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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sophomore Day helps OL get recognized

By William Wilkerson

One of the top offensive linemen to visit Texas on Saturday had a good experience in Austin, but did not come away with an offer.

Zach Rogers (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) isn’t hurting for offers. He already has three in the bag, from Arkansas, Texas Tech and UCLA. But he wouldn’t have minded adding the Longhorns to the list.

Regardless, Rogers felt like it was a step in the right direction.

“It was a good visit. I’m glad I came down,” he said. “I loved the time. I think it was good for me to come down here but when I talked to the offensive line coach [Stacy Searels], he didn’t know who I was. So I guess it was good to get to meet him face to face.”

The 6-foot-3, 274-pound Rogers is definitely a name Texas coaches will want to familiarize themselves with. Three offers to this point says something about him, plus he is teammates with 2014 ESPN Watch List safety Jamal Adams.

One of the highlights of the day for Rogers was his time spent in position meetings.

“It was pretty awesome,” he said. “[Searels] made sure you paid attention so you would remember the plays later in practice. He was quizzing guys throughout the meetings. They had to be on their feet and know what was going on.”

Rogers was also impressed by the straightforward nature of head coach Mack Brown.

“He was just talking about how this was a first [sophomore day] for them because they’ve always been more traditional with everything, but that they think is the right step in the direction for them,” Rogers said. “They wanted to start getting to know everybody and start to build those relationships.”

Rogers was also pleased with his time spent at practice.

“I liked the way practice went. It was very up-tempo,” he said. “They kept things going and got their work done.”

Rogers had to leave a little early but is hopeful to get back down to Austin at some point.

He’s making a return trip to Arkansas on April 20 for the Razorbacks' spring game.