Justin Rogers’ commitment to Kentucky is already paying dividends.
Kentucky made a splash in the recruiting world when the tenth-ranked player in America donned a UK hat during a commitment ceremony at his high school. Less than two weeks later, Rogers said on Twitter he would take another official visit.
The Saturday afternoon news drew the ire of many fans. “Why do these kids even commit?” “It means nothing till the signature dries!”
Aside from the anger, many fans felt all hope for Rogers was lost, ripping away the good vibes following his commitment. It did nothing to change all the positive momentum on the recruiting front. While you were busy questioning the integrity of “kids these days,” two incredibly talented players from Detroit were scheduling official visits to Lexington.
This week UK will host Enzo Jennings and Makari Paige on official visits. Consensus four-star talents, Paige is the country’s No. 13 safety and Jennings is the fourth-ranked cornerback. The latter plays with Rogers at Oak Park High School.
Obviously, there are plenty of factors that went into each players’ decision to use one of their five official visits on UK. Rogers’ commitment played a significant part. It’s not so different than the impact Beau Allen’s commitment will have on Izayah Cummings. A great wide receiver wants to play with a great quarterback. Great defensive backs want to play with great pass rushers, especially ones from their hometown.
The recruitment of Justin Rogers will have plenty of peaks and valleys, hopefully ending with a peak in December. If that does not happen, Rogers will not leave UK entirely empty-handed.