Tigers Lead for Top Running Back

The Clemson Tigers are the early leader for one of the top running backs in the southeast. What did the talented running back like about Tigertown after two visits last fall? CUTigers.com has all the details in this recruiting update.

RB Justin Rogers Profile

Through the early stages of the recruiting process, running back Justin Rogers has already put together an impressive offer list.

"Right now I have offers from Clemson, Alabama and LSU," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I am hearing from a lot of other schools. I am hearing from Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Duke, West Virginia, Florida and Tennessee."

The 5-11, 180 pound prospect had a strong junior season, rushing for over 2,100 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season. In the final game of the year Rogers rushed for 252 yards on 24 carries against one of the top teams in the nation Hoover (Ala).

When asked about his current favorites, Rogers responded, "My top five would be Clemson No. 1, LSU No. 2, Alabama No. 3, Tennessee No. 4 and West Virginia No. 5."

What does the star running back like about Clemson?

"I really like the coaching staff," he said. "I fell in love with them the first time I met them. I love coach Swinney. I also love the campus and the great atmosphere they have in Death Valley. I have already talked with the new running back coach several times.

"I was there for the North Carolina State game and the North Carolina game. I loved the atmosphere. My mom was there with me and she fell in love with Clemson also. My mom is a strong Christian. She thinks the staff at Clemson is the right place for me."

What are the strengths of the talented running back?

"I would say my ability to find the holes. I would also say my acceleration. I know when to cut it up the field," replied Rogers.

Rogers also said the depth chart at Clemson is appealing to Rogers.

"I know Spiller is a good running back, but I think there would be a good chance for me to go up there and get some playing time. The coaching staff fell in love with me also," he said.

What is the Alabama standout looking for in a college?

"I am looking at academics," said Rogers. "I am also looking at the coaching staff. Academics will come first. Then I will look at the football program.

"I was thinking about committing early. Since I have another whole year I may wait until my season to make my final decision."

The Vestavia Hills standout wouldn't mind leaving Alabama when he goes off to college.

"I am kind of one of those kids that wants to get away from home and see some new things," stated Rogers.

Finally, expect to see Rogers at Clemson for Junior Day.

"I think I will be up there for Junior Day on March 10," added Rogers.

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