Playing alongside Jeff Luc, Deon Rogers is part of one of the most talented linebacker corps in the country. After a junior season where he recorded 40 tackles, 14 for a loss, and 12 sacks, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound linebacker picked up offers from schools across the country.
“Ohio State, LSU and Florida State were some of my big offers,” he said.
Prior to his senior season, Rogers committed to Mark Richt and Georgia, cutting his recruitment shorter than most expected.
“I checked everything out and it seemed like a good fit, so I went ahead and gave them a verbal to join their class,” he said.
Now, Rogers is talking about taking visits – beginning with a trip to Columbus.
“I checked out Ohio State last weekend, and it was a really fun trip,” he said. “It was kind of chilly up there, but the fans and the game environment was all really cool.”
The next stop, Rogers said, could be Baton Rouge.
“I visited LSU over the summer when we traveled to some camps across the South,” he said. “I was pretty impressed by the campus, and I wanted to get back whenever I could. From the football weight room to the indoor practice facility, everything is top of the line.
“I met a couple of coaches during my visit, and they said that they liked how I played and that they wanted to offer me,” he added. “Sure enough, they later offered. Now it is on me to get back over to Baton Rouge and see what everything is about.”
When does Rogers see himself making the trip?
“I am hoping it is during the season, because I want to get there for a game,” he said. “I am going to be at Georgia on Nov. 14 for the Auburn game, and right now the Arkansas game at the end of the month looks best for my visit to LSU. I need to lay everything out and set some plans with the coaches in the next couple of weeks, but that is how things look now.”
Ranked as the No. 46 outside linebacker in the country, Rogers said that he likes the play of the LSU defense so far in 2009.
“I have been able to catch some games on television, and LSU is looking really strong,” he said. “And when you see them playing that well, it makes you want to check out the school even more.”
As for his verbal to the Bulldogs, Rogers said that he would wait until after all of his official visits were complete before making any new moves.
“I want to see things through on these trips, then I will know if I am sticking with Georgia until signing day or looking around at anyone else,” he said.