Ricky Rogers on verge of Big Ten offers

MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- Gateway High School played its fair share of young players over the last few years, and as a result the Gators’ underclassmen are already on the radar of major BCS programs.

One such prospect is 2014 receiver Ricky Rogers, whose name emerged after a strong summer at camps and 7-on-7 tournaments.

Robert Morris, Rutgers, Toledo and West Virginia have already offered the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Rogers, and he could be close to his first Big Ten and ACC offers.

“I believe will Michigan will offer depending on how I do this year,” he said. “Maryland has showed interest and Michigan State.”

This summer, Rogers made it up to Michigan for a visit during preseason practices. The only player up there, Rogers received the full attention of the Michigan staff. Coaches Brady Hoke, Al Borges, Darrell Funk and Jeff Hecklinski.

Rogers liked everyone on staff and called Hoke “a very nice guy.”

It was Michigan’s academics that stood out most to Rogers, though.

“They really care for their student-athletes -- academics come first before football,” Rogers said. “They really care how well they do after college, and they’re preparing them for life after football."

Rogers plans to visit Michigan when it takes on rival Michigan State on Oct. 20.

West Virginia will also host Rogers for a visit Sept. 22 for its game against Maryland.

At this early juncture, Rogers is not leaning toward any school in particular.

“I’m just trying to see what goes on this year and see what happens next year,” he said. “Hopefully someone will come out and stick out to me.”