Saturday, March 16, 2013
Versatile 2015 OL talks UCLA visit
By Damon Sayles
Spring break allowed some players in the Dallas area to do one of two things -- either rest up or make a visit to a school of interest.
2015 interior lineman Zach Rogers (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) chose to do the latter.
Rogers made the trip to California and took an unofficial visit to UCLA, one of the three schools that have offered the 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman. Rogers arrived in California Thursday night and visited the campus on Friday. He will stay in the Los Angeles area until Sunday to visit friends of his family.
“It was nice being up there. I’d never been to California before,” Rogers said. “It was nothing like I expected. I’m really happy I made it out.”
Rogers is being recruited to UCLA by offensive line coach Adrian Klemm. Rogers had a chance to chat with him briefly, and he likes the direction the Bruins are going offensively. Rogers added that the campus and Westwood neighborhood was appealing.
Rogers has offers from UCLA, Arkansas and Texas Tech. While he said he’s taking his time with his process -- one that is expected to include multiple FBS offers -- he said he left UCLA with a new perspective on the campus.
“I don’t know if there’s one thing about it,” he said, “but overall, it was really nice. When I got to the campus, it was gorgeous. I had a chance to spend time with Coach Klemm and met a couple of other coaches. Coach Klemm’s a great guy. I really like him a lot.”
Rogers picked up the UCLA offer last month. A first-team, all-district selection this past season, Rogers has started every game since freshman year for Hebron. Rogers is expected to play either guard or center in college, but he lined up at tackle for Hebron the last two years, showcasing his versatility.