The Indiana Hoosiers have always been known as a basketball school, in part due to the banners hanging from the rafters in Bloomington and the larger-than-life personalities that have graced the hardwood. Indiana head coach Tom Allen is working to establish the Hoosiers’ football camp firmly on the map, however.
Allen nearly led Indiana to a bowl game in his first season at the helm and the culture change was blatantly obvious. If Allen plans on continuing the overhaul in southern Indiana, recruiting elite talent will prove vital. Enter Blacksburg (S.C.) High cornerback Elijah Rodgers.
Rodgers chose the Hoosiers after a heated recruitment that included offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina and Purdue.
“The overall environment at IU is what hooked me,” said Rodgers. “The entire staff and players made it feel like home the moment I stepped on campus. I knew I was gonna commit there on the day that I actually committed. I expect wins while I’m at IU. Personal accolades are always great and something to be proud of, but at the end of the day, my team comes first. We’re gonna be chasing a national championship.”
— Elijah Rodgers (@Elijahrodgerss) December 5, 2017
Rodgers is part of a 2018 recruiting class that has been praised by many experts for the level of talent involved. Asked about what he believes the future holds at Indiana, he didn’t hold back at all.
“I think the progress will continue,” continued Rodgers. “I feel as if the best is yet to come for this program as well. Coach Allen has done a great job recruiting as well and we’re headed in a great direction as a program.”
Talking with Rodgers it was clear he was a very bright young man with his head planted squarely on his shoulders. He credits his family and faith for making him the man he is today.
“There have been many people in my life who have helped me along the way but I’d say my household has helped shape me the most. My brothers Kobe, and Jordan, my sister Saniya, and my parents. They’ve always been my biggest support and I don’t believe anything I’ve achieved would’ve been possible without them and without God helping us all.”
Rodgers will study Physical Education at Indiana University and should make his presence felt early. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest on Indiana sports.