Two weeks ago, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen announced the addition of four junior college transfers - cornerback Keishawn Richardson, quarterback Skyler Howard, linebacker Edward Muldrow and offensive lineman Sylvester Townes.Those four will not be the only newcomers enrolling next week, however. High schoolers Ricky Rogers and Davonte James, a wide receiver and linebacker, respectively, will also enroll early.Rogers, a product of nearby WPIAL powerhouse Gateway High School, knows things will move quickly."The coaches told me I'm being thrown into the fire," said Rogers. "I get there on the 6th [of January], classes start on the 8th and, boom, I'm in there. It will be new and fun and interesting."
The moment he steps onto campus, Rogers says he will begin offseason workouts with the team. While he did not receive anything official from the coaching staff, the 6-foot-3, 192-pound prospect says his training for the next level has been ongoing."I knew what I needed to work on going from last season," he said. "I've been working on my speed and getting faster. I think I need to get faster, and with my route running, I need to stop popping up [when coming out of breaks]. I'm trying to become a crisper route runner."The aforementioned speed is what Rogers feels will be the biggest obstacle to overcome at the next level, hence the reason he has focused on it so thoroughly this offseason.
"The speed of the game is the biggest difference," said Rogers. "It's going to be faster and the competition will get better. Once I get a chance to play, though, I think I will be fine."In fact, Rogers is hoping to do more than "fine." He has big plans for his time as a Mountaineer and hopes his early enrollment will help them achieve some lofty goals."My goal is to put myself in position to start as a true freshman," he said. "After the spring, I'm hoping we're talking about how I didn't make many mistakes and got better every week. I want to produce and belong and contribute as a true freshman. That's why I'm enrolling early."Aside from making his mark on Saturdays, Rogers says just being part of the team is a huge accomplishment for him."I'm looking forward to being part of such a great program and such a great history at WVU," he said. "They take such pride in the program and the state. I'm glad I will be a part of it."Rogers received a three-star, 0.8742-rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation's 59th-ranked wide receiver. For more coverage of West Virginia recruiting, visit www.eersports.com.