BOWIE, Md. -- The annual Maryland Crab Bowl took place at Bowie State Dec. 18, and Team Washington came away with a 9-3 victory over Team Baltimore in a defensive struggle. The game featured a few seniors heading to Maryland next year, including Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) defensive end Lawtez Rogers, who committed to UMD on his birthday, Dec. 1.
“The game was pretty good. It was a close game, closer than I thought. The only touchdown came in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter,” Rogers said. “I played like 60 percent of the game, and I did pretty good for a game against this type of competition. It meant a lot to be in the game -- one of the best all-star games in the area. I enjoyed playing with people who I’m going to be playing with next year and also playing one more time with my friends from high school.”
The weekend before the Crab Bowl, Rogers, fresh off his commitment, took his official visit to Maryland. The edge rusher said he and his mother loved their stay in College Park, Md., and couldn’t be happier Rogers will be signing with the Terps.
“The official was a great environment and I got a better feel for the campus life. It was pretty nice. I like it there a lot, and I made the right decision to come [to UMD],” Rogers said. “The highlight, though, was sitting in the meeting room with Coach [Mike] London and my mom. Coach London played all the highlight films of the defensive linemen there, and said how I could come in and do that too if I work hard. So I thought that was great.”
In addition to London, Rogers sat down with head coach D.J. Durkin and chatted with area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. The defensive lineman said each coach treated he and his mother quite well.
“Basically all the coaches at Maryland were great. They’re happy to have me on board and happy I was there,” Rogers said. “Two things Coach London is telling me is I need to work on my pad level and changing direction. But I’m going to work; I know I have to get better.”
Darnell Savage served as Rogers’ player host, and the Roosevelt three-star said he spent the majority of his stay with both the safety and receiver D.J. Moore.
“It was great, because they told me how it really is at Maryland, and how I have to work hard. And I’m up for it,” Rogers said. “But more than that, it showed me they’re cool guys and aren’t too cocky or think they’re bigger than the team. That attracts me even more, knowing that Maryland has guys like that there.”
In the wake of the Dec. 9 official, Rogers watched as the Terps brought in four more commitments in its 2017 class. There’s a ways to go until Signing Day, but Rogers is excited about the incoming recruits and what the Maryland coaches have been able to do on the trail.
“I was real happy some uncommitted guys were at the official too, so we could show them what’s up at Maryland. We’ve got some great players that want in,” Rogers said. “And a lot of these [commits] in this class are from here [the DMV], and even those that aren’t are real good too. It’s a real good class coming in. A lot of people don’t understand yet how big this is going to be at Maryland. The recruiting class is great now and it will be after this year too. Maryland is set up to do big things.”