Just Who is Kenny Rogers?

The news of the day around the country surrounds the recruitment of Cameron Newton. While Newton's exploits on the field and legal issues at Florida are well documented, many of the other figures allegedly involved in this incident are not as well known. Perhaps the central person in the case is former Mississippi State football player Kenny Rogers

Rogers played at Mississippi State from 1982 to 1985 and was a teammate of then quarterback John Bond.

Kenny spent a brief time in the NFL during the lockout of 1987 as a player for the Miami Dolphins.

What happened with the Bulldogs' former running back after that remained a mystery until now.

I had contact with Kenny briefly in December of 2006 when I tracked down his son, Justin, who was a talented running back out of Vestavia Hills High School.

That December 3rd interview was the first for Justin who eventually signed on with Nebraska.

Rogers' time in Lincoln was short lived and he is currently enrolled in junior college at Arizona Western. He has accepted an offer from Texas Tech to play next fall.

Despite receiving interest from his father's alma mater out of high school, Justin showed very little interest in Mississippi State and took his official visits to other schools.

The Bulldogs' recruitment of the legacy never got off of the ground.

Kenny's name surfaced on my radar again earlier this year in connection with some division one players seeking transfers.

Rogers had reportedly contacted the families of these players and offered his services through his company, Elite Football Preparation.

He presented himself as a person who had connections with college programs and as one who could help these players find the right fit for themselves.

Neither player accepted any assistance from Rogers and found their own transfer destinations.

Cameron Newton's father, Cecil, told ESPN that Rogers approached him once it was known that Cam would be leaving the University of Florida.

Rogers' Chicago based company has reportedly played a role in several high profile college football transfers, details of which are expected to be released in the coming days.

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