One of the best football prospects in America is no stranger to Kentucky. As his recruitment nears a crescendo, the Cats aren’t going anywhere.
Justin Rogers first received interest from UK as a freshman. Steve Clinkscale recruited Oak Park High School in Michigan, eventually receiving a commitment from Rogers’ teammate, Marquan McCall. As the relationship between McCall and Kentucky grew, Rogers blew up.
A five-star prospect, Rogers is ranked as high as the No. 10 player overall in the 2020 recruiting class by Rivals. The top-ranked interior offensive lineman in the country, Rogers attended every single national camp for seniors as a junior. He’ll be an Under Armour All-American after his final high school season.
Throughout the process Rogers has made the trip from the Detroit area to Lexington quite often. Rogers most recently attended UK Junior Day with his four-star teammate, cornerback Enzo Jennings. As he enters the home stretch, Rogers could return to UK for an official visit.
After taking his first official visit to Tennessee, Rogers told Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt, “I am trying to plan official visits right now. I want to say Georgia and Kentucky (could get planned) in these coming up weeks.”
Georgia and Ohio State have been the perceived favorites for quite some time, but Kentucky remains in the mix. Rogers is prioritizing early playing time. Maybe UK is offering the five-star player something other schools cannot?
To convince McCall to leave the state of Michigan, Kentucky promised him a spot on the defensive line as a nose guard, where most other schools wanted him to play offensive line. Rogers is considered an offensive lineman first, but he prefers to highlight his defensive expertise. Kentucky would not hesitate to offer Rogers a spot on the defensive side of the ball to lock up the highest-ranked commitment in school history.
Regardless of what happens when, it’s incredible to see Kentucky in the conversation for the best of the best in America. The national experts will say it’s a long shot, but Kentucky has been involved since the beginning and there’s one lesson I will never forget: “Never doubt the Big Dog.”