Brad Rogers: Ohio High School Star Now an Iowa Hawkeye

Brad Rogers: Ohio High School Star Now an Iowa Hawkeye
Brad Rogers

Brad Rogers: Ohio High School Star Now an Iowa Hawkeye

Toledo Central Catholic senior running back Brad Rogers committed to Iowa in April of 2008 before his summer began. As a senior his team went 10-0 before falling to Olentangy Liberty in the first round of the playoffs. Now Rogers is focused on strength and conditioning and getting ready for college football.

By Steve Patterson

Four City League Titles

            Rogers, a 5’10” 230 lbs running back with 4.65 speed, played along side fullback Mike Marrow in the backfield for Central Catholic as they won four straight city league titles. Marrow is headed to Alabama while Rogers is ready to be an Iowa Hawkeye. When we asked Rogers about his abilities on the field he mentioned his leadership as his best quality. “My best attribute would have to be my smarts. I’m like a quarterback on offense and defense.”

            The highlight of his time at Central Catholic would be his senior season. “The highlight of my high school career would probably have to be going 10-0 my senior year.” Rogers told us about his shortened season. He missed three games with a high ankle sprain before returning for the playoffs when he was limited to defense.

Big Visit to Iowa City

            Rogers got to visit Iowa over the weekend of November 10th when Iowa defeated the then undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions. On his visited he had the opportunity to talk to the Big 10 Player of the Year, Shonn Greene. “I visited Iowa, Northwestern, Bowling Green and Toledo. They were all good visits.” Rogers explained about his recruiting visit schedule.

            Rogers was an Ohio Preseason Top 50 prospect and the 48th best ranked running back in the country according to He had interest from a number of schools and wanted to evaluate each program for their academics and coaching stability. “I’m looking for a college that’s going to help me when I need it in order to graduate. In a football program I’m looking for a team where I know I’m going to have the same coaches all my years.” He explained to us.

            But Iowa City was the place for Rogers as he liked the atmosphere in Kinnick Stadium and the members of the Hawkeye family. “The thing I like the most about Iowa is the coaches, players and the whole Hawkeye atmosphere!”

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