One of Arkansas' youngest prime recruiting targets got a chance to get to know the new Razorback staff on Saturday.
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron sophomore offensive lineman Zach Rogers (6-3, 295) - who was offered by the former Arkansas staff when he was 14 and coming off starting on the high school offensive line as a ninth grader - was one of some dozen or so 2014 and 2015 prospects on hand in Fayetteville.
"It was great to meet up with all the new Arkansas coaches and that's got me even more interested in being a Razorback," Rogers said. "They were all very likable and all very knowledgeable about what they are doing and where they want to take the program. They are just great people and the type of people that you want to be around."
Rogers - who went from 270 as a freshman to 295 as a sophomore - plans to return for Arkansas' Red-White game on April 20th.
"I am looking forward to seeing the coaches and players in action at the spring game," Rogers said.
He did not know where he stood with the new staff, but head coach Bret Bielema, offensive line coach Sam Pittman and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney made it clear on Saturday.
"They told me that they were going to be all over me and that they think I can be a great player for them," Rogers said. "That was great to hear. I really enjoyed talk with Coach Bielema and the other coaches. It was a great visit."
Rogers - who was high school teammates with current Razorback redshirt freshman defensive Deatrich Wise - has offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech and UCLA as well as interest from Oklahoma and others.
"I got a chance to come to two Razorback games this season and also went to see two Oklahoma games and go to TCU and Texas Tech," Rogers said. "I am actually going to Oklahoma to visit (Tuesday) and then am headed out to UCLA on Thursday."
Rogers has always be naturally strong, but thinks his improved his strength and line play from his freshman to sophomore seasons.
"We had a good year as a team getting into the playoffs and I think I got a lot better when it comes to technique and footwork and just becoming a better offensive lineman," Rogers said. "I know I have a long way to go to get to where I need to be though so I am just going to keep working hard every day."
Being just a sophomore, Rogers has a lot of time before he plans to make a decision.
"I am so young that I am just making all these visits and checking them out and just seeing where I might feel most comfortable and where might be the best fit for me," Rogers said. "I probably won't make a decision until right before my senior season, which seems like a long time away right now."
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