Defensive lineman high on Arizona

Arlington (Tex.) Bowie defensive end Jesse Rogers may be flying under the radar a bit, but that has not stopped a handful of schools, including Arizona, from aggressively recruiting him.

Although he currently is unranked by Scout, that hasn't stopped some high profile schools from recruiting Arlington (Tex.) Bowie High School defensive end Jessie Rogers.

"Right now I have seven offers and I have a few more coming at the end of May," Rogers said. "North Carolina, Texas Tech, USC, UCLA, and some others are close to offering me I'd say.

"I don't really know who is recruiting me the hardest right now because there are a few that are recruiting me really hard and they're all the same. I'd say it would be North Carolina, Kansas State, Arizona, and Iowa State."

With his recruitment just beginning to unfold, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect is not ready to name a leader amongst the schools pursuing him.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Rogers said. "I'm just waiting until the summer time when I can take some unofficial visits. Once I do that, I'll come up with a list."

One school that is in good shape is Arizona, as defensive backs coach Ryan Walters has been working to establish a relationship with Rogers.

"If I did have a list, Arizona would be high on it right now," Rogers said. "I've been talking to coach Walters about probably taking an unofficial there just to see what Arizona has to offer.

"Me and coach Walters are really cool because he's a younger guy. Me and him can relate in a lot of ways. We spend a lot of the time talking about the same things, he's a really good guy."

It has yet to be determined where he'll take his unofficial visits this summer, but most of the schools in play for Rogers will have a shot at getting him on campus.

"I'm not really sure when my visits will be taken, but right now I know I'm going to see Texas Tech and I've seen Kansas State," Rogers said. "Also North Carolina, Arizona, and probably Iowa State as of now."

While on those visits, Rogers will be evaluating the schools based on three criteria that are most important to him.

"The real key thing with me is that I'll finally get to meet my position coach at these schools," Rogers said. "I want to see how me and his relationship builds. I'm looking also for good facilities and a good academic program."

Despite not being very far in the process, Rogers believes he'll be ready to make a decision before too long.

"I'm not exactly sure when I'll make a decision," Rogers said. "I know it's going to be sometime soon, probably like mid-summer. I'll get some un-officials in and then make a decision."


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