Five-star Justin Rogers returns to Kentucky

Josh Helmholdt, Recruiting Analyst

Oak Park, Mich., five-star lineman Justin Rogers has been committed to Kentucky for six months. After a rocky first month, that commitment appears stronger than it has ever been. Rogers was back in Lexington this past weekend to watch to the Wildcats play host to Tennessee.

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THE LATEST

Even after announcing his commitment to Kentucky in mid-May, Rogers maintained he would continue looking at other schools. He took his fourth official visit of the recruiting process in June to Alabama after official visits to Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee were taken prior to his commitment announcement. Since then, however, Rogers has kept his focus pretty squarely on Kentucky. He made an unofficial game visit in September, and was back on campus in Lexington this past weekend. While visits to other schools are not being ruled out, Kentucky is still the priority for additional trips before the December Signing Period opens.

IN HIS WORDS

“I have to look at the schedule, see who they are playing, but I am definitely heading back down (to Kentucky). I was thinking about taking (other) visits, but I don’t know exactly what I am going to do.”

RIVALS’ REACTION

Rogers mentioned Florida as one of several schools still trying to get him to take his final official visit to their campus. Tennessee is also working to get the five-star back on its campus, but there has not been much significant movement with visits to other schools since the June trip to Alabama. The now appears likely that final official visit goes unused and Rogers signs with Kentucky next month. Rogers has been rated five-stars at both offensive guard and defensive tackle during his prep career. Defense is the focus now for both Rogers and Kentucky, but he is open to playing whatever position allows him to make an impact the earliest.

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