Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

Quaker Valley High quarterback Darren Rogers has seen his share of ups and downs throughout his career. After experiencing several losing seasons at Valley, the Leetsdale native isn't worried about having to wait. He garnered his first scholarship offer recently and is hoping that the newfound attention leads to more.

"I got my first scholarship offer from Bowling Green University," Darren Rogers said. "I was very excited about this because they weren't one of the schools that I heard a lot from early on."

"The recruiter from Bowling Green saw me at the Nike Camp and visited my high school," Rogers said. "He also saw me again at the AK recruiting camp the following week. He and the coaching staff watched my game and highlight tape and he called me the next day with an offer. My family and I are planning to visit the school sometime in June.

Rogers excels on and off the field. He sports a glowing 27 on his ACT and an 1840 on the new SAT.

"So far I attended the Nike camp at State College and the Metro Index Camp at UPMC, AK Recruiting, and the Adidas Elite Combine at UPMC," Rogers said. "I threw the ball very well at the Nike camp but my 40 was not that fast because I was a little fatigued and sore from a track meet the day before."

"I threw the ball very well in each camp," Rogers said. "I ran a good 40 time at the Metro Index Camp with a 4.58 and a 4.46, both were hand timed. No one had a fast time in the 40 at the Adidas camp. The fastest 40 posted was a 4.7 from a kid that usually runs a 4.3."

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.

He will get a look at defensive back and quarterback.

"I also split my time between quarterback drills and defensive back drills at the Adidas Elite Camp," Rogers said. "I went through the DB drills because Pitt is recruiting me as an athlete."

Pittsburgh might be the team to beat for Rogers, who admits he's working on his defensive back abilities to turn the heads of the new coaching staff.

"My parents and I were given a tour of Pitt's facilities after the Adidas camp by the assistant head coach," Rogers answered. "He said they like my athletic ablity and that they would like me to come to their camp this summer. I will be attending for 1 day on the 21st of June."

Since the Nike Camp, Rogers has seen his interest rise considerably.

"I have had a lot of college coaches visit my high school and contact me," Rogers said. "This spring, I received visits at my high school from Northwestern, Bowling Green, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Kent State, Connecticut, Cincinnatti, Indiana, two from the University of Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Stanford and a few others."

"I was invited to a lot of senior camps so I plan on attending as many as I can in June and July," Rogers said. "I will go to the 1 day senior camps at most of the schools. My parents are taking me to Stanford for a 4 day camp at the end of June."

Rogers is hoping the camp appearences will pay off with some more scholarship offers; "I am hoping that I will get a few more offers once some of the coaches can meet me and see me up close," Rogers insisted. "I would like to be able to make a decision before my senior season starts this fall so that I can enjoy my senior year without a lot of pressure."

So whose the favorites up to this point?

"It's hard to pick favorites or leaders right now because things are just starting to pick up with the recruiting, but of course Bowling Green is definitely leading the pack because they were the first to offer a scholarship," Rogers answered.

Rogers recently attended a 1-day camp at Indiana. "It was a good camp and the coaching staff and the facilities were great. After it ended I went on a tour of the University which liked very much."

Rogers recently camped at Kent State and Eastern Michigan over this past weekend. He's definitely a name to watch as we progress into the fall.

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