Rogers Talks NC State

Pack Pride checks in with Shelby (NC) Crest defensive end Dane Rogers for the latest on his recruitment.

NC State was the first school to offer Dane Rogers and that usually counts for something.

As for Rogers, it seems to count for a lot. He appreciates the fact that the Wolfpack went out on a limb for him and got the ball rolling with some other schools.

"I have to give them props for that," he said.

Rogers admits he wasn't expecting that first offer to come in when it did.

"They shocked me," he noted. "It was my first time talking to NC State and meeting their head coach. I was very satisfied that he (Tom O'Brien) was the one that offered me. That showed me that they have a lot of interest in me, just having their head coach be the one that offered."

The Crest High School junior has only visited NC State once but he said he has enough interest in the school to warrant visits down the road. That trip was in February so he has it fresh in his mind.        

"They have very nice facilities. They've got a new training program they're working on and they've been working from day one, ever since he came. It's a good atmosphere up there and I got along with the coaches and players very well," he said.

Rogers is content with the offers he has but it's clear he wants to pull in as many as he can get before he makes his decision.

"Tennessee was my first SEC offer and now I'm talking to schools like Florida, Auburn, LSU and all of them.

"I'm just fascinated to see how many schools in total come in and how many offers I can build up in the summer. I'll be taking all of my officials because I don't want to just go and make an early decision. In the end it might not be the school I want to go to. Stuff happens throughout the year so I want to make a decision by the end of the year or early next year sometime."

Rogers is ranked the No. 36 defensive end in the nation and that's the position most schools have told him he would play in college. Only Tennessee has told him that he would play linebacker and he seems okay with that, though he admitted that he's more comfortable right now playing with his hand in the dirt.

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