Nashville (Tenn.) David Lipscomb High wide receiver Austin Rogers had a number of reasons for committing to Tennessee. He grew up rooting for the Volunteers, it was close to home and he knew it would be a good fit for his interests and personality. Now he cites all those strengths as reasons why his pledge is firm.
“I’m sticking with Tennessee,” Rogers said. “I reviewed all my offers, and I always wanted to go to Tennessee. I knew it would be the right fit for me, and coach Adkins [Tight Ends coach Greg] and coach Fulmer [Head coach Phil] made sure that it was that way for me.”
To cement his decision, Rogers plans to make an official visit to Knoxville, and he said that he’s excited about his time there, and meeting some of the other prospects that will be on campus then as well.
“I’m going to take an official visit to Tennessee in early December, I think on the 3 or 4,” he said. “There’s a lot of other guys that are going to be there that weekend, and it’s going to be great to see everything. It’ll be a way to get familiar before I show up this summer. I’m going to try to move in sometime in July, and maybe I’ll get a class or two out of the way before the year starts.”
Describing himself as a “big, fast playmaker,” Rogers’ time at halfback has shown him a different view of the field, and he feels that his time running the ball may help his future as a receiver.
“I’ve been playing at halfback, now,” Rogers said. “I’m feeling comfortable there, and I’m still catching a few passes there and at receiver. We’re rolling along pretty well right now, we’re 9-1, and I think we can finish the regular season strong and put together a run in the playoffs.”