June 13, 2012

Rogers relishes offer



The Buford Wolves have done two things over the last decade.

They have won championships, and they have consistently produced as many and possibly more big time prospects as any program in the state of Georgia.

With a little less than eight months for the class of 2013 can sign letters of intent, Buford already has a 2014 prospect to keep any eye on in linebacker Korie Rogers.

At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, Rogers already looks the part, and he has the offer sheet to prove it.

"Right now I have offers from Penn State, East Carolina, Florida, and Georgia," said Rogers. "More might be coming, but those have already offered."

The star junior's latest offer came from the home state Bulldogs, and he had the good fortune of being on campus when the news was delivered.

"I was up there on for the 7-on-7 at UGA, and Coach O (Kirk Olivadotti) told me that the University of Georgia wanted to offer me a scholarship," he said. "Then we got in the golf cart and went over to Coach (Mark) Richt, and he basically told me the same thing. They told me that they were excited to offer me and that they were impressed with what I had done there."

When a prospect grows up 45 minutes down the road from a school, he is bound to be familiar with the program.

Rogers, however, has other reasons for his knowledge of the Bulldogs.

"My dad is a big Georgia fan, and I always liked Georgia growing up," said Rogers. "I kind of got away from that as I got older. I started liking Texas during the Vince Young era, but I don't have a true team right now. My dad is a big Georgia fan though."

Rogers' father wasn't there when the news was delivered, but as one would expect, he had a positive reaction to the news.

"Oh yeah, he was really happy," said Rogers. "He was super excited, and told me he was proud of me. He told me to keep doing what I was doing and it would all work out. He told me that it made his day."

As a player Rogers does a variety of things for the Buford defense.

He is a pass rusher off the edge, he can play downhill against the run, and he has also shown an ability to defend the pass in space.

Having a chance to learn the game in one of the most successful programs in the state is something that the Peach State junior doesn't take for granted.

"I'm so blessed to have been in Buford my whole life and grow up seeing this program," he said. "Just seeing Buford football and the hard work has been helpful. It has really motivated me."

With two years left to fine-tune his game and impress the large number of coaches that will surely be on hand to evaluate him, Rogers already knows his strengths and weaknesses as a player.

"My strengths are getting to the ball and getting there fast," he said. "I like to hit, too. My weakness is pass coverage. I want to get better there."

When it comes to his recruitment, however, the Buford standout is a lot less certain about how that will go down.

"I don't really know what I'm going to do right now," said Rogers. "I'm just going to enjoy where I am."

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