Lufkin Quarterback Kordell Rogdgers Picks Up Offer From Northwestern State
Louisiana and the Southland Conference are all about Lufkin quarterback Kordell Rodgers.
Northwestern State, first announced by Rodgers late Monday through his personal Twitter account, became the latest school to offer the 2017 graduate. The Demons are the third Southland program to extended a college football scholarship opportunity to signal caller and also the third school from Sportsman's Paradise interested.
Rogers' full FCS list is completed by Southland rivals McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin. He has FBS offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State.
Northwestern State is among the top destinations for East Texas high school football players advancing to the collegiate game. Three local prospects, and soon-to-be graduates, signed with the program in February.
Rodgers (5-10, 165) threw for 2,133 yards and 23 touchdowns during his junior year. He also ran for 599 yards and an additional five scores en route to a second-place finish in District 16-5A and a Class 5A Division I bi-district round playoff appearance.
Lufkin's season unraveled in the second half of its sole playoff game -- after Rodgers sustained a minor but game-ending injury.
Rodgers, and an experienced group of receivers, will headline Lufkin's 2016 team as it makes the transition from Class 5A to Class 6A due to a growing student population. Beaumont West Brook, Conroe, Conroe Oak Ridge, Montgomery, The Woodlands and The Woodlands College Park will make up its District 12-6A competition.
Northwestern State posted a 4-7 record last season under second-year head coach Jay Thomas.
Thomas is 12-12 through two years in Natchitoches, La.
The Demons' 2016 team will feature six former East Texas players in total.
Rodgers, like all high school football prospects currently in their junior year, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 1, 2017.