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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Texas 2015 OL holds three big offers

By Damon Sayles

Few players at the Texas Class 5A level can boast about playing varsity football as a freshman. Zach Rogers (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) was a 14-year-old starter on the offensive line.

A 2015 player to watch, Rogers, however, isn’t your average lineman. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman, a tackle at the high school level projected to be an interior lineman in college, had offers from Arkansas and Texas Tech entering the month, and he picked up a UCLA offer over the weekend.

Recruiting for Rogers has been much like his budding high school career -- impressive.

“I wasn’t expecting it to start this early,” said Rogers, who just turned 16 in December. “Once it did, it’s been fun. I’m just having fun with it and staying on top of my game.”

Rogers started every game as a freshman at tackle for Hebron. He stayed at tackle as a sophomore but is unsure where he’ll play on the line next season. Rogers’ versatility is what makes him such an attractive get for colleges coast to coast.

Arkansas was the first offer, which he picked up last July after a campus visit. The offer from UCLA, which came from offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, gave Rogers an offer from three of the most dominant conferences in college football -- one from the SEC, one from the Big 12 and one from the Pac-12.

“Arkansas was my first offer, and that was pretty awesome. Texas Tech and UCLA are both great schools,” Rogers said. “It’s been a lot of hard work. I wasn’t expecting any of this; it’s pretty awesome.”

Rogers has received interest from Oklahoma and SMU. He said he will attend SMU’s junior day on Saturday just to get a feel for the campus.

Rogers knows he still has two more years until college, and he has plenty to learn and time to grow even more. He reminisced of being in middle school and watching Hebron’s spring practice, learning the plays in an effort to stay ahead of the pack.

It helped, and now he’s reaping the benefits.

“When Coach [Brian Brazil] told me the first week of two-a-days that I’m penciled in as a starting lineman, it was an awesome feeling,” he said. “I just want people to know I’m going to work hard, and I’ll show up and play wherever you need me to.”