After checking out the campuses of Michigan and Michigan State earlier this season, class of 2016 linebacker Eric Rogers had the opportunity to finally make it down to Ohio State for a game day visit this past Saturday for the Buckeyes big win over the Fighting Illini of Illinois.
Even though Eric has spent plenty of time at major programs in the past, the four-star prospect from Warren, MI walked away totally impressed with everything that OSU had to offer.
"It was a great experience. My favorite visit so far for sure." the 6'1, 225-pound junior told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I was able to meet Coach Coombs, and get on base with him. I was also able to take a tour of the Woody Hayes Facility, and in the locker room after the game, and see the team. The shutout was great. They played really good."
Before his visit to Columbus, Rogers was really only in contact with Ohio State Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni. After his trip, it looks like another fan favorite will start keeping a close eye on the linebacker.
"Coach Coombs and I had a brief talk. He said they would want me up on more visits after the season and after their season is over he will come up to see me often."
Ranked the seventh inside linebacker, and 243rd overall prospect in the 2016 class by the 247Sports Composite, the De La Salle Collegiate standout has still yet to receive an offer, but that could soon change. Leading the Pilots defense with 86 total tackles so far this season, plenty of colleges are starting to take notice of his talents.
Florida State, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Stanford, Oklahoma, Bowling Green, Toledo, and Kent State are just a few of the long list of schools that join UM, MSU, and OSU in showing increased interest as of late.
You have to gain interest before you add an offer, which is something Eric hopes the Buckeyes come through with at some point during the process.
"An offer would mean a lot," said Rogers, who is searching for a school with great academics and a coaching staff that can help mold him into the best athlete he can be."It would be great to be a part of a program like that. OSU football has great tradition, and always has success."
Get a small look at why so many schools are starting to recruit Eric Rogers with these highlights, courtesy of the crew at Hudl: