PROFILE: Greg Rogers
POSITION: Defensive Tackle
LOCATION: Las Vegas (Nev.)
HEIGHT: 6 ft. 4 in.
WEIGHT: 298 lbs.
RECRUITING: Rogers, the No. 6-rated defensive tackle in the Scout 300 for the 2017 class, officially visited Oklahoma (Sept. 17), Colorado (Oct. 1) and UCLA (Oct. 22), and actually pulled off a surprise by bumping up his announcement by nearly a month without visiting longtime favorite USC, which he was originally set to stop by again this Thanksgiving Day weekend. On Monday, Rogers committed to the Bruins.
WHAT TO LIKE: With a quick first step and burst off the snap, Rogers is a walking nightmare for interior offensive linemen at the high school level. He plays with good awareness, showing a capability to gain leverage and a knack for bursting through gaps to get into the backfield. In run defense, Rogers is able to recognize where the ball is going and does well to disrupt things. Not only does Rogers display a quick first step, but he makes sure to finish plays when he gets the opportunity to do so. The Scout 300 prospect also has a good motor and seems to welcome the constant double teams that he sees in high school.
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Though Rogers does show good strength and uses his hands well to shed blockers, he does tend to engage with linemen and does get caught up in traffic from time to time. From a tackling standpoint, Rogers could certainly get better, particularly since it looks like he pulls down ball carriers with his arms rather than bringing them down by using his entire body. He is able to make that work at the high school level but players are much stronger in college. Rogers still has work to do as a pass rusher and in developing other moves aside from the bull rush. He is at his best when he extends his arms to keep linemen off of him and then making a move to either side to get around his opponent.
OVERALL ANALYSIS: This is a really good addition for the Bruins at a position of need. It's a great year out West in the defensive tackle department and Rogers is unquestionably one of the best given his upside. Though he is just scratching the surface of his potential as a pass-rusher, Rogers has enough versatility in his skill set that he should have an opportunity to see the field early in his college career. Rogers has the frame to be bigger and stronger, which really helps him hold his ground against guards and centers on the interior, and he could certainly develop into an all-conference type down the road.