The Terps ardently pursed Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (Ohio State) last year, but perhaps they’ll have a better luck at landing another Raiders’ lineman. Class of 2017 defensive end Lawtez Rogers picked up his first offer from UMD during the spring evaluation period and has plenty of interest in the hometown school early during the recruiting process.
“Getting my first high school offer, and getting it from Maryland, it was exciting , definitely,” said Rogers, who hasn’t added any other verbals to date, though has interest from many regional programs. “I mean, the school right down the street offered me, that’s huge.
“But what happened was Coach [Mike] Locksley, he knew all about me from coming out to see Isaiah Prince. So he had plenty of contact with Coach [Tom] Green here at Roosevelt, and Coach Green was telling him about me and some of the other players here. Then one day Coach Green was like, Coach Locksley and Maryland just offered you. I was ecstatic.”
The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder hasn’t formally visited College Park, Md., yet, but he did attend the June 27 Big Show camp. He said it was “awesome” competing with some of the best recruits from surrounding states, while he thoroughly enjoyed meeting the UMD staff and touring the facilities as well.
“Honestly, I loved the Big Show. I loved going over the drills with the coaches and thought that was very cool,” Rogers said. “I thought the facilities were really nice, with all the Under Armour gear and jerseys. They’re building these new fields too, and they look awesome. So it’s really nice up there, and I like it a lot.
“But I really liked talking to the coaches. I talked to the head coach [Randy Edsall], the D-Line coach [Chad Wilt] and of course Coach Locksley. The head coach, it was kind of funny, he talking to me during the workout and was asking some questions. Then when I was about to leave he was like, ‘You know you have an offer from us, right?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, Coach, thanks for that (laughs).’ So that was pretty cool.”
Rogers said he’s “definitely” visiting UMD soon. He was originally supposed to bring his parents up to College Park at one point, but said a flat tire precluded them from trekking over. He might find some time in August to check the school out, but, if not, he’ll be at a game in Byrd Stadium during the fall.
“I’ve been trying to get out there, because it’s a school I like a lot,” said Rogers, who is in the process of developing a relationship with Locksley. “I like how some guys in the area are going there now like Devin Butler over at Douglass and Dwayne Haskins from Bullis, and how the competition I’m playing against in high school is now playing at a college nearby. I think that’s pretty cool, and it makes me interested in Maryland too.”
Rogers hasn’t been able to visit any schools or attend any camps other than Maryland’s this offseason. He said he’ll likely see numerous schools following his junior campaign, however.
Some of the other programs monitoring him include NC State, Iowa, Va Tech, PSU, WVU and Rutgers. Rogers believes RU and Iowa might be next to offer.
“Right now I just want to have a great junior season and hopefully get some more [recruiting] attention after that,” said Rogers, who had eight sacks last year. “I mainly play defensive end here at Roosevelt since we run a 5-2 scheme. But if I played in like a 3-4, then I’d probably be an outside linebacker or a rover type of linebacker [in college]. I’m more of a hand-in-the-dirt guy, though, so like a 4-3 or a system like that probably fits me best.”
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