LOVEJOY — William Rogers has paved the way for one of the county’s top rushing attacks in each of his seasons as an anchor on the offensive line.

Lovejoy ran behind Rogers frequently in 2017 to historic results. Running back Zion Custis rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, earning County Player of the Year honors as a result.

As Custis ran through giant holes, Rogers began to emerge on the recruiting radar. He was named First Team All-County and All-Region for his performance as a junior.

“They always say the game is won in the trenches, so whoever wins in the trenches, that’s who normally wins the game,” Rogers said.

Originally from Long Island, Rogers moved to Clayton County in elementary school. The first sport he picked up was baseball, until a memorable play convinced him football was his calling.

“At first I was into baseball. I went to run down a kid, to touch him with the ball, and then I accidentally pushed him over too hard,” Rogers said. “My uncle was like ‘you need to play some football,’ so that’s how I got into it. I was always bigger than everybody else. I played multiple sports, I just recently started playing one sport. I was always athletic but football was more for me because I was just bigger.”

At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Rogers is among the stronger high school lineman. His power at the point of attack provides Lovejoy options in short-yardage situations.

“Will is a quiet assassin,” Lovejoy head coach Edgar Carson said. “This is his third year starting for us, so the kids look up to him. He anchors the offensive line, he’s our left tackle, our blindside. Now it’s Will’s turn.”

Lovejoy has established itself has the county’s premier program over the last decade with nine straight trips to the state playoffs. Rogers has been a part of a handful of those teams and wants to go out with a bang as a senior.

“I’m very happy to be at the forefront of (Lovejoy),” he said. “A lot of pride and culture comes with that because we’ve always been a good team in the county. We’re always trying to keep the tradition, trying to get back to the Dome like in 2013. We always want to keep that tradition of winning and producing good players.”

Rogers is just starting to gain traction on the recruiting scene, recently receiving offers from Division I schools like West Virginia and Illinois. Another strong season in 2018 should bring in even more interest.

“It means a lot, it shows what Clayton County has,” he said. “A lot of people don’t talk about us but we have a lot of talent. There is always great talent to come out of Clayton County every year.”

William Rogers Bio

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 310 pounds

Offers: West Virginia, Illinois, Georgia State, Boston College, Georgia Southern, South Alabama

Favorite Food: Fried Chicken

Favorite Athlete: LeBron James

Favorite Movie: The Blindside

Favorite Team: Green Bay Packers

Lebron James or Michael Jordan: LeBron James

Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers

Best Player in Clayton County Other Than You: Lovejoy Wide Receivers Jerrod Means and Dayton Wade

Luke Strickland is the sports editor of the Clayton News in Jonesboro and the Henry Herald in McDonough. He went to school at the University of Georgia.

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