July 24, 2006

Rogers already drawing comparisons to Edwards

Braylon Edwards is no longer just a former U-M football player. He is an icon in the state of Michigan … an example for every high school athlete dreaming big. Case in point: football commitment James Rogers, according to those who have seen him play, could be "the next Braylon Edwards - his talent and domination of high school competition would certainly lead you to believe so," Madison Heights coach Ryan Culloty said.

Rogers isn't unlike a lot of the recruits committed by major universities across the nation … on a prep level he is just too good and too valuable to serve one role. He can't just be a wide receiver - he has to be more than that. But he can be a darn good receiver some day.

"He has all the tools. He has the speed, he's tall, very athletically built and his speed - I don't care what level we're talking about, he has great speed," Culloty said. "He's definitely a few steps quicker than anyone we put on the field to defend him.

"The reason I see him having success at receiver is because one-on-one he's better than any athlete he's going to match up with. In high school, that athleticism and talent allows him to run loose through an entire defense. In college, at a school like Michigan, you could never get away with that, but up against a single cornerback James is going to have the upper hand."

Culloty was a bit surprised by the Michigan commitment, only because he didn't think anybody knew about Rogers. Few athletes out of Madison Heights are ever recruited, and he wondered if Rogers would get the notice he deserved.

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