We wrote a long perspective story on Justus Rogers last week. Due to a variety of issues happening across the web the story was deleted and we could not recover it. But that will not keep us from singing the praises of the 2016 young gun from powerhouse Bellevue High School. Justus Rogers is 6'2" and 215 pounds and his speed is developing into a top tier level. Only a Sophomore the Wolverine showed some great leadership and skill this past season helping to lead his team to a 6th straight title and a 56-0 record in 2013.
Now Rogers is preparing for the 2014 season by hitting daily strength and conditioning workouts as well as working on his arm with QB Guru Lavelle Durant. According to him people need to keep an eye on this guy.
"Justus is working hard and putting in hours of training. People know he is an athlete and can run but his arm has come a long way. If he stays on the path he is on he will be one of the best. We are all very proud of him," said Durant who trains a number of top QB's including Rogers and 2016 super recruit Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens.
On a recent trip to WSU Rogers found out he had made enough of an impression last season (threw for 5 TD's and ran for 5 more) that the Cougars decided to offer him early.
"I was there on a trip with my team mates Mustafa Branch, Isaac Garcia, and Isaiah Gilchrist. WSU Coach Eric Russell took some time with me 1-1 and let me know they had seen enough to know they wanted to make me an offer. It was a huge honor to have that happen," said Rogers.
He and his team mates have all been offered at this point and the Cougars appear to be after several players on the Bellevue squad. The question for Rogers is what position would the Cougars want him at?
"Coach said that right now it is as an athlete but that Coach Leach will monitor my progress at the QB spot and depending on what happens the next two years I can be a QB for them too."
In early September Rogers will take to the road with his team mates and play powerhouse Serra, the California State Champs, in what is known as the Honor Bowl. The interstate game is another in a series of such games that Bellevue has played in which includes the 2004 signature win over De La Salle that shocked the football community. In that game Bellevue drubbed the 156-0 Spartans and shocked the world. Now it is Bellevue with the 4th longest winning streak in the Nation who heads to California to play in perhaps the biggest marquis game of the 2014 season.
At Outside Linebacker he is a natural. His lanky quick frame and explosive hips make him a prototype at the position. He did a great job creating havoc in the passing lanes last season and is a terrific weapon to bring off the edge on a blitz. If QB is not in his future Linebacker will be. It is too early to tell right now.
When kick off goes down in that game Justus Rogers will be ready to lead the Bellevue wing-t offense onto the field. Look for him to master that potent offense and to take off and run too as a big time threat anytime he wants to. Do not be surprised to see him throw the ball around. Just because the Wolverines do not pass does not mean they can not. The fact is that they can. Rogers has a great arm and with his size he has many of the traits of a D1 QB. It is going to be fun to watch him develop this season and Wolverines try and get their 7th straight title and ride that win streak too!
Justus Rogers is in the Top Tier of all of our 2016 athletes. Look for more stories coming on he, the Wolverines, and all of our great Pacific NW teams and athletes.