Camp season has officially begun for Maryland public schools, and Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) defensive end Lawtez Rogers said he’ll be in lockdown mode the rest of August. But before the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder puts recruiting to rest for a few weeks, he updated his status.
“Honestly, nothing really has changed. I haven’t been able to get out to any schools recently or anything like that. I was supposed to go back to Maryland for the cookout [July 30], but we had a team camp in D.C. that day and I couldn’t make it,” Rogers said. “I really don’t have anything planned either, until I can take officials in the fall. I’m not sure where I want to go yet, though.”
For now, Maryland remains No. 1 in the pecking order, both by default and because Rogers has personally had the Terps sitting pretty for over a year. Rogers claimed verbals from UMD, Pitt, Wake Forest, Louisville, Rutgers, Army, Navy and ODU, but thus far the only official written scholarships he’s received are from the Terps and Monarchs.
“Maryland is still my top school, mainly because it’s the school I’ve seen the most and I just really like it there,” Rogers said. “It’s right up the street, family is around, I like the coaches, and it’s a top 20 public school. My mom really likes it there too. So it’s a good fit.”
The Roosevelt end said he remains in regular contact with UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and defensive line coach Mike London too.
“Coach Aazaar still talks to me often. He wants me up there, and wants me on board. He says I’m a priority,” Rogers said. “And Coach London talks to me a lot of Twitter, and he just talks to me about like family stuff and things outside of football. I have a great relationship with both those guys.”
Rogers has visited College Park, Md., about four times this offseason. He said he plans to return for a game this fall.
“It’s a great vibe up there and I like what they’re doing,” Rogers said. “I like the DMV movement and the guys they’re bringing in.”
So, what’s keeping him from committing?
“I just want to see some other options. I’m not really looking for any more offers, but I just feel like I need to get out,” said Rogers, who has only been to UMD, RU and ODU. “I still have a lot of other coaches talking to me like Rutgers and Pitt.
“But there is a chance I could commit this summer. I’m not sure yet. I just have to see.”