Tigers Lead Big for Mammoth OL

Assistant coach Mike O'Cain has done a marvelous job in getting some of the top talent out of North Carolina in recent years, and it now appears that he's doing that again for the 2004 class. Offensive lineman Bryan Rogers has one clear cut leader, and it's not a school that ends in the name 'Carolina.'

OL Bryan Rogers
6-6, 300, 5.0
Monroe High School
Monroe, North Carolina

A player quickly growing into a monstrous force is Monroe (NC) offensive lineman Bryan Rogers. Rogers was at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds early this spring, but he says he has since gotten bigger.

"Right now I am pushing 6-8 and 310 pounds," says Rogers, who is more than just a big body. "South Carolina's coach said as soon as they see film they are going to offer. Clemson has offered me, but not in writing. Tennessee is looking at me, Maryland said they need linemen, and North Carolina is still looking a me."

Rogers says South Carolina and North Carolina are two of his favorites, and Maryland is recruiting him hard, but the leader here is obvious.

"I like those schools, but I want to go to Clemson bad. My dad is a big fan, loves Tommy Bowden as a coach, and is trying to get me to go to the three-day and one-day camp down there."

Another camp Rogers will attend is the North Carolina team camp this summer.

According to Rogers, the Clemson coaching staff has shown the most interest in him. He has visited the campus and he said he enjoyed being able to see the stadium from the dormitory room where the football players stay.

Monroe grad Terry Witherspoon went to Clemson, so a precedent has been set for a relationship between the two schools.

"Coach O'Cain has brought us down to Clemson a couple of different times and writes every week to let me know what the players are doing. North Carolina is probably writing about every other week."

Rogers said he plans to go through the entire recruiting process and will decide on signing day. His family would prefer that he stay close to home but Rogers said that distance would not be a factor provided that it is a Division-1 school.

In the weight room, Rogers is a beast, with a bench press of 365, and a 415 squat. As a junior, he was credited with 15 pancake blocks.

We will continue to keep you updated on this hard Clemson lean- right up through signing day.

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