Last Vegas (Nev.) four-star defensive tackle Greg Rogers is a big recruit for USC literally and figuratively.
Rated the region’s No. 2 player at his position, Rogers watched USC run many 2-4-5 defensive personnel sets due to a lack of depth on the defensive line. Rogers has seen USC in person before, but Saturday was an opportunity for him to watch the Trojan football team as a work in progress.
“It was a chance for me to interact with the coaches and the players,” said Rogers. “I saw them interact as well. It was a comfortable place for me, so I was able to take in everything they had to offer.”
Most of Rogers’ interaction was with new USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze.
“He’s a real good recruiter and we talk a lot,” said Rogers. “He tells me I’m No. 1 on their board, so I want to continue to build a relationship with him.
“I’m aware this is a new gig for him, but watching yesterday, he’s a real good coach. I think he just needs some more pieces to put together. He knows what he’s talking about and has a real good history.
“I believe that if he wasn’t diagnosed with cancer back when he was playing, he would have been one of the best defensive linemen to have played the game. He wasn’t that big of a name coming out of high school, but ended up a two-time All-American at SC. He did it without all of the hype.”
Watching Udeze at work, Rogers was able to analyze the scheme and depth USC is currently playing with.
“The defensive line seemed like it cold be pretty dominant,” said Rogers. “They looked like they were missing a few guys, and obviously they graduated some good guys last year, but I think they should have a good year.
“They could use a couple more pieces out there, so I did see they didn’t have much depth. Maybe they held guys out because they didn’t want to get anyone hurt, but I did evaluate their depth.”
Next week, it will be college coaches descending on Arbor View High School to watch Rogers play. That includes USC.
“I don’t know who my area recruiter is for USC, but I know for a fact Coach Udeze will be coming down next week,” said Rogers. “I can’t remember all of the schools coming in, but I know for sure Notre Dame will be coming in Friday as well.
“Ohio State, Oklahoma and Arkansas are also coming in to see me.”
With an onslaught of school headed to Las Vegas this month, Rogers is preparing to narrow his list of potential suitors.
“Yeah, there on some school standing out,” said Rogers. “I’m going to release a list of top schools, so I’m not going to speak on it until I release that top list.
“I mean, I’m pretty sure everyone knows USC is going to be in my top list simply because I’ve always spoken so highly of them. USC is USC. Everyone knows I like USC if they just put two and two together.”
Rogers top list will actually be a a cut of five schools he will consider officially visiting.
“It will be my top five and that will be the schools I’m looking into all the way up until I commit,” said Rogers. “That’s one of the reasons I haven’t actually put my list out. When I come out with that list, those are really the only schools I’ll be looking into.”
While at USC Saturday, Rogers saw fellow Las Vegas product Randal Grimes commit to the Trojans. Grimes commitment may have surprised USC fans, but it did not surprise Rogers.
“Randal and I are pretty close,” said Rogers. “I mean, we’re not really, really close friends, but I’ve been around him for a while now.
“I knew he was he was going to commit. I’m close to one of his coaches at Desert Pines, plus Randal basically told me he was going to commit. I expected it.
“He’s a really good player, and I think he could still blow up even though he made his decision early. I wouldn’t say he;s the next Juju (Smith), but he has those types of skills as a big receiver. He’s a great athlete to have on your team.”