Joliet LB is a tackling-machine

Joliet LB Blake Rogers (6-0, 239) is a player to keep an eye on this fall. After a solid freshman season, the sure-tackler is still waiting on his first offer, but he's got a handful of D-1 programs looking at him...

Rogers was a standout prep at Plainfield (Il.) South High School and signed with Quincy University, but within a month he knew he needed to leave.

"I just wasn't happy there," Rogers admitted to "I wanted to play at the highest level I could and it just wasn't the right fit for me, so I decided to leave and Joliet was the close to home and they have a good program, so I decided to get up here and play ball."

As a freshman last season, Rogers was a mainstay in the middle of the Wolves' defense, posting 75 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a 45-yard touchdown, while earning First Team All-Conference and First Team All-League honors.

"I'm good at reading plays and making tackles when I get to the ball," Rogers said. "I've worked on my speed a lot and this spring I ran a 4.44 and I got a lot stronger this summer (400 pound bench).

"Now it's just about me getting out and being productive again and seeing if any schools decide to offer me."

This spring, Rogers got calls from Illinois, UCLA, Kansas State and Northern Illinois, but none stepped forward with an offer.

"They all told me they were going to be recruiting me, but I haven't heard from them in a while," Rogers said. "All I can do is control what I do out on the field and how I prepare for a game. After that, it's all in their hands and if they think I can play.

"I know I can play at the highest level, I just need someone to give me a shot."

Rogers is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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