Earlier this year, we saw Kansas go into Louisiana, and raid the Bayou state, as the Jayhawks landed multiple commitments from some of the state’s top talent. That effort didn’t go unnoticed by the rest of the Big 12, as many teams followed suit by reaching out to the top players in Louisiana. TCU just became the most recent case of a Big 12 team successfully pulling a player out of SEC country, as the Horned Frogs landed a commitment from one of the best quarterbacks in the country, Justin Rogers.
— Justin Rogers (@_justinrogers) May 31, 2017
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Rogers had been planning to commit today (his birthday) for a while, though his decision hadn’t been made until very recently. Despite late rumblings that the in-state Tigers had flipped the momentum, and would be the choice for Rogers, those rumors were largely overblown. TCU took the lead for Justin after he visited in early April, and while Matt Canada certainly put up a fight, the fit at TCU just made too much sense for Rogers to go anywhere else.
Rogers is an enormous get for Gary Patterson and the TCU staff, and it really can’t be understated it is for TCU to secure this commitment. Rogers is the first quarterback in TCU’s 2018 class (he will be the only quarterback), and the seventh commitment overall. His commitment doesn’t just help short-term though. He wants to be a leader for the class, and has a number of guys he wants to bring with him to Fort Worth, with the most notable target being five-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr, a teammate of Rogers at Parkway High School. Marshall and Rogers are very close, and his recruitment could get very interesting because of this commitment.
Rogers chose TCU over offers from pretty much every top team in college football, including Baylor, Georgia, Miami, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and obviously LSU. He’s one of the top quarterbacks in the country, and the amount of interest he attracted reflects his absurd amount of talent.
On the field, Rogers is the real deal, and could be an absolute star in TCU’s system. At 6-foot-4, he has excellent size for a quarterback, and he pairs it with the kind of athleticism you’d expect out of a wide receiver or running back. He doesn’t have blazing speed (4.76 40 time), but he has excellent vision, and he loves to make defenders look silly with his ability to juke. His ability to run isn’t the most impressive thing about Justin though, that distinction goes to his arm, and more specifically, his arm strength. To put it simply, Rogers has one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen on a high school quarterback, and can make every single throw on the field.
It might be a few years before Rogers is the starter in Fort Worth (though he’ll be in the thick of things for the starting job after Kenny Hill is gone), but once he gets the keys, there’s really not a ceiling for what he could become. TCU fans should be very excited about this kid, and fans of every other Big 12 teams should be very concerned. His ceiling comparison is another quarterback that came from the heart of SEC country out of high school, Cam Newton.