Target 2004: Bryan Rogers

Monroe offensive lineman Bryan Rogers has a few things in common with fellow UNC recruit Tyler Hurst of East Wake. Both tip the scale at well over 300 pounds, and both would like to work in law enforcement.

A mountain physically at 6-foot-8, 315 pounds, Rogers has scholarship offers from North Carolina, Clemson, and Vanderbilt. Rogers grew up a Tar Heel fan, yet he says that the Tigers are currently in the lead for his services.

He bench presses 365 and squats 415 pounds at 17 years of age. As a junior, he was credited with 15 pancake blocks.

According to Rogers, the Clemson coaching staff has shown the most interest in him. He has visited the campus and he said he enjoyed being able to see the stadium from the dormitory room where the football players stay.

Monroe grad Terry Witherspoon went to Clemson, so a precedent has been set for a relationship between the two schools.

Still, Rogers says his favorites could change rapidly if North Carolina recruited him with the same level of intensity as Clemson.

"Oh yeah, things would be completely different (as to the order of his favorites) if Carolina were as intense as Clemson," Rogers said. "Coach [Mike] O'Cain has brought us down to Clemson a couple of different times and writes every week to let me know what the players are doing. Carolina is probably writing about every other week."

O'Cain has had recent success versus UNC's Gunter Brewer in the battle for prized 2003 recruit C.J. Gaddis.

Rogers has visited Chapel Hill recently with teammate Albert Ashcraft, where they took in the UNC-Duke basketball game last Sunday. Rogers said he really enjoyed himself and that was the first opportunity for him to meet all the members of the UNC coaching staff.

The entire Monroe football team will visit Chapel Hill this summer to attend the North Carolina three-day team camp. Rogers will go to a one-day individual camp and a three-day team camp at Clemson as well.

Rogers said he plans to go through the entire recruiting process and will decide on signing day. His family would prefer that he stay close to home but Rogers said that distance would not be a factor provided that it is a Division-1 school.

Rogers said that wherever he winds up, he hopes Ashcraft joins him there.

"It is tough going to a place that you do not know anyone," Rogers said. "Going to a school with a teammate from your high school would be a big plus."

Monroe head coach Robert Cloninger said that having two Division-1 prospects at the relatively small 2-A school is not unusual.

"It kind of goes in cycles," he said. "We had Terry Witherspoon and another player that went to Winston-Salem State come through here about the same time. We were fortunate to have both Brian and Albert together at the same time."

Most coaches agree that Rogers needs to work on his footwork in order to reach his full potential as an offensive lineman.

Bryan Rogers
Height: 6-8
Weight: 315
40-time: 4.95
BP: 365
Squat: 415
Position: OL
Pancake Blocks: 15

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