He’d been committed to Tennessee since the spring. But with two full months until National Signing Day, he wanted to re-evaluate things, so he opted to re-open his recruitment.
Now Rogers is in Montgomery, Ala., for the Alabama - Mississippi All-Star Game. And, no, he still isn’t close to making his second — and, hopefully, final — decision, though he’s talking primarily to three schools.
“I didn’t really have to worry about anything about recruiting,” Rogers said. “Now I’m back open. I’ve got to take it in perspective and keep all my options open.
“I’ve been talking to LSU, Houston, Texas right now. Texas was going to come down this week to see me, but they can’t come here obviously. (New Longhorn head coach Tom Herman) is planning on doing an in-home visit Sunday if he’s free. He told me he doesn’t want to wait until after the dead period, so it’s looking pretty good for me. They want a guy who can come in and play early, play more of a receiver-type tight end. They feel I’m that guy. Hopefully that offer comes.”
Rogers hasn’t scheduled any official visits yet, though he’s planning on taking all five “around January.” He said he’s “probably going to take one to Texas,” but “that’s the only one I really know right now.”
Ole Miss offered Rogers in July. The Rebels have been in recent contact with Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect who is rated the No. 1 tight end in Mississippi for the 2017 recruiting class.
However, they’ve informed the Bay St. Louis, Miss., product they currently don’t plan on taking a tight end. Despite the graduation of award-winning senior tight end Evan Engram, the Rebels have depth at the position, returning a pair of former four-star signees in Octavious Cooley and Jacob Mathis, as well as former three-star Gabe Angel.
“I’ve talked to Ole Miss probably once a week for the past three weeks,” Rogers said. “As of right now they told me they don’t plan on taking a tight end. But if things change they said I’m their guy. (If Ole Miss changed its stance) it’d be an option, but it’d kind of be hard to jump in because I’ve talked to so many other schools. They’re just now coming into the picture.”
Rogers is ranked the No. 33 tight end in the country by Scout.com.
“The atmosphere and the coaches and how I feel there,” Rogers said of the attributes he’s looking for in a school. “That’s one thing I liked about Tennessee; it made me feel like home. Things change, other options come open. I’m really looking for an offense I can go in and play early, get the ball and like my surroundings and stuff like that.”
Rogers’ quarterback at St. Stanislaus High School, four-star Myles Brennan, is also his quarterback this week for team Mississippi. The two have discussed potentially playing together in college, but it’s unlikely at this point, Rogers admitted.
Brennan softened his commitment to LSU in November, with Oklahoma State and Ole Miss in play.
“It was when he was committed to LSU because LSU was kind of talking to me, too,” Rogers said. “Now things changed with that. It comes up every now and then, but I don’t think it’ll happen, to be honest with you.”