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UCLA DT Target Greg Rogers Puts Off Announcement Until Sometime This Week

Nov. 16 -- One of UCLA's most coveted recruiting targets for the 2017 class, four-star defensive tackle prospect Greg Rogers from Las Vegas, had plans to announce his decision today, but it's been put off for a certain reason...

Greg Rogers had planned to announce Wednesday where he'll play his college ball. 

But plans have changed. Rogers will reveal his decision through a Bleacher Report announcement video, and the creation of the video has been delayed. Rogers told us that the footage was filmed Tuesday night and expects it to be ready for release sometime before Friday. 

Rogers told Scout.com's Blair Angulo that he's been committed to the school of his choice for three days.

It was thought that Rogers, the nation's #6-ranked defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2017, had UCLA and USC as his finalists. Many inside sources now believe Rogers has decided on the Bruins over the Trojans, in fact.

Rogers also considered Arizona State, Oklahoma and Colorado, having taken official visits to each. 

Rogers surprised most onlookers when he moved up his UCLA official visit to the weekend of Oct. 22nd. He had previously scheduled that UCLA visit for this upcoming USC weekend. He also had an official visit planned for USC the following weekend, when the Trojans face Notre Dame.

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Soon after his UCLA visit, Rogers revealed he'd be making his announcement Nov. 16th.  

When he changed his UCLA official visit so it was before his announcement, it was originally considered a sign that USC was the leader for Rogers.  The reasoning was that, with a USC visit still on his schedule, it was very likely he wouldn't commit to UCLA, or anywhere else, and then take his USC official visit. 

The information that has now leaked out from sources close to the recruitment is that he was leaning to UCLA previously, and he moved up his UCLA visit to speed up the process. After his UCLA visit, the word has been he's going to announce for UCLA and that there's a strong possibility he won't even take his official USC visit. 

There is the possible scenario that he does verbally commit to UCLA, and still takes his USC visit. That's a worrisome scenario for UCLA, with Rogers having a history of vacillating between favoring UCLA and USC in his recruitment, generally leaning toward the last school he had contact with.  Taking a last visit to USC could be threatening to a UCLA verbal commitment. 

If UCLA does secure Rogers, it would be a particular coup for its 2017 recruiting class. The Bruin defensive line has performed exceptionally well for the past several seasons, but UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure needs to continue to re-load the talent. Rogers is the elite kind of talent UCLA needs to perpetuate the high level of defensive line play. It's especially difficult to find true inside defensive line prospects, and Rogers is one of them. He would play alongside the #1 defensive end prospect in the nation, his friend Jaelan Phillips, who is already verbally committed to UCLA.  


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