MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) Sunday at Prospect Presbyterian Church in Meridian, Pastor Tom Sikes spoke about God, football and Mississippi State.
The church was joined by special guest speaker Will Rogers who will be suiting up in the fall to play quarterback at Mississippi State under new head coach Mike Leach.
While Rogers was recruited by former MSU head coach Joe Moorehad, he also was recruited by Leach when he coached at Washington State. MSU and WSU were two of three schools to extend an offer to the three-star recruit out of Brandon High School.
While speaking on Sunday, Rogers shared that he prayed a lot when deciding whether to attend Washington State to Mississippi State. He believes now that Leach coming to MSU was God's doing.
"My dad is the offensive coordinator at my high school and growing up, we were always watching Mike Leach games," Rogers said. "I remember watching Texas vs. Texas Tech in 2008...it's kind of crazy that we've been watching him and studying his offense growing up and now I have a chance to play for him and it's even better."
Rogers' father Wyatt coached current NFL quarterback and former Brandon quarterback Gardner Minshew when he was in high school.
As a young boy, Rogers would often sit in on film sessions with his father and Minshew to try and expand his football knowledge.
Rogers explained how Minshew has been a role model for him.
"To have someone like Gardner in front of me to learn from and learn how he does things has been good," Rogers said. "He's been sort of like a mentor to me."
While the college football season is still months away, Rogers is already thinking about what it will be like to hear the cowbells ring while standing on the sideline.
"It's going to be very exciting," Rogers said. "I'm going to have to try to tone that (the cowbells) out and just play football at the end of the day."
Rogers threw for over 9,000 yards and 79 touchdown during his career at Brandon High School.