The nation’s top center made it very clear once again Thursday that there is no doubt he is a Razorback.
Carrollton, Texas, Hebron four-star standout Zach Rogers (6-3, 300) – who committed to Arkansas over a year ago - chose Thursday to sign his financial-aid agreement with the Razorbacks.
“It’s definitely an exciting day for me,” Rogers said. “I have known where I wanted to go for a long time and doing this now gives me a chance to erase any doubts that anyone might have. It also allows me to continue to see and talk to the coaches as much as a I can."
Rogers joins Charleston quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 215) in having signed financial-aid agreements with the school, which you could do beginning August 1 if you are going to be a mid-term graduate.
“The Arkansas coaches talked to Ty and myself about it and we both wanted to do whatever we could to help recruiting and so how committed we were to the coaches and the program,” Rogers said. “I think that is exactly what will happen. We will get more guys because we are getting out front like this.”
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was pleased with Rogers' addition.
”I am very excited to have Zach joining the Razorbacks in January,” Bielema said. “We think he is one of the best offensive linemen in the class of 2015 and shows the mental and physical toughness that we expect our linemen to exhibit on and off the field.
"Zach continues to demonstrate all of the things that we hold to a higher standard here at Arkansas. Academics, athletic success and social behavior are the backbone of what becoming a Hog is all about and he will be a great addition to our family. Our #TexHogs are continuing to grow and we hope to add more with the rest of the 2015 class."
It will also help Rogers out in his quest to play in his true freshman season.
“It’s big because I can get up there and go through the weight training, learn the complexity of the playbook and go through spring practice,” Rogers said. “It’s really going to give me a jump start on my college career.
“I talked to (current Razorback quarterback) Rafe Peavey and he said that you can’t believe how much it has helped him in feeling comfortable and knowing what he is doing."
Rogers was named Scout.com’s top center in the spring of 2013, but lost his entire campaign soon afterwards when he injured his knee during the first week of fall practice.
He worked hard to rehab the injury and made it back to go through spring practice. His 2014 fall practice starts next Monday.
“I put in a lot of work and it was great to go through spring practice, but it’s just not the same as fall practice when you are pushing toward a game,” Rogers said. “I am really looking forward to that first practice on Monday and pushing through it.”
Zach and his dad Randy will be in Fayetteville on Friday and Saturday to see the Razorbacks practice.
“We are leaving on Friday morning to get up there and check it out,” Rogers said. “It’s kind of cool that I’ve signed and will be going up there as a Razorback now.”
Zach Rogers signs his financial-aid agreement with Arkansas on Thursday at his high school.
Rogers Inks Financial-Aid Agreement with Hogs
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