It’s finally official: five-star offensive lineman Justin Rogers is a Kentucky Wildcat.
The Oak Park, Michigan native just picked the Cats over Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Tennessee in a ceremony at his high school. He’s considered the No. 1 offensive guard and the No. 10 overall prospect in the country by Rivals, making him the fourth top 15 player to commit to Kentucky in the last 20 years. Landon Young was 247’s No. 12 player in the 2016 class, Micah Johnson was ESPN’s No. 9 player in 2006, and Antonio Hall was 247’s No. 13 overall prospect in 2000.
How did Kentucky pull this off? They were the first major school to offer Rogers back when he was an eighth grader. Steve Clinkscale, Rogers’ primary recruiter, also offered two of his high school teammates, 2020 four-star athlete Enzo Jennings and current Kentucky defensive lineman Marquan McCall. Part of Kentucky’s pitch for McCall, originally an offensive guard, was offering him the chance to play defense; that’s been a major selling point for Rogers as well.
Rogers is Kentucky’s fifth commitment in the 2020 class, joining four-star offensive tackle John Young, four-star defensive tackle Lamar Goods, three-star quarterback Beau Allen, and three-star cornerback Andru Phillips. With him on board, Kentucky now has the No. 22 class in the country despite only having five commitments so far.