July 13, 2009

Rogers intrigued by Ohio State offer

There is little doubting that the Buckeyes have had success as of late in recruiting the state of Florida and nothing would make the Ohio State coaches happier than landing a pair of players out of Port. St Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast high school. Everyone knows all about all-world linebacker Jeff Luc but teammate Deon Rogers has created his own following.

The 6-foot-3, 197-pounder gave a verbal pledge to the University of Georgia in late June but hasn't closed the door on looking around and seeing what else is out there. The Buckeyes recently threw their hat in the ring just to see the level of interest of the talented Floridian.

"I was really happy and excited about the offer," Rogers said.

Rogers is being recruited by Ohio State linebacker coach Luke Fickell but does that mean that the Buckeyes are looking at Rogers to play one of the three linebacker positions?

"They told me that they are offering me as an athlete so they will put me anywhere," Rogers said.

But what does Rogers know about the Buckeyes. In this day and age it is easy to find out about teams with national television packages and the advent of internet sports coverage.

"I know that they are good and I have been watching them on television for a while," Rogers said. "I know they are a good team and that the coaches are nice and all."

Despite being committed to UGA Rogers still plans on taking official visits in the fall just to check things out. Do the Buckeyes have a chance to land one of those all-important visits?

"Yeah, I think I am going to visit them," Rogers said.

Rogers admits that he wants to take an opportunity to check out the other campuses and programs just to compare them to what he knows is going on in Athens (Ga.).

More offers should be rolling in for the talented Rogers as schools become near permanent fixtures at Treasure Coast checking out his five star teammate. Have the two players talked about what it would be like going to the same school if the opportunity was made available?

"We support each other and if he goes (elsewhere) I am going to support him and if we go to the same school I am still going to support him the whole way so we have got each other's back," Rogers said.

Rogers is well aware of the flow of Florida players to the state of Ohio and has a theory as to why so many programs put such a major priority on the state.

"Florida is a really athletic place," Rogers said. "We fly to the ball and we are fast and aggressive."

But would Rogers like most Floridians be able to get used to the cooler weather of the fall and winter in the North?

"I would get used to it (laugh)," Rogers said.

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