September 9, 2011

Rogers settling in

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After transferring in from nearby Westland High School, Hilliard (Ohio) Darby sophomore Devon Rogers is starting to settle in nicely at his new school. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound safety prospect notched 10 tackles in the season opener and backed that up in week two with an interception return for a touchdown in a win over Dublin Jerome.

"It's going good," said Rogers of the adjustment to a new program. "At first it was hard, the team is more upbeat and it makes you work a lot harder in practice. I love it here, it's fun and everyone wants to win."

The interception return served as an exclamation point to the 24-7 win over Jerome.

"I just dropped back and saw (the quarterback) looking and I just caught it and ran," he said.

Rogers and his defensive teammates had their hands full going against a pair of future Division I football players in Cameron and Donovan Wilson. The Panthers defense has plenty of talent in its own right in Rogers, Caleb Day, and Cameron Kohl, and the three spearheaded the outstanding effort.

"Cameron Wilson is a good player," he said. "The running back (Donovan Wilson) was good and we were just able to stick with them and lock them down."

It's still early on the recruiting trail for Rogers but that hasn't stopped schools from sending him mail and he's hoping to start making some unofficial visits as soon as possible.

"I just got some mail from Ohio State, Texas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kent State, and Penn State," he said. "I'm trying to schedule a visit to Ohio State for sure and the second team that I'm trying to check out is Oklahoma State, my second favorite, and then wherever else I can get."

Rogers broke down what he liked about both of his top two schools.

On Ohio State - "I just like the atmosphere around Ohio State and how the coaches are. I went to the Ohio State camp and all the coaches were good. They treat you well and I just liked it there."

On Oklahoma State - "It's far away but I've never been to the campus and I've heard it's really nice. I like the defense and I've had some favorite players like Barry Sanders and Dez Bryant that went there."


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