Greg Rogers might not be ready to name favorites but, after another successful out-of-state visit, that step in the recruiting process might not be too far away.
The four-star defensive tackle from Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View visited USC over the weekend and the Trojans would appear to be in great shape to at least crack the list of five finalists, which Rogers intends to release in a couple months.
The 6-foot-4, 298-pound prospect took in USC's spring game at the Coliseum and got a good feel for how he would fit into the program, which already holds commitments from two other Las Vegas-based recruits in four-star safety Bubba Bolden and three-star wide receiver Randal Grimes.
"I would say USC is still pretty high on my list," Rogers told Scout.com following his visit. "I like what USC football is about. I'm the No. 1 defensive tackle that is on their board. I've seen the board and everything, and I feel like I could come in and execute.
"Watching the spring game (Saturday), I feel like I could definitely help them out early. There is just a feel there -- like I was at home. I really enjoyed the company of the coaches and they showed love."
Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UCLA are just a few schools that have indicated they intend to swing through Vegas to check on Rogers early during this spring evaluation period. Rogers hopes to hit the road in the summer for a tour of some of his suitors, but said he is not 100 percent sure yet on dates.
College coaches are not the only recruiters Rogers is hearing from.
"I hear from Jaelan Phillips about UCLA for sure," Rogers said. "I have Randal and Bubba talking to me at the Coliseum about USC. Guys are definitely pitching their programs, which I plan to do for my school too when I commit. They are doing the right thing and it's great to hear from those guys.
"I definitely look at things like that. I would imagine that me, Jaelan Phillips and Hunter Echols on the defensive line would be dominant in the Pac-12. I could see us running a three-man front at UCLA sometimes with those guys being such great pass-rushers and me clogging it up inside. It would be like Kenny Clark, Eddie Vanderdoes and all of those guys, so that's big for me. But, at the same time, I won't base my decision on something like that. I'm going to look at everything about these programs."
Rogers, the No. 2-rated defensive tackle in the West for the 2017 class, has started looking at the college football schedule so he can start planning official visits, but no destinations have been decided just yet.
"My top five schools that I release some time in June will be my five official visits," Rogers said.