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Could a Five-Star Football Recruit Officially Visit Kentucky?



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.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for Could a Five-Star Football Recruit Officially Visit Kentucky?

  1. UKinIN
    1:46 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    UK signing this kid would fall under Matt’s “If a Top 10 basketball player picks any school but UK, Duke, or Kansas, that school needs to be investigated” scenario.

    • bigbluenationmbb
      2:26 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Theirs a series on YouTube I watched the other day and it Talks about how every school pays their players it’s 4 episodes 30 minutes each

    • syrin23
      2:56 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      No, because as they point out, UK has been looking at this guy for years, and our program finished in the top ten. It’s not like Texas A+M landing Zion out of the blue.

  2. Bobbum Man
    2:15 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Landon Collins? Matt Elam? Have we not had several 5 stars commit much less visit? Not exactly sure what the headline is trying to say but comes off as it’s never happened before

    • jarred_combs
      2:23 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      When did Landon young change his name?

    • Bobbum Man
      2:42 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Lol my fault… reading too much nfl stuff today, y’all know what I mean

    • Ridge Runner
      3:03 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Point taken Bobbum.

    • Brutal Hustler
      3:20 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Landon and Matt were from Kentucky though. A top 25 guy from out of state is pretty impressive, especially considering the other schools in the mix

  3. BlueFrank
    2:27 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    The highest ranked in school history….. what about Tim Couch? Wasn’t he the #1 overall recruit?

    • truBLU
      11:06 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      No sir, but he was the #1 pick in his NFL draft. He was highly rated coming out of high school, but not like this.

  4. Ridge Runner
    3:02 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Football recruiting.. Yes, it’s nice and all but this is like the best looking girl in school stopping by your house.

    To see your sister.

    • Ridge Runner
      3:03 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Just picking.. well, kinda.

  5. notFromhere
    3:23 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    This is Kentucky, where all but about 10,000 UK fans are the last ones to get behind their football team, because they dont know jack about football. Writers here dont even know we have gotten high 4 and 5 star recruits in the past. They keep repeating the same old negative sht because it’s in their programming.

    The rest of y’all need to figure out what these recruits and players did years ago. We arent fkn round no more. Get your mind and your school girl emotions right! 10 Win season and y’all ain’t figured out nothing.

    [email protected]$#%!.up!

    • Ridge Runner
      3:28 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Can I come out of standing in “time out” now Dad?

  6. Trueblue44
    4:08 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Couch and Dennis Johnson both. Couch was USA Today offensive player of the year his senior year and Johnson was USA Today Defensive POY his senior year. That was when USA Today was in the thick of things