Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Caldin Rogers Hopes To Gain More Interest

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Caldin Rogers Hopes To Gain More Interest

Despite a 4-5 record, St.Clair Shores (Mich.) Southlake has some of the best young talent in the state on their varsity football team.

Junior lineman Kyonta Stallworth has national offers from the likes of Michigan State, UCLA, Florida and Tennessee and running back Martell Pettaway is one of the top sophomores in the state.

Defensive end Caldin Rogers doesn't get as much publicity has his fellow teammates, but the 6-4, 210-pound junior certainly deserves some attention like the other two.

"I've played with them both since P.A.L., and I'm glad to be able to play with them in high school," Rogers said. "We've become brothers and it's a great feeling."

Although the Cavaliers failed to make the playoffs this season, Rogers said his junior campaign was still a success, and it looking forward to his senior season at Southlake. In nine games Rogers says he recorded 68 tackles,18 sacks, and forced seven fumbles. He also caught six passes for 68 yards as a tight end.

"It was a very productive season for me," said Rogers. "It didn't go as I hoped it would, but that's why I'm in the weight room and coming back stronger next year."

Rogers doesn't have any offers to date, but plans to attends more camps over the summer in order to get more exposure. Rogers also plays basketball for his high school, and said playing basketball over the winter will help keep him in shape.

On the gridiron, Rogers has a quick first step to the quarterback from his defensive end position, and seems to always be around the ball, especially on run plays. He's a little thin for his position but will add weight, and has that height and length you'd like from a defensive end.

"Playing defensive end is fun, and it's fun just being apart of the defense," said Rogers. "I play with the intensity and passion like my idol Ray Lewis. I have a non-stop motor, and I bring that energy and spark a team needs on the defensive side."

Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Missouri, and Akron have all expressed their interest in Rogers, with the Spartans and Hoosiers sticking out to him the most so far.

"I've gotten a lot of mail from Indiana just talking about the 12 steps of being a Hoosier and campus life," he said. "I also talked with coach Samuels from Michigan State, and he was just telling me about the program, but no offer talk yet."

Rogers plans to visit Michigan State on Saturday with Stallworth, who is very high on the Spartans, for their game against rival Michigan.