Lewisville (Texas) Hebron standout Zach Rogers was one of the best offensive linemen at Arkansas' Elite Camp on Saturday.
He was certainly the top 15-year-old offensive lineman.
Rogers (6-3, 265) started on the varsity last season as a ninth grader and went up against Razorback signee Deatrich Wise in practice. Rogers did so well that he now has an early, early offer from Arkansas.
"It was very exciting for me to get that first offer, especially from Arkansas," Rogers said. "It's a place that I know that I could get a great education at and be part of a great football program at after a couple of more years."
Rogers, who described his performance as "decent" at the camp, was told by Arkansas defensive line coach Kevin Peoples to call him once he left campus.
"I called Coach Peoples and he said that he thought I had a great day at camp and they wanted to offer me a scholarship," Rogers said. "It was a great day for me."
Rogers had earlier camped at Texas Tech, TCU and SMU and was glad he decided to take in the final camp at Arkansas.
"It was good," said Rogers, who will turn 16 on Dec. 23. "I like coming up to Arkansas and seeing everything, going up against these guys and getting round these coaches. I like being up here."
Rogers added an offer from Texas Tech on Tuesday.
He got a chance to battle Wise every day in practice.
"It was amazing," Rogers said. "To be the best, you have to go up against the best. He would beat me and then he would pick me right back up and tell me what to do next time. It helped a lot."
He admits he went into fall practice in awe of the older defensive end.
"The very first day I was extremely intimidated because he was a very good football player and I was a 14-year-old kid," Rogers said. "He was a big old 6-6 and it was horrifying. But after awhile, I got used to it and it helped me a lot."
He had a chance to visit with Wise on Saturday.
"I saw today and I asked him how it was because I want to know what it is like living up here every day," Rogers said. "He said he loves it. He likes being around all the people, loves being up here and loves the program."
Rogers remains very humble about his early success and dubbed himself small as strange at that might sound.
"My size is probably my biggest downsize," Rogers said. "I am not that 6-5 guy that colleges are looking for, but I am always going to work as hard as I can and just fight through everything."
Rogers Lands Arkansas Offer
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