The Quaker Valley High ( Leetsdale) quarterback is part of a team that has accumulated a 22-game losing streak. At 6-0 and 175 pounds, Darren Rogers possesses the skills necessary to be a D-I quarterback, but his size may scare away some suitors. Rogers is versatile and can play a number of positions, His versatility will land him a college scholarship.
I like playing quarterback, but Ill do whatever it takes, Rogers said. Penn State, like many others, likes me as a DB/WR type of player.
Penn State is one of several teams currently courting Rogers. Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Stanford, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Kentucky have all been showing similar interest. Rogers basketball prowess has kept him from attending any junior day events.
We are (25-1) and still in the playoffs, we should go pretty far, Rogers said. Ill probably try to make some trips after basketball and before track.
One trip Rogers is definitely planning on making is the journey to State College.
Penn State was the first school to send me a letter, Rogers said. I just love the atmosphere there, they have great fans even when they lose. Im excited to see what its like there if they are winning again. They are definitely my leader.
Rogers is currently working out twice a month with former University Pittsburgh and NFL quarterback Pete Gonzalez. Gonzalez works out 5-6 young quarterbacks at either the Panthers UPMC practice facility or Moon High,. Gonzalezs familiarity with the West Coast offense also attracts Rogers to Stanford.
I like the West Coast offense, I like the checks and the ways you can change whats happening, Rogers said Walt Harris coached Pete, and hes at Stanford now.
As a junior, Rogers threw for 366 yards and one touchdown. On defense he led his team in tackles, had two interceptions, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors, and PA Football News honorable mention all-state honors.
Rogers participated in the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio. This year he will attend an Elite 11 Regional tryout, the Nike Combine at Penn State, and the Metro-Index camp in Pittsburgh.
Rogers is currently favoring Penn State over Stanford, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Boston College and Northwestern.