Greg Rogers couldn't have started the spring evaluation period much better.
One of the offers he coveted most arrived a couple weeks ago when Notre Dame defensive line coach Keith Gilmore made a stop to check on the four-star defensive tackle at Arbor View High School in Las Vegas. Gilmore left word of an offer before departing.
“It meant a lot,” Rogers said. “Coach Gilmore actually just talked to my mother (Sunday). Notre Dame is a great school, as we all know. I plan on taking them all the way, probably top five-ish and stuff. I want to take an official visit there. With Notre Dame being one of the top schools on my list right now, coach Gilmore coming down and extending an offer to me, me and him have a pretty good relationship. I’m glad how all that went down.”
Rogers has already seen the Irish up close after making an unofficial visit in March for spring practice. Gilmore drew his attention as he worked with the current roster on their technique in preparation for the Blue-Gold Game.
“They were getting after it,” Rogers said. “There’s a lot of good coaching up there by coach Gilmore. He’s definitely coaching up the defensive linemen very well. He did know what he was talking about. Just the effort and stuff he put into the players. The players were working really hard. Seeing it and experiencing it for the first time, you usually only see it on TV. Seeing it was pretty cool.”
By officially entering the mix with an offer, Notre Dame puts itself in position to make an upcoming cut.
Rogers plans to release a top five either Friday or at the beginning of next week. His other offers include Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Utah and Washington, among others.
Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana and UNLV have all made stops at Arbor View this spring. Rogers expects Ohio State and Oregon to do so soon, perhaps expanding the offer list when they get a closer look.
“Right now I’m looking at who basically I have good relationships with,” Rogers said. “Like I said, who’s actually showing a lot of interest in me. Who’s making me a priority guy for them. I have a few more schools that are stopping by this week and I’m gonna see where they stand in the offer process. This spring evaluation period is pretty much over. They’re pretty much toward the end of the spring evaluation period.
“There’s not many other schools I’m trying to get offers from. I’m not the type of guy that’s looking for more and more offers. I pretty much have offers from everybody I’m interested in.”
Most recently, Rogers made a visit to USC. He hopes to make another round of visits in the summer, then double back with official visits during the fall to the programs that make up his top five.
There’s already a decision date in mind — Dec. 10. Rogers said that’s his mother’s birthday and also falls ahead of the time he’d like to be off the board before potentially enrolling early. He’s still sorting out whether to move forward with joining the program of his choice at mid-year.
“I’m committing on Dec. 10,” Rogers said. “We know how time flies, that’s pretty much around the corner. The teams that are gonna be in my top five are gonna be the schools that have been with me through this whole process and I feel like are recruiting me really hard. I’m just gonna continue to keep building relationships. I’ll try to take an unofficial visit to all the schools. A few of the schools I’ve taken unofficial visits to already. I’ll just keep building relationships and go from there.”