Rogers Returns From Ohio State Visit

The fact that Deon Rogers had already issued a verbal commitment to Georgia during the summer did not deter Ohio State from issuing him a scholarship. That paid off in the form of an official visit from the three-star prospect. Get the latest on Rogers' status going forward in this update.

Ohio State was attractive enough to get Deon Rogers to take an official visit, but it might not have been enough to convince him to withdraw his verbal commitment to Georgia.

The three-star outside linebacker prospect from Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast arrived Friday night in Columbus and was set to fly back home Sunday night. The decision to spend an official visit on the Buckeyes was the result of a summer trip Rogers and some of his teammates took during the summer when they took in an OSU camp.

"I came up here during the summer with my teammates and we liked it, so when I had a chance to take an official I decided to go to Ohio State because I liked their coaching at the camp and I liked their town," he told

The trip was taken with the blessing of the Georgia coaches, who accepted his verbal commitment in late June.

"They've got faith in me so they allowed me to go," he said. "It's my last year of high school, so take your officials. Right now I'm just looking everything up. I committed to Georgia because when I went on that little summer tour, I fit in at Georgia a lot more. That's why I committed."

While in Columbus, Rogers said the most enjoyable part was getting to spend time with a few current OSU players including freshmen Duron Carter and Jordan Whiting. Asked what sort of advice the players gave him, Rogers said, "They said it's the right place and if you want to go to the (NFL) you should come here. It's a good football place and you get your education."

In addition, he spent time with OSU head coach Jim Tressel.

"It was a nice experience, of course," Rogers said. "He seemed like a real good man. He was telling me about how if I go there he'll make me a better man and a player. It was a good experience."

OSU linebackers coach Luke Fickell has been Rogers' primary recruiter, and the player said the two speak on a weekly basis.

Going forward, there is only one more official visit Rogers is sure of. He will head to Georgia during the weekend of Nov. 14. Other than that, he is considering taking an official visit to LSU along with teammate Jeff Luc. No date has been set for that trip, however.

Rogers said he knows what he is looking for in a school: an overall feeling of comfort.

"It has to feel just like home and feel like I'm in high school all over again with my close buddies," he said. "I want to go somewhere where I feel real comfortable if I play or if I don't play. But of course I want to play."

The three-star prospect said he has felt that at both OSU and Georgia. As for how the two schools compare to him, Rogers was not about to reveal that information.

"I'm going to keep that to myself," he said.

Scout ranks the 6-2, 194-pound Rogers as the No. 46 outside linebacker in the country. He is being recruited as a hybrid linebacker/safety, he said.

He plans to officially announce a final decision once all his official visits have been taken. Being classified as a soft verbal is sometimes tough, he said.

"Right now Georgia of course is on top," he said. "I'm taking my official visits just to see what's out there and see what's right for me.

Rogers was spotted wrapped in a hooded jacket on the sidelines before the OSU-Minnesota game. With game-time temperature listed at 52 degrees and an 18-mile-an-hour wind blowing, the Floridian admitted to being a little cold.

"Yeah, it kind of shocked me because I'm a Florida boy," he said. "It shocked me a little bit."

In addition, he spent time with five-star defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd from Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington who was also on an official visit.

"He's a cool man," Rogers said of Floyd. "I like him. We bonded. It was fun having an official visit with him. He's big. He's real big."

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