Texas DE Scheduling UNC Visit

North Carolina has emerged as a favorite for Jessie Rogers, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Arlington (Texas) Bowie.

"North Carolina is probably at the top of my list right now," Rogers said. "Honestly, right now, in Texas, I don't really have any family, because all my family lives in Louisiana. So it's not a problem leaving Texas for me. My mom said she might even decide to move up there [to North Carolina if I decide to go to UNC], too.

"[UNC's] defensive end depth chart is open. But basically any school I go to, I'm going to have to earn my spot.

"And I've always liked North Carolina. Them recruiting me and offering me just made it even better."

UNC is among seven schools to have offered Rogers a scholarship, with Arkansas, Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State being the others.

"[My top three] was Arizona, Iowa State, and North Carolina," Rogers said. "But Arizona, they just had three defensive ends committed, so that sort of threw them out of my top three."

It's been a while since UNC landed a recruit from Texas. With the 2009 class, UNC signed Prizell Brown, a JuCo prospect, but academic requirements prevented him from ever making it to Chapel Hill. Prior to that, you have to go back to the 2006 class, which included Alan Pelc and Trevor Stuart.

UNC has been attempting to get into the Lone Star State, particularly the Dallas area, using the connections assistant coach Joe Robinson built while coaching at LSU.

"I know Coach Robinson was in the area looking all throughout Dallas and what not," Rogers said. "I think he might have heard of me through the internet. And then he saw me in person and when we talked on the phone, we had a connection right from there."

Since then, Rogers and Robinson have maintained communication.

"We talk through email every few days," Rogers said. "He just checks up on me, like how I'm doing through two-a-days. I'll check up to see how the D-line is doing at North Carolina. It's just small talk."

Additionally, Rogers and Robinson have been working on setting up an official visit. The two are eyeing the weekend of Sept. 17 when UNC hosts Virginia.

"We have it scheduled," Rogers said. "Right now, we're working on my mom's and my sister's plane ticket, so that they can get out there."

At this point, UNC is the only school Rogers has begun to discuss officially visiting.

Given his already strong feelings towards UNC, Rogers admits that he has contemplated giving the Tar Heels' coaching staff a verbal commitment before ending the official visit.

"It depends on how much I like it and how much my mom likes it," Rogers said. "It's probably, honestly, the only school that my mom fully supports, because some of these other schools have been a little shady – even one school lied to me trying to get me to commit there. North Carolina, they haven't been trying to do all that slick stuff."

Rogers was first elevated to Bowie's varsity squad during the playoffs of his sophomore season, although he didn't receive much playing time. He became a starter during his junior year and ended the season with 61 tackles, including 15 for loss and four sacks.

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