Posted: 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013
OLB Korie Rogers (6'2, 218lbs, 4.68 40), the #2 OLB nationally according to Rivals, committed to Clemson over UGA tonight. Rogers is currently rated the #4 player in the state of Georgia and the #52 player in the nation. He had numerous offers, namely Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, and Nebraska, but this was a CU/UGA battle pretty much the whole time, mainly because of the distance factor.
Rogers was visiting Clemson today, with several other blue-chip prospects. I had been told previously that Rogers was ours and that UGA had fallen out of the picture, so this was expected, but not quite so soon.
"I'm a Clemson Tiger. It's the best fit for me. It's a small town like where I come from. They have a crazy football atmosphere. I love the coaches. They can not only help me become a better player but also a better person. When I leave this university I know I will be successful."
Rogers is rated a 4-star OLB, and I think its definitely legit. On the film he plays like a linebacker should. He's a violent hitter like Clemson used to have on defense, and he just makes plays. He's fairly good in coverage with great ball skills. He excels at the hit & shed, tackles well and wraps up, and blitzes similarly to Teek Townsend in HS. He also does a good job of staying lower in his base. The only slight nick against him is outright speed and hip flexibility needs work, so this is a guy more suited to Zone coverage than Man2Man. I could see him playing SAM or MIKE at the next level. I don't think he's quite suited to the WILL position to start out, but the second ILB spot in Nickel (MAC) is a likelihood.
His grades are also legit, so no worries there.
Clemson is likely to take 3, possibly 4 LBs in this class, which would put us over the numbers at the position next year. Chris Register is already projected and we're in great standing with Raekwon McMillan and Joseph. He was recruited primarily by Tony Elliott, with Brent Venables' assistance.
As a junior, Rogers recorded over 100 tackles to go with 12 sacks, 30 tackles for loss and seven interceptions helping Buford win the state championship.