WSU recruiting: A change for Bellevue ATH

BELLEVUE'S JUSTUS ROGERS, who has long held a scholarship offer from Washington State, wants to play quarterback at the next level. But he's recently made a decision, a change, when it comes to recruiting.

Rogers (6-2, 210) has been very open with schools about his desire to play quarterback up until now. But starting this week he says his head coach at Bellevue High will be letting schools know there's been a shift -- while Rogers hasn't given up on becoming a college QB, he is now entirely open to playing defense at the next level.

"I'm open to other positions and let's see where it goes from there," said Rogers.

Rogers was offered by WSU as a safety more than a year ago, when he was a sophomore. He said he'll graduate early from high school, and that WSU has told him he'd have the opportunity to compete at QB in spring ball. But he wants to keep his options open and see if he can gain additional offers, now that he's more open to being recruited at a position other than quarterback.

"What's the school like, where am I position-wise, will I get on the field right away or will I have to wait three years to get some time: It's down to that now," said Rogers.

Rogers said he hasn't heard much from other schools lately with coaches on vacation and then headed right into fall camp. But other than WSU, the two he was talking most with earlier were ASU and UW. Both ASU and UW "definitely" see him on the defensive side of the ball, Rogers said, but neither has put a scholie on the table. Meanwhile, he's stayed in contact with area recruiter Eric Mele at Washington State.

"They've been with me since Day 1, they were the first school to offer me and they've been keeping in contact with me on a weekly basis and seeing how I'm doing," said Rogers.

WSU and Army are Rogers' two offers. He is rated a three-star prospect on as an ATH (safety).

"My plan was to finish up my recruiting by the end of August on where I choose to go college-wise. I'm kinda hearing from University of Washington as well and Arizona State, so the time frame is to the end of August but it could a little (later). I definitely want to get it early in the season than to wait until my high school football season is over," Rogers said.

Rogers was 60-92 last season for 900 yards with nine TDs and no interceptions. He rushed for 400 yards on 49 attempts and two scores.

This past weekend, Rogers finished in fourth overall place at the Northwest 9 quarterback challenge:

1. Jacob Sirmon (2018, Bothell)
2. Blake Gregory (2016, Skyline)
3. Davis Alexander (2016, Gig Harbor)
4. Justus Rogers (2016, Bellevue)
5. Tavin Montgomery (2016, Juanita)
6. Gresch Jensen (2016, Auburn Mountainview)
7. Dylan Morris (2019, Graham-Kapowsin)
8. Wyatt Hutchinson (2016, Clackamas, Oregon)
9. Nathan West (2016, O’Dea)

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