Crest HS Defensive End Picks Up First Offer

Crest High School (Shelby, NC) has been known to crank out some of the country's top defensive players. Among them for the Gators are 2012 signees Jonathan Bullard and Rhaheim Ledbetter, and former Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes. Now the Chargers have another top defensive end prospect in 6-foot-3, 235-pound junior Dane Rogers.

Dane Rogers recently picked up his first offer from North Carolina State.

"NC State is improving throughout these years and they're getting better on and off the field each day. I like NC State and I'm looking forward to coming back sometime."

Rogers says he's getting interest from Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Louisville, and Duke. He says he talks to Clemson and Florida pretty regularly.

Clemson's defensive line coach Dan Brooks has visited the school several times. Rogers also went to Clemson's junior day and had a great time visiting the campus and talking to the coaches there.

"One of my position coaches was saying he wanted to work with me at one of their football camps now that I'm a junior," he said.

Rogers has also talked to Florida's linebackers coach D.J. Durkin who he met when he visited Gainesville with Ledbetter and Bullard. Rogers was hoping to visit Gainesville again after participating in the UnderArmour Combine, but wasn't able to.

"(Coach Durkin) wanted me to swing by Gainesville and get a little quick visit in, but I had to get home. But I'm going to visit sometime in February. I guarantee I'm going to visit that area," Rogers said.

Now that the 2012 class is pretty much complete for Florida, Rogers expects to get to know the Gators' coaching staff better. In the meantime, he's keeping busy.

"Ever since the off season I've been hitting the weights," he said. "I'm thinking about doing track and some track workouts, so I'm not being lazy."

"(My strengths are) my quickness, the ability to read the offensive linemen, I have good read techniques," he said. "I think what I need to work on is just getting stronger."

Follow Amy Campbell on Twitter @msamycampbell

Fightin Gators Top Stories