Rogers, a three-year starter for the Wildcats, was a leader in the defensive secondary and as a wide receiver and tight end on offense. After speaking with Lindsey Wilson coaches, Rogers said he expects to be used as a wide receiver there.
“He gets an opportunity to play at another level, and we’re excited about that for him,” Trigg head coach Shannon Burcham said. “He’s done everything we’ve ever asked him to do, that’s for sure. Because of his willingness to work and do what he’s asked to do, he’ll be successful.”
Burcham said Rogers’ size, coupled with his performance at Trigg and also at a 2008 wide receiver combine in Nashville, Tenn., make him an easy choice for a team like Lindsey Wilson.
“You can’t coach his frame at 6-foot-3,” Burcham said. “He can go up to catch the ball.”
Rogers said he considered Campbellsville University, which recently signed Trigg senior Josh Adams, as well as Bethel College. He said the attention he received at Lindsey Wilson, as well as the chance for playing time early in his career, were contributing factors to his decision.
“It just felt right there,” Rogers said. “I’m really excited and ready to go on and get there.”
Rogers will also have the chance to be one of the first Blue Raiders to take the field, as this will be Lindsey Wilson’s first season of competition in football.
“They’re trying to build a program from the ground up and bring in good people, and there’s enough good athletes in this state to do that with,” Burcham said. “Mitch will add to that.”
Rogers said he is considering a career in education but hasn’t settled on a major.
“They said 75 percent of people who graduate there already have a job waiting for them,” Rogers said. “That was a big factor.”
Rogers said he’ll have fond memories of his time at Trigg.
“I probably had the best career I could have asked for,” Rogers said, adding he enjoyed playing with his teammates and appreciated the help of Burcham and assistant coach Coby Lewis in getting his name heard by a number of colleges. “I loved my time at Trigg County, but I think Lindsey Wilson will be even better.”
Getting over the hump in the playoffs against Owensboro Catholic was a highlight of the 2009 season for Rogers, he said.
“We got close to winning district, which would have been nice, but beating Owensboro Catholic and making a run in the playoffs was fun,” Rogers said. “No one else at Trigg County can say they beat Owensboro Catholic besides the 2001 team, and we beat them pretty good.”
Rogers also mentioned Trigg’s comeback win over Caldwell County – where his father Cyle is a native – as a good memory.
Rogers decided not to play baseball at Trigg this year to focus on football. After sitting out two years, he also returned to the basketball team in 2009-10 and was a starter for most of the season.