Rogers Hopes To Impress

With Northwestern listed as one of his favorite schools, Lawrence Central (IN) High School lineman Wes Rogers is hoping to make a big splash at camp in Evanston, with the hopes of picking up an offer from the Wildcats.

"It's one of the first camps I'm going to—maybe the second one," said Wes Rogers. "It's a very important one for me."

Rogers (6-4, 275) has offers from Army, Air Force, Ball State, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Temple, Toledo, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan. In addition, he's picked up a lot of interest from Big Ten schools including Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa, and Purdue, and other schools like Missouri and Virginia Tech.

Northwestern is a school that really stands out for the offensive lineman, but Rogers still doesn't know where he stands.

"They're very high on my list, I'm just not sure where I stand on their list," Rogers said. "I know they're interested in me, but they haven't given me an offer yet."

For Rogers, academics are the most important thing. Northwestern's high academic prestige is something that really stands out.

"I'm really big on education," Rogers said. "They have a great education."

But during his visit, Rogers took notice to NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald, and his enthusiastic coaching style. That was something that caught the lineman's eye.

"Coach Fitzgerald was the coolest guy," Rogers said. "He's a real players-coach. He wasn't very far away."

And overall, the entire Northwestern experience was a positive one.

"I liked everything about it," he said.

Ever since his on-campus visit, Rogers has been in contact with Northwestern wide receivers coach Dennis Springer, who has served as his main recruiter. Springer was in contact with Rogers while coaching at Indiana, and that has carried over now with Springer in Evanston.

Springer has invited Rogers to attend a Northwestern camp, and he plans to do so for the June 14th camp in Evanston. As he continues to receive strong interest from NU, Rogers realizes this could be a major step in picking up an offer.

"They really want to see me in camp and see me move, then they'll go from there," Rogers said.

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