• Assets: Possesses a relentless, non-stop nature when it comes to getting off the snap and pursuing the football. Sheldon Day-like motor. Loves the game, loves the contact. A gap-creaser. Outstanding snap anticipation allows him to beat opponents to the punch. Has a menacing presence on the field.
Plays with a wide base and top-level push. Would engage every player on offense every snap if there were time to do so. Plays through the whistle, probing for the ball carrier in scrums until he finds him. Once he wraps a ball carrier, it’s end of story.
Offers interior defensive line pass rush. A plow-forward mentality. A home-wrecking, disruptive force in the offensive backfield. Makes it imperative that offenses account for him every snap. Prototypical three-technique.
• Room for improvement: Pad-level consistency. Will sometimes play with a high center of balance. Will rely on sheer power over footwork at times.
• Schools of Interest: Notre Dame. ACC: Virginia; Big Ten: Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska; Big 12: Oklahoma; SEC: Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee; Pac 12: USC, Arizona, Utah, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Washington, Washington; Other: BYU, Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV
• Early line: With Rogers expected to name a top five at the end of this week or by the beginning of next week, things are heating up quickly.
Most believe USC and Oklahoma are the teams to beat at the present time with Michigan near the lead pack. Rogers recently visited USC.
Five schools have visited Arbor View High School in Las Vegas with scholarship offer in hand – Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana and UNLV.
A recent visit to the high school/offer by Notre Dame defensive line coach Keith Gilmore caught Rogers’ attention.
“It meant a lot,” said Rogers to Irish Illustrated’s Jake Brown. “Coach Gilmore 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. 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.”
Rogers has set a Dec. 10 date – his mother’s birthday – to announce a verbal commitment.
• ND’s 2017 defensive tackle recruiting: The Irish already have a three-technique verbally committed. Kurt Hinish (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is an underrated three-star prospect who is active, tough and physical.
Other tackles listed on Notre Dame’s offer sheet include four-stars Jay Tufele (South Jordan, Utah) and Martin Andrus (Los Angeles) – both Scout top 100s. Offers also have gone out to three-stars Dalyn Wade-Perry (Sparta, N.J.), and Jordan Williams (Virginia Beach, Va.).
• ND’s 2016 defensive tackle depth chart: The Irish had bodies at defensive tackle this spring, but nothing like the three-technique – Sheldon Day – that walked out the door and into the NFL.
Days’ supposed heir apparent, Jerry Tillery, did not win the job in the spring. Backups included sophomores Elijah Taylor and Micah Dew-Treadway, neither of which seriously challenged for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart.
Veteran Jarron Jones – coming back from foot and knee injuries – could slide to the three-technique if issues carry over from the spring. Jay Hayes is always an option, but he seemed to find a home this spring at rush end. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder expressed a desire to keep junior Jonathan Bonner and freshman Khalid Kareem at big end.
• Summary: It’s always a bit more interesting with a prospect when there is a disparity in opinions among the major college football recruiting sites. Scout has Rogers listed as the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect and the No. 37 overall prospect. Other sites have him as the No. 11 three-technique and just inside the top 200, the fifth best tackle/No. 66 overall, and the fifth best tackle/95th overall.
Reality lies somewhere in between those parameters.
What’s there not to like about Rogers? Perhaps he tries to overpower sometimes when he should be dropping his power point and getting his pads underneath those of an offensive lineman. Maybe he would win more battles if he bent at the knees more and followed the “low man wins” credo.
But if those things are issues – he’s athletic and talented enough where they don’t have to be -- they are far outweighed by the dynamo that is three-technique Greg Rogers. This kid checks the boxes in love for the game, love for contact, love for dishing out physicality, and love for the competition within the first 30 seconds of his film. You truly can’t teach the want-to desire that he possesses, which is magnified when you see the defensive tackle skill set to go with it.
What puts him over the top is a personality that validates what we see on film. This is an out-going, gregarious, competitive young man who’s much more inclined to maximize his skills because of his optimistic approach to the game than he is likely to succumb to some minor shortcomings. He wants it, he’s going for it, and he has the tools to achieve it.
Where does he end up on the collegiate level? Step No. 1 for Notre Dame is to get into the top five, which he is about to name. It would be a huge upset if he wasn’t on that list. However, the competition with schools like USC, Oklahoma and perhaps Michigan – to name a few generally considered at the top of his list – will be very formidable. Rogers is a USC-type/Oklahoma-type defensive tackle that Notre Dame has greater difficulty landing.
But if the Irish truly are in the running for Rogers, they’ve got a real live one. This is a legitimate four-star prospect with difference-making upside.