2017 Houston Christian (Tex.) defensive lineman Josh Rogers has just two offers right now, but that will quickly change with his recruitment set to pick up during spring evaluations.
Because of his versatility, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound rising senior is the kind of talent SMU is looking for in the trenches, which is why the Mustangs became Rogers’ first offer back in February.
Scout’s No. 10 defensive end in the state of Texas was ecstatic to learn about his first offer from SMU, and he has continued to build solid relationships with defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and head coach Chad Morris.
“I talked to (Coach Wyatt) a lot during spring break actually. It’s not always about football, it’s about a lot of normal stuff, so I know they actually care,” Rogers explained. “Coach Morris has a ton of energy. He brings a lot of enthusiasm and that’s what you need as a football coach."
Both coaches said they could see the three-star Houston product lining up for them at the three, four or five-technique, which is something Rogers prides himself on.
“I know high school and college are going to be different, but that’s something I do now so that’s something I thrive with,” Rogers said. “I’m used to it.”
SMU’s coaching staff is just one aspect of the SMU experience that stands out to the pass rusher.
Rogers also sees the potential of the team’s roster, and likes the direction the program is headed in.
“They’ve struggled some, but I can feel the energy and they’re competing,” Rogers said. “They’ve got some coaches that are going to make a big difference and they’re working towards the future.”
Rogers will get another chance to check out the progress the program is making this coming weekend during the team’s spring game.
While the defensive lineman likes what SMU has to offer, his recruiting process is just beginning and has no favorites at the moment.
Rogers also holds an offer from Illinois, but he’s hearing from Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State and Houston regularly.
The edge rusher doesn’t have a timetable for when he wants to make a decision, but he does know what he’s looking for when it comes to picking the right school that fits him.
“Somewhere where I feel like I’m family to them. Somewhere, football wise and in the classroom, I feel at home,” Rogers said. “Somewhere I can feel at home when I’m really not.”