The spring evaluation period is almost at its conclusion, and during the last month Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) defensive lineman Lawtez Rogers has added a few new offers to his expanding list. In addition to verbals from Maryland, Louisville, Army, Akron, ODU, Navy, Wake Forest and Toledo, which came in prior to April 16, the 6-foot-5, 253-pound three star has landed Rutgers; Pitt; and UCF.
Moreover, Rogers said a number of other programs’ coaches have trekked through Roosevelt and are now showing interest.
“Everything has gone real well for me,” Rogers said. “I expect even more offers to come in, and now there’s more schools I’d like to get to visit to see where I fit best at. I mean, schools like Ohio State, Michigan state, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Pitt and a few others – they’re all been here for workouts. So it’s been a real good spring for me.”
But even as Rogers’ profile has risen, he still has one program at the forefront of his mind. It’s the same program that’s been sitting No. 1 in the pecking order since last year, when the Maryland Terrapins’ former staff extended Rogers his first offer. The offer was confirmed in February when new headman D.J. Durkin assumed control of UMD.
“Maryland is my top school,” Rogers said. “The new staff there now is just great. D.J. Durkin is a great defensive mind, Mike London is a terrific D-line coach who can help me get to the next level, and Coach [Aazaar Abdul] Rahim is someone I have a ton of respect for. I talk to Coach London a lot, and he’s just a great coach and someone I feel like I could see myself developing under. And Coach Aazaar, he came through my school and he’s just a cool guy to talk too. Just the personalities of the coaches there now are great.”
The Roosevelt edge rusher said the chance to play close to home resonates as well. He said his mother, in particular, would love for him to stick around town.
“When I think about my family, friends, youth coaches, high school coaches, all of them being able to see me play – that means something,” said Rogers, who has been in College Park, Md., three times this offseason. “It’s important to me.”
So is the chance to line up alongside fellow DMV recruits. Rogers said he’s taken notice of the nationally-touted locals the Terps have attracted like Cam Spence (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.), Josh Kaindoh (IMG Academy), Kasim Hill (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.) and others.
“The guys Maryland is bringing, with the way it’s going, they’re going to be a top-10 university,” Rogers said. “It’s a big thing happening there, and Maryland is just making big moves. The class coming in for 2017 is already looking like maybe the best the program’s ever had. So that’s something that definitely stands out to me.”
Rogers, though, insists he has to see a few more schools before ending his recruitment. His only other visit besides UMD has been to Rutgers, whose staff offered following the visit.
“I liked Rutgers. It was nice,” Rogers said. “It’s a good school.”
Of his most recent offers, Rogers said he’d like to take in Pitt. But he’s unsure what other campuses he wants to check out.
“I have to do more research on the other schools. I have to talk about it with Coach [Robert] Greene, my high school coach, and see where we’re going,” Rogers said. “We’ve going to sit down and talk about what schools I’m interested in and which ones I should probably visit. I just haven’t thought it all through yet.”
Rogers also mentioned that he’s not looking for any offers in particular.
“I’m fine with what I have. I’m not a guy that needs real powerhouse offers to be satisfied,” Rogers said. “I’m good with what I have. Of course, I’d look at those [powerhouse] schools if they came in, but I’m not going to be upset if they don’t.”
The Roosevelt product said he may embark on a couple official visits during the fall, but that’s not set in stone. He noted that he doesn’t want his recruitment to drag out too long, so his spot doesn’t get taken.
“I doubt I’m going to drag it out beyond my senior season,” Rogers said. “We have a couple open weekends during the season this year, so I might be able to take a couple officials then. Then after that I should be ready to make a commitment.”