Less than two weeks after Ty Storey committed to Arkansas, the Razorbacks have landed their second commitment of the 2015 recruiting class.
Hebron High School (Carrollton, Texas) offensive lineman Zach Rogers joined Storey by announcing his commitment to Arkansas on Saturday.
Rogers committed to Arkansas while in town for a visit. He drove into Fayetteville on Friday and met with the coaches Saturday morning and made his decision, which he said he based on a few characteristics.
"My time in Fayetteville, I really like the coaches up here and everything just felt like home," Rogers said. "I love that it's in the SEC, but it's not a really big, like downtown kind of place, so that was definitely something I liked."
Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman,
said he is looking forward to working with Arkansas coach Sam Pittman. Pittman was named the recruiting coordinator after receiving a bonus once he received interest from Alabama.
"I definitely like Coach Pittman," Rogers said. "He's a big plus for Arkansas, all the things he is doing. I've worked with him several times and the things he does with offensive line players is awesome, so that's definitely a plus."
Though Arkansas' 2015 commitment list has just two names, both players were drawing interest from some of the top programs in the country. Storey had received an offer from Alabama and chose the Razorbacks and Rogers had interest from Alabama and offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA when he picked Arkansas.
Rogers said Bielema has brought a new outlook to the program that helped land players like himself and Storey.
"He's definitely doing some awesome things," Rogers said. "He has a lot of energy and it's awesome seeing a head coach like that. I think he is definitely going about things the right way."
Rogers said he and Storey have developed a friendship and he is looking forward to the opportunity to play with him.
"The day he got offered, he texted me and we've been talking back and forth a lot since then," Rogers said. "I actually kind of knew he was going to commit about a week before he did and he's known I was coming up here to do it.
"It's definitely fun. It's a cool experience and I can't wait to come up here and play with him. I think it's going to be awesome."
Another Hebron Hawk, defensive end Deatrich Wise, is on the Arkansas football team. Rogers said he has also developed a friendship with incoming freshman Dan Skipper.
"It's definitely going to be nice to know those guys," Rogers said. "Those teammates are going to be the guys you spend almost all of your time with when you're there, so to be able to know those guys and know you can get along with them will be nice."
Even though Rogers has another two seasons of high school football left, he said he is glad to have finished off his recruiting process. He also said he has already visited Fayetteville numerous times, but when he takes college visits in the future, it will continue to be at the University of Arkansas.
Rogers commits to the Razorbacks
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