A look at some of the defensive prospects who caught our attention at the Pylon 7v7 in Las Vegas..…
Just a freshman, Rogers was easily one of the top five linemen in the event and he's got a bright future.
Rogers was one of the revelations from the weekend's lineman challenge. And he's still just finishing up his freshman year in high school, even though he looked like the most physically mature defensive linemen there. Rogers played nice and low and with good leverage, and shot off the ball. He said he's pretty confident he'll be growing into a defensive tackle by the time he's being recruited, but we're pretty confident that if he has a continual career arc, he's got the chance to be an elite, national recruit in 2-3 years.
"It was a lot of fun and a great experience for me," said Rogers. "It was the first opportunity to do 1-on-1s and show my ability and that I can hang with the big guys. It was a good chance to see where I stand and see the older guys, learn from them and listen to them telling me what I need to do, how to fire off the ball and all that. It was a pretty good experience."
Rogers said he measured 6-3, 265, at the event and he looks like he can still put another 20-30 pounds on in the next couple of years.
He started at defensive tackle as a freshman on varsity last fall and will add offensive line duties this season.
"Last year I started on defense and we just started spring workouts so I'm probably going to play offensive line and help on both sides of the ball so I'll start both ways," said Rogers.
Academically, he said he's earned A's and B's so far, but still has some time until he plans to take the SAT or ACT.