NCF On The Trail: Korie Rogers

ACC recruiting storylines: Dec. 19 

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it, so too is national signing day.

ACC programs are scrambling to firm up their commitment lists and add to them as well. Here are a few top storylines for the conference:


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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ACC
Boston College
James Hendren | OT | Brookline, Mass./Dexter School
HT: 6-7 WT: 307
Position Rank: #56 OT
Stars: 3

Cameron Seward | ATH | Atlanta/Westminster School
HT: 6-0 WT: 189
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Clemson
Demarre Kitt | WR | Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Position Rank: #12 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#99)

Korie Rogers | OLB | Buford, Ga./Buford
HT: 6-1 WT: 207
Position Rank: #11 OLB
Stars: 4

Chris Register | OLB | Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Position Rank: #19 OLB
Stars: 4

Florida State
Jacob Pugh | OLB | Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
HT: 6-4 WT: 224
Position Rank: #5 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#104)

Georgia Tech
Jalen Johnson | ATH | Oneonta, Ala./Oneonta
HT: 6-2 WT: 195
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia
Caanan Brown | OLB | Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

William Richardson | OG | Burlington, N.C./Hugh M. Cummings
HT: 6-5 WT: 339
Position Rank: #8 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#126)

Virginia Tech
Eric Gallo | OG | Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
HT: 6-2 WT: 275
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wake Forest
Jaboree' Williams | OLB | Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
James Jacobs III | OLB | Waco, Texas/Midway
HT: 6-4 WT: 201
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Blake Mahon | TE-Y | Coppell, Texas/Coppell
HT: 6-5 WT: 226
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas
Joe Dineen | ATH | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma State
Trey Roberts | ATH | Houston/Dwight D. Eisenhower
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas
Sione Teuhema | DE | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-3 WT: 211
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Maea Teuhema | OT | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-5 WT: 335
Class of 2015

Big East
Cincinnati
Joel Thompson | DT | Hollywood, Fla./McArthur
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Deatrick Nichols | CB | Miami/Miami Central
HT: 5-10 WT: 171
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Michigan
Jabrill Peppers | CB | Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 1 CB
Stars: 5
ESPN 150 (No. 2)

Northwestern
Fred Wyatt | DT | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-4 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona
Jonathan Haden | RB | Washington/Friendship Collegiate Academy
HT: 5-8 WT: 185
Position Rank: No. 30 RB
Stars: 4

Arizona State
Manny Wilkins | QB-DT | Novato, Calif./San Marin
HT: 6-2 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

California
Isadore Outing | DE | Houston/Andy Dekaney
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colorado
Isaac Miller | OT | Longmont, Colo./Silver Creek
HT: 6-7 WT: 255
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Grant Wantabe | OLB | San Antonio/William J. Brennan
HT: 5-10 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Zaire Andre | WR | Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
HT: 5-11 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Keith Harrington | RB | Saint Petersburg, Fla./Northeast
HT: 5-8 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Alabama
O.J. Smith | DT | Bossier City, La./Airline
HT: 6-2 WT: 315
Postion Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Viane Talamaivao | OG | Corona, Calif./Centennial
HT: 6-2 WT: 316
Position Rank: No. 7 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (No. 121)

Auburn
Jakell Mitchell | TE-H | Opelika, Ala./Opelika
HT: 6-3 WT: 213
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Nicholas Ruffin | ATH | Atlanta/Saint Pius X Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Position Rank: #20 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#144)

Kentucky
Jarrett LaRubbio | OG | Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: #28 OG
Stars: 3

Jared Tucker | CB | Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
HT: 6-0 WT: 161
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mississippi State
Lashard Durr | CB | Gulfport, Miss./Harrison Central
HT: 6-1 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Chris Rayford | CB | Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia
HT: 5-11 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Malik Young | OG | Piedmont, S.C./Woodmont
HT: 6-3 WT: 286
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tennessee
Joe Henderson | DE | Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
HT: 6-3 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 26 DE
Stars: 3
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his staff are doing their best to recruit in-state, and it has paid off with four commitments so far in the 2014 recruiting cycle -- three of which are among the top 15 recruits in South Carolina. No other program has a commitment so far from a top 15 prospect in the Palmetto State. But another priority area for the Tigers has been the recruiting hotbed in Georgia, where there is never a shortage of upper echelon talent. On Wednesday, Clemson picked up its fourth four-star commitment from the Peach State and its first defensive commitment of the class.

Two weeks ago, four-star linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) knew where he wanted to play at the next level, but he wanted his parents to get a look at the program before he made his decision official. That happened this afternoon, and the No. 14 prospect in Georgia gave the Clemson staff the news before his visit was over.

"I am committed to Clemson University," Rogers said. "It feels great to get it off of my chest. I am excited about being a Clemson Tiger."

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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Georgia’s coaches have been and what prospects are standing out.

This week’s targets: Last Monday Mike Bobo and Will Friend saw Lowndes (Ga.) High School offensive lineman Dyshon Sims, who would get an offer from Georgia two days later. On Tuesday Tony Ball dropped on wide receiver commitment Krenwick Sanders at Wayne County (Ga.) High School and Todd Grantham and Kirk Olivadotti checked in on ESPN 150 linebacker target Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) . Grantham also visited ESPN 150 LB targets Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) that day. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson saw safety target Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove) and John Lilly saw Callaway 2015 athlete target Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway). On Thursday, Grantham and Lakatos saw ESPN 150 CB targets Nicholas Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) and D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton), and evaluated Cameron Albright (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb).

Area of interest: North Carolina has been good the Georgia Bulldogs. The running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall can attest to that. When the ESPN 150 was released, 10 players from the Tar Heel State made the initial list, which is only one prospect less than the state of Georgia and the same as the entire state of California. The No. 3 tight end in the nation, Jeb Blazevich, has already committed to Georgia, and the Bulldogs lead for the No. 10 overall prospect in defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest).

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Buford High School is one of the premier programs in Georgia. The Wolves have won eight championships in the last 12 years, the latest coming this past season after moving up to Class AAA and losing eight Division I players to graduation. College coaches drop in on Buford practices like someone was giving away free barbecue in the end zone. The University of Georgia coaching staff swings by often and it shows -- the Bulldogs have three Buford offensive linemen on scholarship: Dallas Lee, Kolton Houston and Josh Cardiello.

Mark Richt would like to keep the Buford pipeline open, and this time he is eyeing a linebacker.


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More than 150 of the top underclassmen prospects in the country were in attendance for registration to the Under Armour All-America Combine, several of which are from Georgia.

Massive OL looking to visit Wolverines

[+] EnlargeOrlando Brown Jr.
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comOrlando Brown Jr. is looking forward to visiting Michigan and other northern schools.
ESPN 2014 Watch List prospect Orlando Brown Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) should have no problem finding a place to play at the next level. At 6-foot-8, 370 pounds, the mammoth offensive lineman boasts offers from 36 programs, although he maintains eight of them are at the top.

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Weekend Rewind: Georgia 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- As the dead period in college football approached, the Georgia coaching staff tried to make the most of this past weekend.

Assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and offensive line coach Will Friend were dispatched to the Georgia Dome to see and be seen by the Bulldogs’ targets playing in the Georgia state championship games.

Between them they witnessed cornerback commit Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), offensive line commit Josh Cardiello (Buford, Ga./Buford), running back target Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), linebacker target Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford), athlete target Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and wide receiver target Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) win state titles. They also saw defensive tackle priority Montravius Adams and his Dooly County (Ga.) High School team come up short in their championship game.

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Top recruits abound at Ga. state finals 

December, 13, 2012
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There will be no shortage of talent, or college coaches, on the field at the Georgia Dome this weekend, as the GHSA football state championships are set to take place. All seven games will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting TV, as well as streaming online at gpb.org/sports. Here are some prospects to keep an eye on in each of the seven matchups.

Prince Avenue (11-2) vs. ELCA (12-1): Class A Private, Friday, 2:30 p.m.

The top prospect in the opening matchup of the weekend is ESPN 150 defensive end Isaac Rochell. He committed to Notre Dame over 20 other offers back in June. His teammate, running back Keyante Green, is a ESPN 300 prospect who committed to Purdue during the summer after being previously committed to UCLA. Eagles Landing Christian Academy has two ESPN 2014 Watch List selections to keep an eye on as well in defensive end Andrew Williams and quarterback/athlete Dalton Etheridge. Williams, whose brother Anthony plays defensive end at Georgia Tech, looks to follow Rochell’s path as one of the most coveted prospects in Georgia.

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OSU visits Nick Glass, Nick Ruffin 

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Georgia got some love from Ohio State on Friday.

With ESPN Watch List quarterback DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), ESPN 150 inside linebacker and Auburn commit Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and ESPN Watch List outside linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) already paid a visit, the Buckeyes were at it again.

This time, Ohio State checked in with Georgia commit and ESPN 150 safety Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) and his teammate cornerback Nick Ruffin.

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Urban Meyer was near his old stomping ground Friday and visited high schools with quite a few big names in the Peach State.

One of the most notable names was dual-threat quarterback and Clemson commit DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville).

He checked in with ESPN 150 inside linebacker and Auburn commit Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) as well as ESPN Watch List outside linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford).

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UGA fills 2014 ESPN Watch List 

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Mark Richt is in the midst of his 12th season at the University of Georgia, and the SEC’s longest-tenured head coach has consistently brought in top-ten recruiting classes every year. It helps to be in the backyard of one of the deepest talent pools of any state in the country.

While it might be hard to match this year’s depth of top-tier prospects -– Georgia has 31 prospects in the ESPN 300 for the 2013 class –- there is no shortage of talented in-state juniors either. Twenty-five recruits from Georgia are in the initial ESPN Watch List, including three already committed to the Bulldogs in running back Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy), wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and defensive back Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X).


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators are currently holding down the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the country for the 2013 class and have just a handful of spots remaining. Florida has also given its attention to a loaded 2014 class. With the talent in Florida next year, there will be plenty of prospects to chose from.

The state of Florida has an impressive 53 players on the ESPN Watch List. The Gators already have commitments from two players, defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) and wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Ft. Myers, Fla./Dunbar), and are heavily involved with several other top in-state prospects.

In addition to Bronson, the Gators are hoping to add a few more wide receivers from this list, and there are several good ones to chose from. Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) are two of the top prospects on Florida's wide receiver board, but Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), FSU commit Jake McCary (Miami/Coral Reef) and Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside) are also in the mix.

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BUFORD, Ga. -- Class of 2014 linebacker Korie Rogers was not a happy man Friday night. His Buford Wolves had lost their first home game since the 2006 season, a 43-game winning streak that ended when the Gainesville (Ga.) Red Elephants outscored the Wolves 19-15. Rogers and his defense forced five turnovers in the losing effort.

“They were running the spread, which we prepared for all week,” Rogers said. “I think they changed their offense just a tad bit to where it threw us off by just enough that they could win by four points.”

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound junior answered questions after the game while bleeding from multiple cuts to his nose, cheek and chin. When the injuries were pointed out to him, he shrugged.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./ Buford) will have a nice answer when his dad comes home and asks how the Mark Richt 7-on-7 camp went. Rogers hasn’t told his father yet, but the talented 2014 defender now has a Georgia offer to go with his previous offers from Florida, Penn State and East Carolina.

“Georgia offered me and it is exciting,” Rogers said. “It caught me by surprise. I was just going down there for the 7-on-7 with my team. I will tell my dad when he gets home.”

Rogers’ father should be excited considering who he has rooted for in the past.

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