Chase Rogers offered by Ole Miss

Chase Rogers out of St. Stanislaus high school in Bay St. Louis, Miss., grew up going to Ole Miss events. His father played ball there. Today the Rebels informed him he'll have that opportunity to do the same.

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"Coach Harris offered me this morning about 10 minutes before I was going on a radio show," Rogers said. "It wasn't really a surprise. We have been talking the past couple of weeks. He had to go over the situation with coach Freeze because of the scholarship reductions they self imposed."

Ole Miss self imposed three scholarships in the incoming class as part of the NCAA investigation. They brought in three tight ends in the 2016 class class in Octavious Cooley,Jacob Mathis and Gabe Angel, but they will be the only three tight ends on scholarship for the 2017 season.

"They explained everything to me. They said they were not even going to take another tight end because of their numbers, but I was just the right fit. I guess I'm that guy. They they think I'm an all around good guy who they don't have to worry about with academics or off the field troubles, but at the same time, they think I'm a baller."

Chase grew disappointed about Ole Miss' late offer but once the communication was opened back up a couple weeks back all questions were left unanswered.

"Coach Harris apologized about everything that had happened. Once he explained the process I totally understood. I'm just honored I'm the tight end they want. This definitely gives me another option in case my mind changes."

The Ole Miss offer has always been something that he's dreamed of getting.

"My dad walked on there. My mom is the biggest Ole Miss fan I know (laugh). I grew up around Ole Miss. I've gone to their games since I was a little kid. I've just always been a big Ole Miss fan."

How do Chase separate the fan from his recruitment, if he does at all?

"I'm just keeping my options open. I'm still going to take all of my visits and take everything into consideration. I have not ruled anyone out in my final decision."

Three schools look to be under serious consideration.

"I'll take official visits to Tennessee, Oregon and Ole Miss. I'm going to get up to Ole Miss in the next week to two. Coach Harris sent me their practice schedule. I'm going to go up there and see them practice on a day we are not practicing. I plan on going up to Tennessee in a couple weeks too. I'll take my officials to all three of those schools."

What next?

"Right now I'm still committed to Tennessee. I don't plan on changing anytime soon but things can change. You never know. That's why I'm keeping all of my options open."

Rogers had 81 catches for 1,462 yards and 19 scores as a junior.


Yancy Porter is the Ole Miss recruiting analyst for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com.



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