Woodinville's Levi Rogers (left) with assistant coach Mike Monan (Photo by Derek Johnson)
Not long after Levi Rogers moved to Woodinville in 2018, I interviewed him for The Woodinville Weekly. Rogers hailed from Boston, so I nicknamed him “The Beantown Bruiser”. At 6’4” and 270 pounds, he had Woodinville coaches fired up, including offensive line coach Mike Monan.
Rogers and Monan bonded right away. Once upon a time, Monan and Levi’s mom Michelle had actually gone to high school together. Rogers also heard that the jovial Monan looked out for his former players.
Said Rogers in our 2018 interview: “I’ve heard that when we get to legal drinking age, [Monan] takes us out for a beer, -- so my day will come.”
As it happened, fallout occurred from that quote. Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell pulled the youngster aside.
“Maxwell had a conversation with me about that after it happened,” Rogers said. “Just about talking to the media and stuff. I needed that, as I hadn't talked to the media before.”
But coach Monan, always the jokester, would seize upon the incident for the next two years, seeing it as fodder.
“To this day Monan still gives me crap for that,” Rogers said.
But that proved to be a footnote in Rogers’ Falcon history. He transitioned seamlessly in his new environs and matured into a dominant offensive tackle.
“My teammates and coaches totally helped me transition into the program and into the school,” Rogers said. “Football helped me so much create friendships with my teammates. Even friendships with the coaches. I made bonds that are going to last a lifetime.”
In his two seasons with Woodinville, Rogers helped lead the team to two semifinal appearances and a 22-4 record. He was twice selected as a first team All-Kingco 4A selection at offensive tackle. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and All-Academic team.
When asked for his favorite memory, he pondered for a moment before referring to Woodinville’s win over Kennedy Catholic in the 2019 state quarterfinals.
“Coming off the field after the Kennedy game, that was such a crucial game for our program,” Rogers said. “They were highly-ranked and had so many great players on their team. Just that victory feeling, and knowing all the hard work paid off. Being able to celebrate with my brothers, that was a great experience.”
He cited a couple of teammates for helping him develop in practice.
“Nate Dixon is one of the guys who improved so much over the past two years,” Rogers said. “... When he got knocked down, he would bounce right back up. And Jimmy [Lanctot], he had a pretty good season for us. He has a crazy mind. If he gets hurt he comes right back out. That kid is a dog. Those guys helped me out a lot, in terms of improving my technique.”
This past December, Rogers concluded his recruiting process by signing a letter-of-intent to play football for Stanford. He selected the Cardinal over Washington State, USC, UCLA and several others.
“Stanford had always shown interest, but they wanted to see my senior year and how I developed,” Rogers said. “In the spring [of 2019], after I got most of my offers, we took a trip to California, and I visited Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA. When I went to Stanford, I knew if I got an offer from them it would be hard to resist. Their academic degree is out of this world. Great football program, great people there. Campus is beautiful. It’s outside the city but the city is pretty close. It checked all the boxes.”
His meetings with head coach David Show went well.
“He's very personal. He spends time with the players and gets to know each and every one of them. I respect him a lot.
“It was so cool and such a blessing to receive that offer,” Rogers said.