CARSON, Calif. -- It was a familiar feeling for Carson wide receiver Darreus Rogers on Friday night, walking off the field after suffering a defeat in the Los Angeles City Section championship game. Last season, the Colts were blitzed by Crenshaw and running back De'Anthony Thomas. This year, it was Narbonne and senior tailback Tray Boone that ran to a 48-32 victory.
But Rogers stood tall in defeat. Despite not being targeted in the first quarter, the senior receiver finished with 10 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two tackles and several punishing blocks.
Heading into the season, there were questions about Rogers' ability to compete on every play, to go hard even when the ball went away from him. But during his senior year, Rogers silenced those doubts on his way to becoming one of the top wide receivers in the state. In fact, after decommitments from Jordan Payton (Weslake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles/Dorsey), the USC coaches seem comfortable bringing Rogers in as the only receiver from California in the 2012 recruiting class.