Nate Rogers grew up in South Sioux City, Nebraska where he attended South Sioux City High School. Rogers was a two year starter for both basketball and football and was named Class B All-State for both sports. As a senior in high school, Rogers recorded 11 receptions for 310 yards against Platteview to set a Class B single game record for receiving yards and the second most yards in Nebraska high school history.
Rogers rewrote South Sioux City High School’s receiving record books setting new marks in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,112) and receiving touchdowns (17).
I asked Rogers why he continued playing football over other sports such as basketball and he said, “growing up I mostly played basketball and so it was a tough decision to decide what sport to play in college, I choose football because it’s the ultimate team game and it’s organized chaos, I feel like I made the right decision in the end.”
After Rogers decided to attend Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Rogers reflected on his choice to attend WSC by saying, “I wanted to attend Wayne State because I felt like it was the best fit for me both academically and in football, I really liked the coaching staff that recruited me here, it felt like home on my visit and I am very glad I made the tough decision to go to Wayne State.”
Rogers had a fantastic career in college at Wayne State College. Throughout his career, Rogers was a proven red-zone threat after accumulating 36 touchdowns. While at Wayne State College, Rogers racked up 2,348 yards on just 171 receptions.
While playing football, Rogers was also pursuing a degree with majors in sports management and business administration with a minor in coaching.
I asked Rogers if playing professionally was always his dream or if he had a different career in mind and he said, “I always wanted to play professionally in a sport and it didn’t have to be in football, but that’s never guaranteed and so I had other goals as well like wanting to be a coach/mentor and also own my very own training facility.”
Rogers is incredible athletic with impressive speed and ability. The catch radius the young man possess is quite impressive downfield. However, the most impressive aspect of Rogers game is the knowledge he possess. Understanding how to catch the ball at its peak while maintaining focus on surroundings allows Rogers to come down with the ball and gain extra yardage.
With all of these impressive traits, I decided to ask Rogers who he molded his game after and he said, “I tried to mold my game after Calvin Johnson and Randy Moss, those are my top two favorite receivers of all time, so taking bits and pieces from their game is a way for me to become the best that I can be.”
I strongly believe Rogers will end up on an NFL roster next spring. Rogers continues to learn each and every day and has proven to be an excellent receiver both downfield and on the sideline. His fluent hip movement and fast feet allow Rogers to create separation which is ideal for success, especially in a pass heavy league.