UNC Offers In-State DE

North Carolina became the third school to offer Dane Rogers on Wednesday.

"I'm pretty happy about the North Carolina offer," Rogers said. "It's close to home – that's always a big plus."

Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 226-pound defensive end from Shelby (N.C.) Crest, has also been offered by NC State and Tennessee.

The UNC offer comes four days after Rogers attended UNC's Junior Day. Gunter Brewer, who recruits Cleveland County for UNC, extended the junior day invitation to Rogers last week.

"Most of the time, I was just touring around the campus," Rogers said of the junior day. "I looked at the stadium. That new facility that they spent a lot of money on [the Loudermilk Center for Excellence and the Blue Zone], that was impressive. I always wanted to look into it ever since we played [in Kenan Stadium] last year in the state championship. I always wanted to explore around it."

Before leaving on Saturday, Rogers spoke to Deke Adams, UNC's defensive line coach.

"He just wanted to see how I was," Rogers said. "He wanted to get to know me better and trying to get me back in for spring ball."

Despite the positive remarks towards UNC, Rogers doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"I wouldn't say I have a top five or a top ten," Rogers said. "It's like I tell everybody: I'm open in this recruitment… I just want to give everybody a chance. Everybody that has interest in me, I want to at least evaluate them – you know, maybe, go and take a visit, see what they're about, and what they have planned for me."

Rogers plans to name his final five schools by the end of the football season. Shortly thereafter, he'll take his official visits before making a verbal commitment.

Besides UNC on Saturday, Rogers has visited Clemson and NC State.

"I'm trying to get down to Wake Forest this weekend," Rogers said. "And I've been planning on going to Florida. I tried to go to Florida's Junior Day and I ended up not being able to go. By March, I should be heading down to Gainesville."

Speaking of Florida, two of Rogers' former teammates, Jonathan Bullard and Rhaheim Ledbetter, signed with the Gators earlier this month.

"To play with my high school teammates on another level, that would be a good thing," Rogers said. "I loved playing with Jon and Rhaheim, but as of right now, I have no clue what I'm going to do. People who say I'm a lock to follow them to Florida, I just let them talk."

Bullard and Ledbetter aren't Rogers' lone connections to a college. His cousin Carlos Watkins is a Clemson signee.

In the second game of his freshman season, Rogers earned a starting spot on Crest's defensive line. Rogers considers this past season his best yet – he made All-Big South Conference for the first time with five sacks and Crest went 12-4 reaching the NCHSAA 3AA title game.

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