Nation’s top junior OG Justin Rogers says UGA is ahead of Ohio State
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Justin Rogers was in Athens this weekend, too.
He was one of many 5-star prospects who walked around on a red carpet weekend.
The nation’s No. 1 OG prospect for 2020 (per the 247Sports composite) returned for another visit. The Michigan native was also at G-Day earlier this year, too.
Rogers sent out a most intriguing tweet Sunday night in the midst of all those commitments that were also revealed.
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) July 29, 2018
The genesis of the sentiment expressed in that tweet can be traced back to G-Day on April 21. Rogers told DawgNation on Sunday that was when things began to click between him and the Bulldogs.
That is highly interesting given what the often-cited 247Sports “Crystal Ball” feature currently offers up. There are 14 predictions for Rogers. All 14 predict that he will be an Ohio State Buckeye.
That seemed like a pretty good question to ask Rogers on Sunday. What does that “we family” tweet actually mean? That’s when he said UGA is his current leader.
“Right now I’m probably leaning towards Georgia,” Rogers said. “It is a good school.”
He said the Bulldogs have led for him since right after his spring game trip. That’s where he joined a crowd of about 85,000 fans for a glorified spring scrimmage.
Rogers took all of that in and started to ponder his future in Athens.
“Yes, that’s pretty much it,” he said.
What stands out to him about the way the Bulldogs recruit him?
“Coach Pittman just keeps it real with me,” Rogers said. “There is a whole lot of stuff I like about him and Georgia and how he is able to communicate with me and keep it real and on my level. … He just tells me what is right with me and wrong with me. He really cares about how I carry myself the right way as a young man.”
The Oak Park High School standout said he is currently about 6 feet, 3 inches and will tip the scales at 295 pounds.
He cannot enroll early. Rogers said he even plans to sign during the late period in February of 2020.
“I’m going to sign in my senior year on the last signing day during that last signing day,” he said.
This weekend marked his third trip to Athens.
“This weekend was probably my best visit,” he said. “It was funny. We really just talked a lot about academics this time. We didn’t even talk a whole lot about football.”
How Justin Rogers compares UGA with Ohio State
His favorite moment from Georgia’s “The Reveal” wasn’t really anything to sauce up a headline with.
“It was really nothing special,” he said. “It was just getting another really good chance to be around and hang out with the Georgia coaches.”
How close is it between Georgia and Ohio State?
“It is really between Ohio State and Georgia for me right now,” he said. “I’d give Ohio State a 50 percent and then Georgia an 80 percent there.”
Don’t read too much into that math. That’s the way Rogers looks at it. It does allow for some unique interpretations, but he clarified what that actually meant.
He was asked if that was how close Georgia and Ohio State were to becoming the school he attends on a scale of 1-to-100. Georgia scores an “80” on that scale. The Buckeyes are currently at 50 on that metric.
“That’s how I look at it,” he said.
The nation’s No. 14 overall prospect sized up what sets those two programs apart for him right now.
“The good things I like about Georgia would be that there are good people all around you and they surround you with the best of the best in terms of facilities,” he said. “The one good thing I like about Ohio State is they have a good winning program in the Big Ten.”
Rogers said one way the Bulldogs have been able to create some separation is he has seen a lot of momentum around the program. That’s in recruiting, the recent facility upgrades and also the strides the Bulldogs made on the field last season.
“The thing with Georgia thought is it really seems like they are coming for that No. 1 spot right now in a lot of ways,” he said.
Rogers has taken significantly more trips to Ohio State. The Bulldogs have still been able to hold his interest.
“It has really just been communicating with them on a daily basis,” Rogers said. “Just talking to them all the time. They line up with what I want to find on an academic basis, too. They also have a whole lot of support here.”
Rogers was impressed by the talent he saw commit to Georgia over the weekend.
“It was exciting,” he said. “They’ve really got some top guys coming in and I want to surround myself with top guys like that and the best of the best.”
The academic profile at UGA will mesh with what Rogers is looking for. He hopes to major in either communications or sports medicine at his future school.
Justin Rogers could be another No. 1 OG at UGA
Georgia signed Netori Johnson in 2017. Johnson was the nation’s No. 6 guard back then. The Bulldogs then revved up their efforts at the OG spot by signing the nation’s No. 1 guard (Jamaree Salyer) and the nation’s No. 2 guard (Trey Hill) for 2018.
It is not likely that the Bulldogs will sign an offensive guard in 2019. That will open up a strong signing window to bring in an elite talent like Rogers in 2020.
Rogers got the chance to speak with Salyer this weekend.
“I spoke to him and the whole offensive line yesterday,” Rogers said on Sunday night.
His highlight reel lists him as an OL/DL prospect. That mirrors what Pittman has told him about where he might fit in at Georgia.
“He likes my game and says that I can play both ways,” Rogers said. “He said he’s never seen a guy like me with the ability to play at a high level on both sides of the ball and feels my game can definitely be used those ways at Georgia.”
He’s uncertain about which side of the ball he would rather focus on in college. Rogers just likes the fit right now in Athens.
“Georgia just feels like it might be the spot for me,” Rogers said. “It feels comfortable and it could be my home for real.”
His family was also in town to check out Georgia this week.
“My mom said she really likes Georgia and really likes the fit,” he said.
The 5-star prospect sounds very bullish on a future in Athens. That’s remarkable considering he has yet to see a regular season game in Sanford Stadium. At least not yet. He plans to remedy that this fall.
“But man G-Day was just crazy,” he said.
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