BEAVERTON, Ore. — LSU’s search for a quarterback in its 2018 recruiting has yet to yield a commitment.
More likely than not, the Tigers will not take a quarterback this cycle. However, they have refused to give up on one particular target.
Justin Rogers committed to TCU on May 31, but the 4-star dual-threat quarterback has continued to remain in touch with multiple members of the LSU coaching staff, including head man Ed Orgeron and area recruiter Steve Ensminger.
“I would not say I’ve been in touch, but they have been hitting me up,” Rogers said on Thursday at Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon.
“I wouldn’t say that I talk to them every day, but I still respect LSU, I still respect the program and all the fans. I never shut anybody out. I still have chances to talk to them and I will. I’m committed, but that (LSU) is still my hometown school. I still have pride in LSU. I have no beef or anything between us.”
Rogers is the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class and a top-60 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Despite being verbally locked in with the Horned Frogs, LSU and Oregon are the two schools continuing to court Rogers. North Carolina was — for a time — but has backed up since taking two quarterbacks.
The Tigers’ push for a 2018 quarterback has centered around flipping Rogers, with Orgeron making it a point that that is plenty of time between now and signing day.
“Anytime you talk to the head coach, you’re pretty much in good shape,” Rogers admitted. “They keep telling me to give them a call. They tell me that they’re not done and there’s time between now and signing day, which is true. It (my recruiting process) is not over. The recruiting process is not over until you sign on the dotted lines, so you don’t know really what can happen.”
While Rogers is not consistently talking with the LSU coaching staff, he is certainly intrigued by the Tigers’ chief pitch.
LSU has addressed multiple areas of need in its 2018 class: running back and defensive front, among them. However, the need for a quarterback is still transparent, which is hard for Rogers to overlook.
“Basically, what I have taken away from them calling me is that isn’t not over,” he said. “From what I’m understanding, I’m guessing that they’re not having the best quarterback situation. I don’t really have too much insight into what’s going on over there, but they want me to be that guy.”