Local TE/DE has the size and speed - Chris Rogers

The North Allegheny Tigers will feature an outstanding two-way performer this season. Chris Rogers is a 6-3, 240 lb. tight end/defensive end who has already has offers from Pitt, Penn St, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, and Purdue.<br><br>I had an opportunity to talk about Chris with his coach, Jim Rankin.

Chris Rogers was selected to the 2002 PA Football News 3rd team All-Quad A in 2002 as a tight end. He was also selected to the 2002 Pittsburgh Post Gazette All-Quad North team as a defensive lineman. Chris helped lead the Tigers to a 6-5 record in the Quad North last season.

The following is a question and answer session with his head coach, Jim Rankin.

Q: Chris was listed at 6-3, 225 as a junior. How big is he now?
Rankin: He is 6-3, 240 lbs. We have not timed him in the 40-yard dash, but he has excellent speed.

Q: How many years has he started?
Rankin: Chris is a two-year starter. He started as a sophomore on defense.

Q: What position are the colleges recruiting him most for?
Rankin: Some want him for defensive end, some for tight end. I would say it's about even right now.

Q: What were his stats as a junior?
Rankin: First off, he had a 40-yard average as our punter. At tight end, he caught 14 passes for 278 yards for a 19.9 average per catch. His long reception was for 69 yards. He also had 4 receiving TD's.

At defensive end, he totaled 50 tackles, 30 solo, and 20 assists. He caused 2 fumbles and also had two fumbles recoveries. He also registered 8 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss.

Q: Does he plan on attending any summer camps?
Rankin: Yes, but he hasn't decided which ones as of yet.

Q: What schools have offered and who is in the lead for his services?
Rankin: He doesn't have a leader as of now. Pitt, PSU, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, and Purdue have all offered.

Q: What are Chris Rogers' strengths on offense and defense?
Rankin: On defense, he is very quick. He anticipates plays very well and is quick off the ball. He is a very good athlete overall. On offense, he has soft hands and runs very well. He is also a strong blocker at the point of attack.

Thank you to coach Jim Rankin for taking the time to talk to PittInsiders.com, and best of luck in the upcoming season to Chris Rogers and the Tigers!

Brian Gold

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