Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss how LSU can surpass TCU as the leading school for Louisiana’s top quarterback, Justin Rogers.
NEW ORLEANS — Justin Rogers‘ top three of TCU, LSU and North Carolina is listed in order. But will that ring true through the end of April?
The Horned Frogs are the early leader for Louisiana’s No. 1 quarterback largely because of Rogers’ longstanding relationship with offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie. His offer also came early in his recruitment.
The 4-star dual-threat prospect is coming off a visit to Fort Worth, Texas, for TCU’s spring came, which he said went well and showed him more of the same. More of the same may bode well for TCU’s chances of staying in the lead for Rogers, but the change coming through LSU leaves the possibility of a new No. 1 team by the end of the month.
Rogers, the nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback and No. 4 overall recruit in Louisiana, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, has been in daily communication with the LSU coaching staff, including head man Ed Orgeron, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and area recruiter Steve Ensminger. Together, the trio of Tigers coaches have ramped up talks with Rogers and his entire family leading into an all-important visit for the spring game on April 22 when the Elite 11 invitee can see firsthand what changes are taking place on offense.
“They’re showing me that it’s explosive, but I have to see it for myself in person,” Rogers told SEC Country. “I’m going there for the spring game and there’s going to be a big emphasis to see what they do then. That could be a big jump most definitely. If they throw for 400, 500 yards, or even to see them in the shotgun, spread, they’ve got unlimited weapons. To get it out to those guys would be big.”
Rogers receives daily text messages from various LSU coaches, but he isn’t the only recipient. The staff has heeded his wishes and is interacting with different members of his family, including his parents — and even his grandmother.
While the subjects vary, the effort is consistent. Louisiana pride, offensive changes and the chance to anchor the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class headline LSU’s push to catch the Horned Frogs.
“They’re getting closer,” said Rogers, when asked about LSU’s position behind TCU. “I hear from Coach O, Coach Canada and Coach E every day. They’re talking to me, to my family, to my mom and dad and even my grandparents. They want me to lead Louisiana and lead LSU. They’re telling me that the offense is looking well, that in the scrimmage they threw for 400 yards. They want me to lead their class and hopefully bring LSU the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.”
Rogers is tentatively planning a June commitment, so LSU’s spring game represents an all-important date on his calendar. In a way, it would be a chance for the Tigers coaching staff to cash in on all of the promises made to the state’s top quarterback.
The return trip to Baton Rouge later this month represents the third stop for Rogers after spending time at North Carolina in March and TCU this past weekend. It also marks the third visit to LSU this spring after attending “Boys From The Boot” in February and spending part of national junior day taking in the spring scrimmage in March.
If LSU can seize the lead, Rogers plans on following the coaches’ suggestions of anchoring the class. That means doubling his responsibilities of being a quarterback and lead recruiter for LSU, potentially, helping to reel in some of the state’s top uncommitted offensive recruits.
“That’s a big thing for me once I commit,” Rogers explained. “That’s the goal — to get Slade Bolden, to get Ja’Marr Chase and get Terrace Marshall and all of those guys with me. Hopefully, we could take over the school and bring a national championship to the school.”
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