August 5, 2010

Holt (MI) OL Kenny Rogers talks about his CMU commitment

Central Michigan landed their 10th commitment for the 2011 class earlier this week when Holt (MI) offensive tackle Kenny Rogers made the call. Rogers, a 6-foot-6 and 255 pound lineman, earned All-Conference honors last year as a junior and was very impressive on the camp circuit this summer.

He chose the Chippewas over an offer from Ball State and interest from programs such as Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Toledo, Western Michigan and Cincinnati. In the end though, the hour and a half distance between CMU and Holt (MI) proved to be a perfect scenario for Rogers.

"I picked CMU because I felt it was a good fit for me to go to, and I felt that the coaching staff will push me to become the best I can be and to always get better," said Rogers. "I also chose CMU because it's in Michigan and I really wanted to stay in state and it's close enough to be home, but also far enough away to get away and to start my own life."

Rogers has displayed the athleticism to play tackle at the next level, but he is willing to play at whatever position the staff asks him.

"I was recruited as and offensive lineman, and as an offensive tackle primarily, but I could play any position on the line. I see myself as a player that strives to get better everyday and to make the team better everyday so everyone gets better."

Central Michigan has been looking to add an athletic tackle prospect to the 2011 class and they were more than happy when Rogers made his pledge.

"When I told them that I was committing, all the coaches were excited and glad to hear that I want to be apart of the Chippewa family," added Rogers. "You could say they were "Fired Up" to have me apart of it."

Additionally, being from Holt, Rogers is in close proximity of the Chippewas other offensive line commit in Waverly's Ramadan Ahmeti.

"Of the other 2011 commits, I have only talked with Ramadan, another OL commit. I feel he will be a great guy to be playing with in the future."

Grabbing two Lansing are players is key in head coach Dan Enos's vision as he builds Chippewa pipelines in the state of Michigan. While the Chippewas have had success in the Lansing area in the past, Holt has been a harder sell as of late with Mitch Zajac (Western Michigan), Austin Holtz (Ball State) and Stephen Johnson (Eastern Michigan), all ending up at rival MAC schools. While none of those players had a CMU offer, it is worth noting that the Chippewas went into a school that has sent players elsewhere and nabbed arguably the Rams top prospect in recent memory.

"I have only recently spoken with Austin from Ball State, and he congratulated me and was understanding on why I choose CMU. I haven't talked to any of the others yet."

With Rogers in place, look for the Chippewas to add only one more offensive lineman to the 2011 class.

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