Greg Rogers was a revelation at the Pylon Linemen Challenge in Las Vegas this spring. At the time, Rogers was a 15 year old freshman that was standing out against upperclassmen. A few months later, he was at Utah State's team camp and again he stood out against older and more physically matured opponents. It was clear Rogers had a chance to be special. The Centennial defensive tackle made some significant strides between his freshman year and this fall.
Rogers started as a freshman and showed some flashes, but he was inconsistent and disappeared at times. This season, when Rogers wasn't making plays in the backfield, he was eating two blocks and allowing his teammates to make plays. Centennial is currently 8-1 and one of the top teams in Nevada. Unfortunately, Rogers sustained an injury that required a minor surgery recently, sidelining him from the playoffs.
"It's terrible that I will have to sit out while my team is in the playoffs," Rogers expressed with disappointment. "There's really nothing I can do other than cheer for my guys and get healthy. I should be 100 percent healthy sometime in December is what the doctors have told me. In the meantime, I am going to take advantage of my free time and plan to take an unofficial visit to Utah and maybe Arizona. I am hoping to get to the Utah game when they play Arizona, which will give me a chance to see both teams at once."
Rogers holds an offer from Utah at this point and is hearing from close to a dozen other schools.
"Utah is my top school right now," Rogers claimed. "They showed that early faith in me and that will always mean a lot to me. That defense is tough too, they lead the nation in sacks, which is huge. I also like Arizona a lot. They seem really interested, too. With that being said, I am keeping my options to the max. UCLA, USC, Clemson, and Washington have all been showing me interest for a while now. Miami and Nebraska have also started to send me some letters. It's pretty exciting for me."
When Rogers sophomore tape circulates, there could be a lot more schools showing him interest. Officially, Rogers recorded 37 tackles, 11 TFLs, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, while getting 12 hurries on the quarterback. Those numbers don't speak to how disruptive Rogers really was this fall.
"I am really going to hit it hard this offseason," Rogers said. "I have to get better and better. I can't be complacent and always need to be improving. I can get stronger, more explosive, and smarter. I haven't done much of anything yet."
Rogers has the chance to be one of the top defensive tackles out West for the next two years. He is oozing with potential, and is just beginning to tap into it. Between hitting the weight room and getting some good coaching on the camp circuit, Rogers has a chance to take his game to the next level as a junior.