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 Scout.com 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)
WSU recruiting: A change for Bellevue ATH
Cougfan Top Stories
Cougs' 2017 schedule plain odd, says LeachFIVE-STRAIGHT home games to start the 2017 football season “is about the strangest schedule I believe I’ve ever seen,” Mike Leach told reporters Wednesday when asked about the…
CougfanYesterday at 4:57 PM
Mike Leach has tough love for Dezmon PatmonMIKE LEACH SENT a strong message to Cougar receiver Dezmon Patmon in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
CougfanYesterday at 3:30 PM
Sizing up rush & nickel with Roy ManningROY MANNING makes no secret about it. “I actually have a chip on my shoulder,” the Washington State assistant coach says about the Cougars’ 20 sacks in 2016.
CougfanYesterday at 1:39 PM
Right guard among spring's best battlesWASHINGTON STATE this spring returns talent and experience to the offensive line, including a unanimous All-American selection. The primary question mark, apart from who will…
CougfanYesterday at 10:22 AM