Recruiting: Anthony Rogers Flips To OSU

Oklahoma State has recruited a few defensive linemen out of the state of Arkansas who worked out OK. The current Cowboy coaching staff hopes that Anthony Rogers, who gave his verbal to them on Monday, turns out as well as Leslie O'Neal (1982-85) and Kevin Williams (1999-2002), both of whom were standouts at OSU from the state of Arkansas before going on to Pro Bowl careers in the NFL.

Rogers originally committed to Mississippi State and Sylvester Croom but changed his mind when the Bulldogs head coach resigned Saturday after his team's 45-0 loss to Mississippi.

Rogers is a 6-4 1/2, 248-pound defensive end from Little Rock (North Little Rock), Ark., who projects to be a defensive tackle in college, said Brad Bolding, his high school coach.

"He's got a great frame. He's 6-4 1/2, so I could see him being 290 (pounds). I think that's probably where he's going to end up in college, and I think Oklahoma State is really looking at him there because he has such a good frame on him and he's athletic. He'll be a real athletic 6-4 1/2, 290-pound defensive tackle," Bolding said.

Bolding knew that Rogers had been impressed with Oklahoma State defensive line coach Glenn Spencer throughout his recruitment and that the Cowboys had finished as the runners-up to Mississippi State. So when the news broke Saturday that Croom had resigned, Bolding called Rogers at work and told him to get home to watch the Bedlam game Saturday night.

"I watched the game Saturday night.... they're really a good team. I knew they were good because they were ranked but when I watched them play, especially in the first three quarters, I was really impressed," said Rogers. "I watched the game , then I went to sleep, woke up, ..... me and mom prayed about it, then I called my coach (Bolding) and told him what my decision was, and then I called Coach Spencer and left him a voicemail."

Spencer didn't waste any time in getting back with Rogers, and then made a trip to North Little Rock High School on Monday morning for a face-to-back meeting with the player and his high school coach. That led to the verbal commitment.

Rogers committed even though he has yet to visit Oklahoma State, but he said that will change soon as he is scheduled to make an official visit this weekend.

"I'm real excited about it. When Oklahoma State offered me a few weeks back I knew then that they'd be my second choice if anything happened with Mississippi State. When I heard the news (about Croom resigning) I knew right away that Oklahoma State would be my (new) No. 1 choice," said Rogers, who had 55 unassisted tackles, 45 assisted tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 8 quarterback sacks, 4 caused fumbles, 4 recoveries and 2 blocked field goals in 11 games this past season.

Bolding said, "He just decided that there are a lot of great things going on at Oklahoma State, and he's really excited about the direction the program is going. He was actually working Saturday night and I called and told him to make sure he watched the game when he gets home. So he watched it and was real impressed with what he saw. They have a lot of players coming back, and they'll probably be ranked pretty high next year. He just likes the direction the program is heading."

So, Coach Bolding, what type of player is Oklahoma State getting in Rogers? "I'll tell you about his character and his personality first because I think that's real important. He's a great kid. He's never going to have any off-the-field issues. He's a great student. He lived with me for two weeks when his mom had surgery, and I let him babysit my little girls. He's just a super kid.

"On the field, he's a good-looking player. He's very strong with a great frame and runs well. I'll tell you, his hands are probably his best asset. He's knows how to use his hands to get off blocks well and he understands leverage. Of course strength at this level plays a big role in it because he's so much stronger than most of the kids we play.

"He's just a great kid, and a great kid to be around. They're getting a great kid all the way around – one that can play on the field and one that's not going to get in trouble and take care of business off the field," Bolding continued.

Rogers describes himself this way: "I'm more of a leader than a follower. I like to lead a group. If I have to follow I can but I'm more of a leader. I'm devoted and very trustworthy."

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