Thursday, April 11, 2013
2015 OT Zach Rogers racking up offers
By Max Olson
ALLEN, Texas -- The arrival of three scholarship offers in the past month means it’s officially time for Zach Rogers to start getting serous about recruiting.
The 2015 offensive lineman from Lewisville (Texas) Hebron knew this day would come eventually, but he wouldn’t have expected those big three -- Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor -- to jump into the mix so early on in his high school career.
Class of 2015 offensive lineman Zach Rogers is attending the Oklahoma and Arkansas spring games.
He’s embracing the expectations that come with them. Rogers might’ve been a year younger than most others, but that didn’t stop him from being one of the most impressive linemen at the Dallas NFTC on Sunday.
“It went good. Nice to get out here and get some competition,” Rogers said. “The one-on-ones, that was the part I was looking forward to. All the other stuff was fun, but that’s the real fun stuff.”
Rogers said he only got in three reps when it came time to go up against defensive linemen, but he made them count. To him, that competition made attending the camp worthwhile.
Rogers' latest came from Baylor on Saturday. Ever since offering him a scholarship two weeks ago, Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels has continued to keep in touch with the 6-foot-3, 295-pound tackle.
“I’ve talked to him a couple times since they offered and also coach [Darrell] Wyatt,” Rogers said. “I’m definitely staring to build a relationship with them.”
He already has a plenty strong relationship with the coaching staff at Arkansas. Rogers will be making his second trip to Fayetteville this spring for the Hogs’ spring game on April 20. He's also attending Oklahoma's spring game on April 13.
Rogers has taken an unofficial visit to UCLA, and at this point he has no qualms with getting out of Texas if that’s how things play out in his recruiting process.
“I would like to be somewhat close to my family, and I’m pretty close with them, but it’s not going to be a deciding factor,” Rogers said. “It’s just a bonus. If the best fit for me is out in Oregon or wherever, that’s where I’ll go. And if it’s TCU, that’s just where it is.”
Despite seeing both of those campuses, Rogers isn’t ready to name UCLA or Arkansas the early favorite just yet. It’s going to take more time and more visits before he’ll know which schools are on the short list.
“I don’t have any favorites right now,” he said. “It’s so early that at this stage that I’m just trying to give everyone a chance, so that way I can make some choices and set a list and decide from there.”