New QB verbal here to stay

GARY ROGERS, THE rifle-armed senior-to-be from Mukilteo's Kamiak High who already has committed verbally to play his college ball at WSU, doesn't figure to see action as a Cougar for at least a couple of seasons. But he recently served notice that Ol' Wazzu's parade of signal calling excellence looks to be set through the end of the decade.

The renown "Air Attack" weekend skills camp is in the Seattle area this month for the first time and Rogers has taken advantage of the opportunity, getting in a ton of reps and refining technique. In the process, he's shown off a cannon of an arm that should put a spring in the step of any self-respecting crimson loyalist.

Ironically, one of the QBs working out with him has been Carl Bonnell, the former Cougar signee who is transfering to Washington this fall. Alas, to avoid any worry that Rogers will follow Bonnell's trek to the dark side, Rogers recently told Chris Fetters at "Let the Washington State fans know that I'm really happy that I'm going to be a Coug. I've made my decision. It's final."

With touted Chris Hurd and Josh Swogger already in the Cougar fold, the greatest passer in the history of Oregon prep football en route this fall in the form of Eugene's Alex Brink, and now the talented Rogers, Quarterback U does indeed seem stocked nicely well into the future.

Besides WSU, Rogers had been drawing strong interest from Washington, Michigan State and Northwestern, with Notre Dame, Arizona State, Oregon State, Nebraska and others lurking.

Rogers' upside is immense. His size (6-5, 225) is Bledsoe-esque. His agility (4.75 in the 40) downright Rosebachian. And his leadership skills (team captain last season as a junior) reminiscent of the Hurlin' Hawaiian.

Speaking of Timm Rosenbach, he was one of the big reasons why Rogers cast his lot with the Cougars following last month's Crimson & Gray football game. "I liked him (Rosenbach) a lot," Rogers told "He played in the NFL, and with his experience I know I can get there too."

Besides, Rogers added, "I always liked Wazzu and then when I went over there I liked it even more. They have a Sports Management program, which is what I want to do. It's the best decision for me."

In 2002, Rogers completed 85 of 149 passes for 1,500 yards and 15 TDs. He was second-team all-league and susequently earned2003 "Nugget in Waiting" status from the Tacoma News Tribune.

At the Air Attack, Rogers and Bonnell highlighted a very strong senior group of Everegreen state quarterbacks whot were on hand, including Ballard's Cole Morgan, Mountlake Terrace's Brian Ellersick, Mount Si's Alex Smart and Bethel's James Wright.

According to analysts at, Morgan is a great-looking prospect with a nice blend of size, speed and arm. Ellersick really came on the scene last year, throwing for a mile in the run-heavy WesCo. Smart looks like he's grown a bit and has matured in his style of play. It will be very interesting to see how much attention he gets from the top majors this fall. Wright has a cannon for an arm but still needs to build up his frame. He's a tall and gangly player brimming with confidence. He will be filling Johnny DuRocher's shoes for coach Eric Kurle and the Braves this fall, so he'll need all the mojo he can muster.

Air Attack, based out of Beaverton, Ore., is the creation of Greg Barton, a former professional QB and father of former Husky QB Tyler Barton. "The camps are wholly inclusive -- it doesn't matter if you are an 8th-grader or a player already in college -- they will put you in a group of players in your skill level and give you so many reps it will make you wonder why your coach doesn't work you this hard," says Fetters.

The final Seattle camp will be held at Lake Washington High School this Saturday, May 24. There will be two separate sessions for quarterbacks and "skill position" players, from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Cost for either session is $150. Players may attend both sessions for an extra $50. Offensive linemen will work out from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Registration is available at the Air Attack website:

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