|40-yard dash:||4.73 (at OSU's camp last summer)|
|Bench Press:||350 pounds|
|Hometown/School:||Wexford, Pa. (North Allegheny HS)|
Since Penn State has entered the Big Ten, Michigan has become a threat to steal players from the usually fertile grounds of Pennsylvania. This year has been no different, with Keystone stars like Chad Henne, A.Q. Shipley, and Dan Connor all mentioning the Wolverines in their top three. While the Nittany Lions are seemingly in good shape for the aforementioned trio, one Pennsylvania star appears to be slipping away. North Allegheny HS defensive end Chris Rogers has his list trimmed to Penn State and Michigan, but one team has taken the lead.
"Michigan's on top just by a slight margin I'd say, looking overall at everything," explained Chris.
The Wexford resident has had a busy spring, gaining 13 early offers before cutting his list down to the Wolverines and Nittany Lions. This weekend, Chris will travel the four and a half hours from suburban Pittsburgh to Ann Arbor to attend at least one day of Michigan's first summer camp session.
"I'm just going up for one day on Monday. Then I'm going to look around the campus a little and talk to the coaches on Sunday and Tuesday," said Chris, who will be making his third visit to Michigan (February and April) since the beginning of the year.
As it currently appears, Michigan will be the only camp the on Chris' schedule for the summer. Although Chris has already been to Penn State once, does he plan on taking another look see this summer?
"No that's not in my plans," Chris stated.
The inevitable question then is, does Chris plan on making a verbal commitment to Michigan while he's on his unofficial visit?
"I've been thinking about it, but I have to have the right feeling. It's kind of hard because it's a really big decision to make but if everything's right and I feel like doing it, it could be a possibility."
Being a Pennsylvania kid, born in bred in the heart of both Penn State and Pittsburgh territory, what gives Michigan the edge?
"I have a better relationship with the coaches. It feels like home up there. Penn State is great, but Michigan is a little more comforting for me," confessed Rogers, who also admitted to receiving some pressure from Nittany Lion and Panther faithful to stay home. "They say why aren't you choosing Pitt and why's Penn State number two. Every single day something comes up. It's always that battle."
If a decision should come this weekend, Chris knows that his parents will be there to support him.
"They're not pushing it either way for either school. They just say that it's your decision. They're both great universities, so they say it's all what you feel is right. They support me 100% with which ever decision I make."
Unfortunately for Penn State fans, it appears we'll be facing this talented defensive end, rather than cheering for him.
(Interview by Steve Curry)