The first official visit weekend of the year has already been a rousing success for the Wisconsin football program.
Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez already received one commitment today -- Roderick Rogers, a 6-2, 180-pound safety from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Rogers was hosted by Jonathan Orr (who is lauded by the UW coaching staff as being one of the top recruiting hosts on the roster) and made his commitment to Alvarez this morning.
He is the only person that committed over the weekend, but there could be more good news coming this week or later this month. All of the incoming recruits reportedly had a blast on their visit.
One guy to keep an eye on is Albert Young, who is heavily favoring the Badgers and had a wonderful time over the weekend being hosted by Anthony Davis.
A late addition to the list of visitors was Brandon Tobias, a 6-5, 200-pound wide receiver from Chicago's Thornton Township High School. Tobias, a big-time player in the Midwest, was hosted by fellow Windy City native Enrique Cook.
Chris Patrick, who was hosted by Mike Kleber, reconfirmed his commitment to the Badgers over the weekend, as did Johnny White, who was hosted by Devin Hollins. Both gave their word over the weekend that they are solid commitments.
Texas prospects Kurt Ware and Robert Felton enjoyed their visits, hosted by Jonathan Welsh and Jonathan Clinkscale, respectively, while quarterback Tyler Donovan spent the weekend with host Jim Sorgi.
Here is the story we posted earlier this week on Roderick Rogers, as he announced he was moving his visit to this weekend:
After an in-home visit from Defensive Backs Coach Ron Cooper last night, Roderick Rogers has decided to move his visit to this weekend from the original date of Dec. 13.
Cooper requested that Rogers visit the morning after his state quarterfinal showdown Friday night. Rogers, a 6-2, 180-pound safety from Stephenson High School (12-0) in Stone Mountain, Georgia, will face another undefeated squad, Camden County, before flying to Madison the following morning.
Rogers said he's always wanted to play in the Big Ten, and Wisconsin and West Virginia are his leaders right now. He will visit West Virginia Jan. 10, and might visit Georgia Tech in late January. After mentioning LSU was his favorite a couple of weeks ago, he had a change of heart, and the Badgers and Mountaineers are now his leaders.
"Their coaches have told me they need somebody to come in and play right away, and I'm the type of player that wants to play as soon as I get there," Rogers said.
During his visit with Cooper last night, the UW assistant coach detailed the reasons Rogers could play immediately.
"He said because I'm a versatile safety and I come from a good program," Rogers said. "They saw a couple of my highlight films and I can hit and cover at the same time. He said he likes that...he also talked about the academic programs and the things that would be going on if I decided to go there."
Rogers, considered one of the top safeties in the south, has 75 tackles and five interceptions this season. He also has an interception return for a touchdown and two punt blocks for a touchdown.
"I'm just an aggressive players that comes up and makes big plays, makes things happen for the team and shows leadership," Rogers said.
Rogers said the most important thing he's looking for this weekend is how players act around him and what the team chemistry is like.
"I'm going to see the social standpoint of it, see what the people are like that I'm going to spend four years with, if they are friendly or easy to get along with," Rogers said.
Distance has never been a factor in Rogers decision. In fact, the further away the better.
"I kind of want to get away from my mom. I want to get away and grow up on my own," Rogers said.
While Rogers has two more visits scheduled, he did not dismiss the possibility of committing to the Badgers this weekend.
"I could commit when I get to a place. I'm not sure if I will take all my visits," Rogers said.
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