Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, San Diego State, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Washington and Washington State have already offered the four-star junior defensive tackle from Las Vegas. USC, Texas A&M and Oregon are among the programs in contact.
Even with all that interest Rogers wants to wait on Notre Dame.
Defensive backs coach and area recruiter Todd Lyght hopes it won’t be long.
“Coach Lyght is a real good coach,” Rogers said. “He came down here in May to visit me. We’ve had good conversations and stuff like that. He’s talking about how great Notre Dame is as a program and what they can provide for me and stuff. We’ve hit it off pretty well. Even before he came to visit me, Notre Dame was pretty high up on my list. That’s a school that I want an offer from.”
Notre Dame has been cranking up its interest in Rogers through Lyght and the mail.
He was one of several prospects in the Class of 2017 to receive a package from the Irish that included 129 letters, signifying what would be the 129th team in program history during their freshman year. Turns out Rogers didn’t necessarily need that kind of history lesson.
“I’ve always liked Notre Dame,” he said. “To be honest, I think around sixth grade or seventh grade I watched ‘Rudy.’ After watching that and seeing how great a program Notre Dame is I started to get into the program even more. I’ve been seeing them play on Channel 3 every Saturday. I’d always get up to see it. Sheldon Day is a pretty good defensive tackle and even with they had (Louis) Nix and (Stephon) Tuitt, that’s probably when I started to really pay attention to them. Just great tradition, great players, great academics.”
Rogers sees Notre Dame among his must-visit schools. But those trips likely won’t start until October or November, Rogers said.
UNLV will get the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect on campus this weekend when it hosts UCLA.
“I want to get out to Notre Dame,” Rogers said. “That’s for sure. That’s something me and my parents have been talking about. For sure UCLA, USC, Arizona State and Washington. I have a little family trip to Washington, so we’re gonna make a stop at Washington too.”
Otherwise, Rogers wants to stay zeroed in on the season. He’s helped Centennial High to a 2-0 start so far.
“I’m pretty happy with the way I’ve been playing,” Rogers said. “Right now I’m averaging a sack a game based on the two games we’ve played. I’m at about 20 to 23 tackles. I’m pretty excited about the way I’ve been playing so far. I’ve been producing and helping the defense out as much as I can.”