The class of 2005 is one of the deepest classes in quite sometime in the state of Tennessee. All across the board the Volunteer State is producing high level college prospects. One prospect that has not been talked about as much as some of the others is Nashville (Tenn.) David Lipscomb wide receiver Austin Rogers.
“I know that I am a sleeper,” said Rogers. “I mean I have Patrick Turner in my back yard. I went to the NIKE camp down at LSU and I think that is really when I had the chance to show what I could do.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Rogers had the fastest 40-yard dash time among wide receivers and the third fastest overall, running it in 4.41 seconds.
“There have been a lot of schools in here talking to my coach. I don’t have any offers yet, but I think I am getting close. Georgia told my coach that they might be close to offering. Tennessee, Marshall and Vanderbilt all said the same thing.”
Rogers attended the NIKE camp at LSU and plans to attend team camps at Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Vanderbilt over the summer.
“My top schools are Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Marshall and Alabama. My top school right now is probably Georgia.
Georgia is recruiting me harder than anyone right now. I think they could be close to offering. It is a good school that has good academics. I really like their style of offense and right now they are a national powerhouse.”
As a junior Rogers caught 32 passes for 1,179 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had nine interceptions on defense.
“One of the main things I will look at is the style of offense a school runs. I will also look at the coach’s contract and where he stands, because I want him to be there as long as I am there. I would like to stay in the Southeast if at all possible.”
In a game in his junior season Rogers squared off against the heralded Turner and had more yards receiving in fewer catches than did Turner. He also picked off a pass intended for Turner in the game.
“I thought going to the NIKE camp was big for me. I think I proved that I am as fast as anyone and that I could play with anyone out there. It really helped get me as a player out there I think.”
He attended spring games at Auburn, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.