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5-star Justin Rogers talks Vols and recruitment

Oak Park, Michigan offensive lineman Justin Rogers visited Tennessee twice in recent months. He's coveted by all the top programs in and country, but there is just something about Tennessee that peaks his interest.

"They have coaches there that I have good relationships with," Rogers said. "I like Coach Pruitt, coach Weinke and just the overall staff. I have a good relationship with coach Chaney and I like how he does as the offensive coordinator."

Tennessee continues to try and retool the offensive line. It was a priority in 2019 and will be so again in 2020.

"I want to play around other great players and I want competition," Rogers said. "I feel like I can play anything on the field. I think I bring a lot to the table."

Rogers could play just about anywhere on the offensive line, but if you ask him, he is best suited for anywhere on the field.

"I like defense," Rogers said. "I'm real explosive and I don't take reps off. Tennessee has told me I could play both sides. They say I could just come in and figure it out."

Rogers has plenty of interest from southern schools. In fact, most of his top schools are down south, which is why Tennessee, Georgia and others have him engaged in their sales pitch.

"I just want to get out of the midwest," Rogers said. "All of those schools have something different to offer and they have made me a priority."

Joining those schools is LSU, Alabama, Clemson, and Auburn.

Rogers has a firm grip on his recruitment.
Rogers has a firm grip on his recruitment. (Nick Lucero/

Rogers was in Orlando earlier this month for the Future 50 showcase of underclassmen. It was an important setting to show what he's made of.

"I did really good," Rogers said. "I did a lot of defense. I wanted to show everyone I could play defense. That was important to me. It drives me to show I can play on either side."

And when Rogers sits down to figure out his recruitment later this year, his number one factor will be finding a place that he can make an impact.

"I'm looking at a place that I can see the field early," Rogers said. "I want to play three years in college That's important to me," ranks Rogers as a 5-star offensive lineman in the class of 2020.