Is Logan Rodgers among the more explosive and exciting players in 4A classification’s first-district? No less than the Governors from Austin Peay seem to think so. If all you can see is this kid’s height, you’re focusing on the wrong set of numbers.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball’s Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member
I believe in football, especially in the high school variety, we get caught up in the wrong numbers. For instance, everyone wants to discuss Logan Rodgers from Hopkins Central being 5’9″ and weighing 160-pounds but they forget about his ranking 13th in ’21, Kentucky-wide, in receiving while only playing in 11-games.
People want to discount his close to 200-yards rushing last season in only 22-carries. His approximately nine-yards per carry in ’21 on the year and the TD he housed every 5.5 or so carries gets swept under the rug. Fans conveniently forget his 4-rushing TDs over the 22-carries, which went along with his prodigious receiving numbers we’re about to discuss.
People want to forget his 28-receptions, his 570-receiving yards, or his 7-TDs receiving. Let’s discuss his 20.4-yards per reception, or his 52-yards receiving per game, or his being one of the region’s fastest 100-meter guys. What about those numbers?
Who even remembers his being the team’s second leading offensive scorer a year ago. In addition to his scoring by land and air, he also logged a pair of points on specials. How many scorers contribute production in all offensive phases of a football game? Not too many we would expect.
Speed seems really important at WR, where Rodgers most actively aligns. Now the last time we checked this athlete’s 100-meter time he clipped off an 11.5-second time. Track times are laser-timed and an 11.5-second 100m would convert to a 40-yard dash in the high 4.7s, FAT (fully automated time), which is fast.
However, that time was on the starter’s gun and not the athlete’s first movement. When timed on his first movement, Rogers has been proven even quicker than when timed on the starter’s gun.
Rogers has been timed in the 40 at some recent football camps running the 40 in the 4.5-4.6 range consistently. That, too, is really, really fast!
The bottom line is this…Rodgers came out of one of the commonwealth’s top middle school programs at South Hopkins Middle vowing to help change the culture at Hopkins Central. He has done just that.
Central is routinely battling North-Hopkins for city supremacy and looks poised to enter the district supremacy discussion this coming Fall. It is players like Rodgers who have gotten the Storm to this point. Who are we kidding?
Here are some more striking numbers for you. How about a 180-pound bench and a 360-pound deadlift. Not bad for a 160-pounder.
Austin Peay is on this prospect and is bringing him in, this Fall, for a game day visit. There will be many other suitors before this recruitment is finished, especially if these programs focus on the important numbers.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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