Exit Davion Rogers

Submitted by Brian on September 17th, 2010 at 3:15 PM

He wasn't on the roster yesterday and now it's official:

Sources close to the U-M football program have confirmed that true freshman Davion Rogers, a linebacker out of Warren, Ohio, is no longer with the program. Rogers, a 6-6, 205-pounder, came to U-M out of Warren G. Harding High School.

No idea why. Rogers reportedly had a Clearinghouse issue earlier this fall so it may be related to that. He wasn't going to play this year since he's skinnier than Roy Roundtree but seemed to have a lot of long-term potential; his departure is another hit to the APR, which seems like it will inevitably drop below 925 now at some point, and another hit to the depth of the defense. Michigan's most recent class has now lost Austin White, Demar Dorsey, Conelius Jones, Antonio Kinard, and Davion Rogers just a month into their freshman years. At some point this has to stop happening, right?

UPDATE: The News confirms and gets someone saying that it was a clearinghouse issue, which means it shouldn't impact Michigan's APR. Tim pointed out that if he was out before the drop/add deadline he wouldn't have counted against the APR anyway. Still, Michigan and Rodriguez have to do a better job of identifying players who will get on campus.



September 17th, 2010 at 3:36 PM ^

We don't have 25 spots to fill on the roster. The max you can have is 85. So even though we could take more than 25 by spreading them out over two classes, we can only take 20 right now because we still have 65 coming back. (Assuming Kovacs and a few others don't get scholarships)


September 17th, 2010 at 3:52 PM ^

Assuming Kovacs and a few others don't get scholarships


Can we please stop assuming that walk-ons that are starting or contributing aren't getting scholarships?  Kovacs is a starter. He's getting a scholarship and so are several other contributing walk-ons and considering we have extra scholarships this year I'm willing to bet that Moundros, McColgan, and Leach at the very least are also getting scholarships this year.

What kind of dick would say, "I know you busted your ass the last three years and have started for two of those, however we have a big recruiting class and we're going to have to pull your scholarship this year.  Maybe if we have a few transfers you'll get a shot next year."?


September 17th, 2010 at 3:51 PM ^

Okay. I still disagree with that opnion. It's kind of hard to replace the recruits that have left when the NCAA penanlizes you by taking scholarships away. We appear to be heading down the same road that we were under the last few years of Carr as far as attrition goes.


September 17th, 2010 at 3:30 PM ^

This is absolutely absurd attrition right?

This is really baffling. How could a kid not tryi to stick it out a couple weeks into the school year. Surely he wasn't expecting to play right away with his build.

Puzzling and somewhat troubling.


September 17th, 2010 at 3:45 PM ^

Someone needs to talk to these kids about their futures.  A Michigan degree is very powerful in the marketplace (yes, I used the word powerful).  These kids need to be realistic - they are not going to play football at the next level.  I can't imagine they won't regret leaving 10 years down the road . . .


September 17th, 2010 at 4:12 PM ^

Its not an elitist statement, its a statement of fact.  Take Lolata for example:  Let's assume he's transferring to Rutgers, and let's assuming he has no future in the NFL.  A Rutgers undergraduate degree is not as valuable as a Michigan degree, on the whole.  True, I'm sure there are thousands of Rutgers grads that go on to do great things and I mean no disrespect.  But the fact is that Michigan is always ranked in the US News and World Report's Top 25 public universities.  Those things carry weight with employers. 

(I apologize if I sound elitist because that is not my intention.)


September 17th, 2010 at 4:13 PM ^

To many of these guys (almost all?), playing football in college is worth getting their undergrad degree from a lesser school.  I was very close to going to a lesser college so I could play football.  I didn't, but it was almost a coinflip, and I don't think I would have regretted it much.

LaLota might not think he still has a shot at the NFL, but he might also think that a school that allows him more PT might help him get there.  NFL aside, LaLota might think that a few years of playing D1 football outweighs the difference in prestige of the degree.  And depending on what he wants to go into, I don't blame him at all.


September 18th, 2010 at 8:08 AM ^

I actually disagree with this. Especially since Lalota is actually from Jersey, there's almost no practical advantage to having a liberal arts degree from UM as opposed to Rutgers (almost all football players end up with liberal arts degrees). Maybe it would help slightly in getting a first job or applying to grad school, but Rutgers is a fine school and I think that would be the extent of any difference, if there's any at all.