One of Maryland’s foremost class of 2017 defensive line targets was back in College Park, Md., Sept. 5 for the season opener against Richmond. Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) edge rusher Lawtez Rogers took in his second Terps’ game and came away raving.
“I’ve been at Maryland three times now, and that was my second game. I love it up there,” said Rogers, whose lone offer is from UMD. “I loved the atmosphere, the fans, how into it they were. I like the stadium, the feel around the campus, the players… I mean, I just like being up there, honestly. It feels right being at Maryland.”
Rogers said he arrived a little late, but still saw most of the 50-21 affair. He said he paid close attention to the Terps’ defensive line, which he lauded for their aggressiveness up front.
“I love the way their defense works; I think I could fit in well there,” Rogers said. “I was talking to Coach [Chad] Wilt, the D-Line coach, after the game, and he’s an awesome coach. I love Coach Wilt; he’s great to talk to and he really has great energy. But just in general, great game and I enjoyed it.”
Rogers went on to praise UMD’s facilities, and the rest of the staff as well. He said Terps’ area recruiter Mike Locksley has been after him for awhile now.
“Me and Coach Locks, he was the first guy to contact me from Maryland, and he was the first college coach to contact me [Sept. 1] when the open period opened,” Rogers said. “It’s a really cool relationship with him. I like him, and I like the other coaches too. They all believe they can win big there, and they’ve very passionate. How the coaches talk to me and treat me, it’s pretty cool – pretty cool.”
The Roosevelt product spoke highly of Gossett, Byrd Stadium, the player dorms and campus as well. He spent a good deal of time in the Team House Sept. 5 after the game.
“I like the football facility up there too. It’s really nice. I like how you can do your school work, study, work out and have position meetings all in one building. That’s pretty cool,” Rogers said.
Since his high school team plays most Saturdays, Rogers is unsure which games he’ll be able to attend in the future. But he said he “definitely” wants to get back to College Park at least once more this fall.
“Like I said, I just love being up there. Maryland is my top school right now,” Rogers said. “I can definitely say they’re way up there right now.”
Rogers said he’s also been hearing from Rutgers, UVA, Michigan State and Virginia Tech. He noted, however, there’s not really one offer he’s looking for and is satisfied with his Terps’ verbal thus far.
Rogers would like to check out a few other campuses this offseason, however, before possibly choosing his future destination before his senior year.
“I’m thinking by like next summer I’ll be ready to make my college decision,” said Rogers, who had seven tackles and a sack in Week 1. “I’ll see how things go my junior year, but I’m not somebody that wants to drag the process out too long.”