NLR HS Coach Brad Bolding Talks About Rogers

North Little Rock (AR) High School head football coach Brad Bolding talks about his player, defensive end Anthony Rogers who committed to Mississippi State Friday afternoon.

Exceptional talent is a always a requirement if you expect to play in the Southeastern Conference. But another requirement, especially if you want to play for Mississippi State's Coach Sylvester Croom, is exceptional character. And it appears Anthony Rogers has that.

"The biggest thing about Anthony is his tremendous character," said North Little Rock High School head coach Brad Bolding. "He's a leader not only in the school but in the community. He's the kind of example you want on your team and in school if you are a high school coach."

That character showed through in a big way this past season.

"He broke his hand before last season and missed the first six games and had to wear a big cast on his arm the rest of the year," said Bolding.

While that's a perfect example of the type charcter kid he is, you still have to have special talent to play in the SEC. And Coach Bolding believes Rogers has it.

"He's a big, strong, athletic kid who works exceptionally hard in the weight room and looks like an SEC football player," said Bolding. "He's the kind of kid that doesn't have to have a coach in there with him to make him work hard."

And Coach Bolding believes Rogers character will show through as schools become more serious about him.

"He's receiving a lot of attention from other schools like Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, LSU," said Bolding. "LSU has even sent him a couple of handwritten letters.

"But he's real excited that Mississippi State jumped on him so quick. And I don't see him as a kid that will change his commitment."

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