Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Horns offer third offensive linemen of 2015
By William Wilkerson
The fact that 2015 offensive tackle Zach Rogers (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) didn’t get an offer on Texas’ sophomore day was a little surprising to some.
But it’s all a wash now.
Rogers (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) received his offer over the phone from Longhorns co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt on Tuesday evening.
“After practice we went inside and Coach Wyatt had called my head coach,” Rogers said. “I talked to him and said that they had watched my film a few times, liked what I saw and wanted to offer me a scholarship. Then he gave me [Offensive line] Coach [Stacy] Searels’ number and I talked to him for a while. He just wanted me to know that they thought I was a person that could be a good player at Texas.”
Texas joins an offers list that already includes Arkansas, Texas Tech and UCLA.
Being a Texas boy made this one that much more special to Rogers.
“It is a really big deal,” Rogers said. “They are a great school. It’s still new for Texas to offer kids this early. I am definitely honored to have it. I am pretty excited about it.”
Rogers was one of several dozen sophomores who were in attendance for Texas’ sophomore day on Saturday, but like all but eight that came down, he went home without an offer. That was all OK with him.
“It didn’t bother me at all,” Rogers said. “They did what was best for them and I respect that. A couple days later doesn’t bother me at all. I’m just happy to have it.”
Texas did offer two offensive linemen that day in Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman), who committed that day, and Maea Teuhema (Keller, Texas/Keller).
Rogers told HornsNation on Saturday that when he introduced himself to Coach Searels that Searels didn’t know who he was. Rogers clarified that on Tuesday.
“I was talking to him and told him I had to leave early,” Rogers said. “We talked for a minute or two. He didn’t really say that he didn’t know who I was. He just hadn’t watched film. It just kind of shocked me that he hadn’t watched film but I understand he has a ton of things to do. I talked to him tonight and we moved past that.”
Rogers isn’t sure if he’ll be able to make it down for Texas’ spring game on March 30 but will definitely make it down in the future. The Longhorns coaching staff will surely frequent his high school as well; teammate Jamal Adams, a 2014 safety, is one of their top targets.
“They are definitely up there,” Rogers said. “Right now I don’t have favorites. But Texas is up there. I think they’ll be fighting for a spot when it’s time for me to make a decision. I’m definitely excited about it.”