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Ready from Home: Errol Rogers Jr. preparing for freshman year with Cajuns

UL Freshmen were to report on May 30th, date in flux due to quarantine
Posted at 9:06 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 23:41:17-04

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette Christian’s Errol Rogers junior was having the dream senior year. He helped lead LCA to their 3rd straight state championship and won title game MVP. All while signing to play college football with the hometown Ragin’ Cajuns. So for Rogers, he can’t let a pandemic stop his momentum.

“A lot of people say they want it but they really don’t want it," Rogers said. "I've just been doing whatever I can do.”

With no access to weight rooms or gyms, it’s forced Rogers to get creative with how he improves his craft.

“i’ve been using anything I can find in my house. Some dumbbells, pushups, a lot of footwork stuff.”

Joining the Cajuns as a wide receivers, Rogers needs to work on his hands and route running. That’s why on this day, he called his former LCA teammate and Northwestern State QB Zach Clement for an assist with this home workout.

“You don’t wanna be all slower. A lot of people, if they don’t run routes for a long time, they start to run again and they’re rusty. You don’t wanna be rusty going into camp. You're in college, you want to be able to play.”

Rogers is also using this time to fall in love with film study. UL envisions him as a slot receiver, so Rogers has been watching tape of former Cajuns standout Bam Jackson, along with some of the biggest stars in college football.

“i like watching a lot of videos of Jerry Jeudy and people like him. I try to take little things from him and take it outside. Taking little things from Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, CeeDee Lamb. I just try to take little things from them and work on it every day.”

UL’s highly touted recruiting class was expected to report to campus on May 30th but that could be pushed back. No matter how long it takes, Rogers will be ready to make an impact.

“i can bring a lot of energy to the team. Helping out the receivers. Getting open. Even if I'm not catching the ball. Just stuff like that to help the team win."