Bellevue's Rogers meets with Leach, all set for WSU

BELLEVUE SENIOR Justus Rogers is all set to play for Washington's 3A state title at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. But he received some words of encouragement from WSU head coach Mike Leach on Sunday night during an in-home visit. Rogers and Leach spoke about much more, including his future in Pullman, which will begin on Jan. 6.

Recruiting is going into overdrive for Washington State right now, especially with head man Leach out on the recruiting trail.

Sunday, the WSU coach wasted no time in getting on the road the first day coaches were allowed to make off-campus visits and one of his first stops was to Bellevue to check in with Rogers, a three-star WSU verbal. Leach was accompanied by area recruiter Eric Mele and WSU outside receivers coach Graham Harrell

“The in-home visit went well,” Rogers said. “Coach Leach, Coach Harrell and Coach Mele came over on Sunday night and we had a good conversation. They’re all excited for me to come up there and get started. 

“We talked about the Apple Cup and how I’m playing in the state final this weekend. I’m enrolling early, so we talked a little bit about the offseason workouts and what I’ll be doing once I get to campus.”

ROGERS WILL ARRIVE to campus in January, join the offseason conditioning program and participate in spring ball, which typically begins for the Cougars in late March.

The 6-2, 210-pounder committed to the WSU staff as an athlete, but has starred for Bellevue at quarterback throughout his career. Many analysts believe he’s best suited to play defensive back at the Pac-12 level.

“They’re letting me play QB for spring and fall ball, but other positions aren’t out of the picture,” Rogers said. “They’re going to give me my shot and I’m going to take full advantage. Whatever happens, happens. I know I’ll have a spot somewhere else.

“We haven’t really talked about other positions, but I’d guess probably somewhere on defense. Maybe safety or at outside linebacker. They said once I get to WSU, I’ll spend the spring lifting with the other QBs and sitting in on meeting with them, going over concepts.”

The future Coug will be in Pullman next weekend for his official visit. It will be his second trip to Pullman in six weeks.

“I was out there for the Stanford game,” Rogers said. “It was a crazy environment and I loved it. I like how everyone comes to the games and is into it the whole time.  I’ve gone to a lot of UW games and its easy to get sidetracked there. But at WSU, everyone is a Coug fan and into it the entire time. I like the support of the community.”

HERE ARE MORE recruiting notes for you:

• The Cougar staff will be very busy this weekend, hosting many prospects for official visits for the first time this year.

• As of Tuesday, CF.C has confirmed nine players who will be in Pullman this weekend. The list includes DE Lyric Bartley, OL Keenen King (verbal), DB Robert Taylor and others. For the always fluid WSU weekend visit list, click here.

• Bartley, a 6-4, 240-pound DE, informed CF.C on Monday night that he’s very excited for his trip. In addition to WSU, he holds offers from Vanderbilt, Utah State, Nevada and others.

• Rogers wasn’t the only prospect to receive an in-home visit from Leach in recent days. WSU commit D'Jimon Jones hosted Leach and Co. Monday night. A source told CF.C that Leach, Harrell and Mele had an in-home with Jacob Eason on Monday. The news of Leach's meeting with Eason was first reported by The Seattle Times.  Eason is a Georgia commit but is reevaluating his options after the firing of longtime Georgia coach Mark Richt.

• WSU isn’t wasting time looking ahead to the future either. On Monday, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins reported that WSU extended an offer to 2018 defensive back Aashari Crosswell. The Los Angeles product already holds offers from WSU, Colorado, Tennessee and others.

• Scout.com's Brandon Huffman reported Monday that WSU assistant Roy Manning is in L.A. this week and among the guys he was planning taking a look at, QB Quentin Davis at St. John Bosco.


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