The D Zone

Monday, April 25, 2016

Incoming Oak Park Lineman Justin Rogers becomes the youngest Michigan HS Football Student-Athlete to be offered

Last year on May 4th, 2015 the University of Akron flipped the Midwest upside down as they made history by offering 2019 QB Sam Johnson III who was still in 8th grade at the time.  The verbal scholarship sent half of the state into congratulative or positive reaction, while another half was bitter and cried foul, but the scholarship offer to Johnson III didn't impact many people besides him, his family, and his teammates at most.

Here we are less than a year later and a younger student-athlete has been offered a verbal scholarship.  On April 25th, 2016 the University of Kentucky Wildcats of the SEC offered Oak Park 2020 OL/DL Justin Rogers.   Rogers is a part of an incoming freshman class at Oak Park that will feature several highly regarded football players and as you see by Kentucky action's, starting with Rogers. They will be coveted on the recruiting trail early.

Kentucky has really picked up a lot of slack on the recruiting trail just in the past week as they're looking to improve their team with several recent offers including; Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 2017 WR/CB Kahlee Hamler about 2 weeks ago before Spring Evaluation.  Since Friday the Wildcats became the 4th offer and first ever school to offer a Freshman from Michigan by offering Belleville 2019 OT Devontae Dobbs,  University of Detroit Jesuit 2017 Athlete Scott Nelson, and Cass Tech 2018 LB DeAndre Square.  Kentucky also were the first offers for Gibraltar Carlson 2018 SS "ATH" Jaylan Franklin and 2018 TE/OLB Matt Harmon.

So whether you agree or disagree with a young football player being offered, just remember you're not the one who is making the decision.


  1. High school coaches lying to 8th graders to get tgem to come to their school. Nobody offered this kid. Coach Clinkscale confirmed

    1. A college coach cannot confirm or deny that. It would be an NCAA rules violation if he would have.