May 10, 2013

How close is Rogers?

BUFORD - Buford linebacker Korie Rogers has been recruited heavily for over a year now, but no one can accuse him of letting it all go to his head.

The 6-foot-2, 220 pound linebacker has never put his recruitment first as his constant focus has been his current team, the Buford Wolves.

Rogers helped lead the Wolves to a state championship in 2012 despite a great deal of adversity throughout the year.

Now, as a senior leader in 2013, not much has changed for the Rivals100 prospect.

The team still comes first.

"Right now I'm just trying to keep up with my team and get us through spring practice," Rogers said. "I'm just focusing on next year and hoping to do even better than we did last year. We just want to get a great start to the season and win another state championship."

After spring practice ends Rogers will have a break where he can turn his focus to his recruitment, but even when that happens his goal will be to put an end to it all before his senior season starts.

"I'm probably going to end it soon and make my final decision in the early summer or middle of the summer or sooner, probably in July sometime, but the latest would be August 1," he said.

Rogers says that he has narrowed things down to three teams in Clemson, Georgia, and Tennessee, and that it is a "toss up" between those three schools.

He also has a reason for why he is so high on all three programs.

• Clemson - "It is just a good atmosphere and somewhere I fit in as a player. They play fast and I love Death Valley."

• Georgia - "It is close to home and I've always been a Bulldog fan. Then the atmosphere there and in Athens is just great. I love it."

• Tennessee - "I like how much they need me and it is a really cool place."

Relationships are crucial in recruiting and Rogers says that when it comes to building a bond with coaches, the strongest could be with an assistant on the Georgia staff.

"The coach I have gotten the closest with is Coach (Kirk) Olivadotti," Rogers said. "I have a great relationship with him and he is a laid back coach but is a great coach. That is what I like about him. I also talk to Mark Richt a lot."

The plan for Rogers and his family is to visit each campus at least once before me makes a decision, and as he does so, the four-star linebacker feels he has a solid grasp of what will help make his mind up.

"Where I fit in the most," he said when asked what would be the biggest factor in his decision. "I'm looking for a place where I feel like I fit."

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