Cal looks like they've found their quarterback early for the 2016 recruiting class, and their first commit of the class. After tripping up to Cal for Junior Day, Los Angeles (Ca.) Hamilton dual-threat quarterback Armani Rogers has pledged to the Golden Bears.
Feels great to make cal my new home #Gobears pic.twitter.com/0IJAD4n1C1— Armani Rogers (@A_Rogers4) February 23, 2015
Rogers is the Western League Player of the Year for leading Hamilton to a Section Division II championship, a 12-4 record, and a clean slate in league play.
Rogers currently holds early offers from Cal, UCLA and Utah, but it seems Tony Franklin and crew sold Rogers on Berkeley strong this weekend. There aren't many ratings on him yet. Only Rivals has given him any points at this point, with three stars (5.5), but that will change. Rogers's tape just pops off with potential, and the Bears have found a diamond in Los Angeles.
The first thing that stands out is the long athletic frame. Standing at 6'5 and 200 pounds, Rogers is a tower. That's Cam Netwon level height paired with Colin Kaepernick lankiness. Also, he has a fastball of a throw that zips past defenders, and it doesn't seem like he needs to even wind up--that football comes out and it finds his receiver in the best possible position. He's obviously a bit raw in terms of mechanics and techniques, but if he can develop the mental aspect of the game along with his athleticism in the next few years, it won't be long before he's entering that quarterback competition.
Welcome to Cal Armani! GO BEARS!