Rogers makes the switch

Deon Rogers, a three-star linebacker from Port. St. Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast who was committed to Georgia, told InsideTheVille.com Friday afternoon he was thinking about switching his commitment to Louisville. Friday night, the 6-3, 205-pound Rogers made it official. Saturday, Rogers spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his commitment.

Deon Rogers told Charlie Strong Friday night that he had decided to switch his commitment from Georgia to Louisville.

The three-star linebacker had an in-home visit with Strong Thursday night and appeared close to making the switch official Friday afternoon when he told InsideTheVille.com that he felt more comfortable with the Louisville coaching staff then he did the new defensive coaches at Georgia.

"I committed to Louisville," Rogers said. "I feel more comfortable with the coaches at Louisville. I trust the coaches and believe what they're going to do. I feel like I'm going to win championships and be a better man at Louisville."

Rogers committed to Georgia last fall, but began checking out other options when the coach that recruited him, John Jancek, was fired by Mark Richt after the season. Strong, who had a relationship with Rogers while he was at Florida, put the full court pressure on Rogers and made it clear he was a key recruit for the Cardinals. Rogers is the second player to switch his commitment from Georgia to Louisville since Strong arrived at Louisville, joining four-star DE B.J. Butler.

"I called Coach Strong last night," Rogers said. "He was real happy and excited I picked Louisville. I feel comfortable with the decision and I feel a lot less stress now that I've made the switch."

Rogers, the No. 53 outside linebacker nationally, could see early playing time for the Cardinals because of his speed (4.5 forty) and athleticism. He made 40 tackles - 14 for loss - and 12 sacks as a junior and made 58 tackles, including 12 for loss, this year.

Rogers also had offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Florida State, LSU and Duke.


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