Evaluation: The first thing that stands out to you looking at Greg Rogers is his overall size. The defensive tackle is 6'4 and 290 pounds and really, not a whole lot of it is sloppy -- he's pretty well put together for a high school defensive lineman. As you might imagine, Rogers' best asset is his tremendous strength. At the high school level, as you can see in his highlights, he simply overwhelms opposing offensive lines, and as he gets bigger and stronger (and yes, he absolutely has the frame to get bigger and stronger) he projects as one of those physically dominant defensive lineman. Even with all the size and strength, though, Rogers also possessess a quick first step, and his short area quickness can also cause trouble for opposing offensive linemen. As with most physically dominant defensive linemen, he'll need to refine his technique at the next level and beyond, because he can rely on his strength and athleticism a bit much at the high school level, but there's a ton to like about Rogers as a prospect.
Recruitment: UCLA has been in on Rogers since last April, and when the Bruins offered, UCLA immediately shot to the top of his list. The Bruins were among his first four offers, and of the serious parties still involved in Rogers' recruitment, UCLA has been involved the longest. He's been out to UCLA before, and has talked about the proximity to L.A. being ideal for college -- not too far that his family can't see him play, not so close that he feels like he's just at home. Another L.A. school has also jumped into his recruitment, though, with USC offering Rogers last week. Rogers said that he grew up watching both UCLA and USC, and he said that the USC offer was a dream offer. Still, we're hearing that UCLA remains in the lead for the defensive tackle, thanks in part to the dogged and consistent recruiting efforts of UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure. The Bruins will likely have to wait this one out, though, as Rogers continues to blow up on the national scene.null