Parkway quarterback Justin Rogers talks leaders, The Opening Finals Invite

2018 Bossier City (La.) Parkway quarterback Justin Rogers earned his invite to The Opening Finals on Sunday in New Orleans. He talks that, his LSU visit and his recruitment.

2018 Bossier City (La.) Parkway quarterback Justin Rogers set out and accomplished what he wanted to on Sunday and earn his invite to The Opening in Oregon. Rogers was named The Opening New Orleans QB MVP after his performance.

"I've improved on my footwork and it's in my home state and this is my home state so I didn't want to be showed up by anybody," Rogers told Scout. "I look at it like I'm the top dog in any camp."

Rogers was at LSU on Saturday with teammate Terrace Marshall, Jr. and both were wowed by LSU's new-look offense under offensive coordinator Matt Canada. 

"The energy at practice was crazy. Coach O, Coach Canada and Coach E were awesome," Rogers said. "I like how he (Canada) coaches. He's live, he's energetic. He's got the reverse psychology on quarterbacks. It was good to see how he encouraged them."

The 6-3, 205-pound quarterback said the visit to LSU made a big impression on him because he finally got to see what the coaches had been selling him on for the last month.

"It was great. It was big," said Rogers. "When you break the huddle and see four wide receivers and all those motions and shifts, it's definitely not the same offense they ran last year. It made a big impression. I wasn't believing they were going to throw the ball and all this, but I see it now.

"It helped, but I want to see them in the spring game. I'll be committed by the time their season starts."

Rogers is looking to build a relationship with Canada over the next few months, but as of now, says TCU is his leader. 

"Mainly because my relationship with Coach Cumbie and the coaches because they started recruiting me so early," Rogers said. "I know my brother, my mom and dad have all known him a while. They all text."

North Carolina and LSU are chasing the Horned Frogs for his signature. Tennessee, Louisville and Oregon round out the rest of his top schools. The Tar Heels got a visit from Rogers recently and he is impressed with Mitch Trubisky being one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft in just a year as the starter.

"They come off as young people. Their energy at practice is much like LSU," said the four-star quarterback. "I've been watching him (Mitch) at the combine. He did that in one year and that's crazy for him to be potentially the No. 1 QB."

Marshall also earned an invite to The Opening Finals with Rogers, which will only help the pair in Oregon this summer when competing against the best.

"Our connection is A1. Anytime we get to go in 1-on-1s, it's kind of automatic," said Rogers. 

Rogers said when he feels it, he'll drop his commitment in early summer, but there won't be a set date for his commitment. 

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