Caden Rogers at the 2019 Walsh Ironman (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
The Lehigh staff started their Sunday morning with some good news as #28 overall Caden Rogers (Malvern Prep, PA) gave the school a verbal commitment. Rogers is third top-50 recruit to pledge to Lehigh already, joining #4 Ryan Crookham (Saucon Valley, PA) and #44 PJ Casale (Delbarton, NJ). With Rogers' commitment, only ten of the top-30 rising seniors in the nation are currently uncommitted.
Rogers was a champion at the 2021 National Prep Open and defeated a pair of DI recruits along the way. In the semifinals, he downed senior Luke Duthie (Wyoming Seminary, PA), who is headed to Cornell, and for the title he beat junior David Harper (The Baylor School, TN), a Wyoming commit. Recently, Rogers also picked up another victory over Harper at the Disney Duals.
In his two previous appearances at the National Prep Championships, Rogers was third as a sophomore and sixth his freshman year. That improvement is on par with his growth, as Rogers has continued to rise up the rankings as he gets older.
Rogers has shown on a national stage that he's capable of being one of the top big men in the nation. He was a placewinner at the Beast of the East (eighth) in 2019. After his freshman year at Malvern Prep, Rogers was seventh at NHSCA Freshman Nationals at 138 lbs. Just a few months later, he was fifth in Fargo in Junior Greco-Roman, all the way up at 170 lbs. This season, Rogers was a finalist at the Powerade after knocking off one of the favorites, Mac Stout (Mt. Lebanon, PA) in the semifinals.
Next week, Rogers will be in action as he has registered for the Fargo at 195 lbs.
Rogers hails from the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area and is the son of two-time DI All-American Mike Rogers, currently the head coach at Franklin & Marshall.
Pat Santoro's Mountain Hawks will be getting help in a 197 lbs that is typically one of the most difficult to fill. The school's 2021 starter, Jake Jakobsen, is not expected to return in 2021-22 so there is some uncertainty surrounding the weight. Sophomore Elijah Jones could be penciled in and Michigan-transfer Gaige Garcia should be a factor, too. Garcia is also expected to play football so he won't be able to help full-time.
Lehigh also has a verbal from Casale who could project at 197 or 285 in the future. We'll have to pay attention to see what it means regarding his future. There have been some whispers that Casale may be still up-in-the-air regarding his collegiate plans.
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