Casey Rogers returned to Tuscaloosa for the second time this year after visiting Alabama for camp this past summer where he worked out as a defensive end, linebacker and tight end.
Rogers, a 3-star prospect from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms School, took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend. He has seen his recruitment interest skyrocket this month. Ohio State hosted him on an official visit last weekend before Alabama did this week. Arizona State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Penn State are some of the other schools who have started to recruit Rogers.
What makes Rogers an intriguing prospect is his versatility. He left Tuscaloosa without an offer, but it sounds like one could be coming down the road after the early signing period wraps up at the end of this week.
“Let’s just say that the next month will be pretty crazy for me,” Rogers told SEC Country. “I’m expecting good news.”
As far as what position Rogers would be offered at remains unclear. He has the ability to play defensive end, linebacker and tight end. Defensive end seems like the likeliest position for Rogers to get offered at considering the team’s needs at the position.
“That’s one thing that I do have going for me that I can play a couple of different positions,” Rogers said. “I think it will all come down to what these schools need and how they want to use me.”
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect was once committed to Syracuse to play lacrosse where his father was an assistant coach on the staff. After getting late football offers from Western Michigan and West Virginia in last year’s recruiting cycle, Rogers decided to take a post-grad year at a boarding school where he could focus solely on football.
“A school like Syracuse, which is where I was committed to, is kind of like the Alabama of lacrosse,” Rogers said. “It was a tough situation for me. I had to do a lot of thinking. Football just gives me a feeling I don’t get when I play lacrosse. I love lacrosse, but I think football is in my heart. I just feel like there’s nothing better than playing football. I feel like I’m on top of the world when I’m playing. You just have to do what your heart tells you to do. That was the deciding factor for me.”
Rogers won’t make his commitment until February because he expects to receive more scholarship offers in the coming weeks. But, if he did get one from Alabama, Rogers said it would be a tough decision for him to turn down the opportunity.
“Obviously, a school like Alabama, you go there to win championships,” Rogers said. “Alabama is also a great school and has a combination of both great academics and football, and that’s intriguing to me. I don’t have a list of top schools at the moment just because I’m still weighing what options I’ll have. They’re Alabama, though. They would obviously be in consideration.”