West Virginia isn’t exactly a fertile recruiting ground. Only two recruits in the entire state are ranked, and one of them, defensive tackle Dante Stills is being heavily recruited to play for the Mountaineers. With that serious lack of in-state talent, West Virginia and its coaching staff consistently has to get very creative on the recruiting path to succeed. We’ve seen them recruit JUCOs, transfers, Ohio, Illinois, and pretty much anywhere else that they can find players that the top teams in the ACC and Big 10 overlooked. Now, they’ve reaching into SEC country for an aggressive defender (the patented Patrick Mayhorn approach to recruiting), and landed Valdosta cornerback Jayce Rogers.
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Rogers is the 12th commitment in West Virgina’s 2018 class, and the first defensive back. West Virginia holds commitments from players in nine different states (Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas). He’s the second recruit from Georgia, along with Richmond Hill wide receiver Sam James, a player that Rogers will likely become very familiar with in Morgantown, as they’ll likely face off frequently in practice.
Rogers picked West Virginia over USF, Appalachian State, Colorado State, Iowa and Tulane. Cornerbacks coach Doug Belk was the primary and basically only recruiter of both Rogers and Sam James. Belk hails from Valdosta, and serves as West Virginia’s ace recruiter in the south. The former Valdosta State cornerbacks coach and Alabama graduate assistant is one of West Virginia most valuable coaches, and may deliver a number of down south recruits to West Virginia in the 2018 recruiting class, if everything goes according to plan. Keep an eye on West Virginia, because they could finish with an extremely impressive class
On the field, Rogers fits the mold of an aggressive, athletic defender that we see come out of SEC country so frequently. He’s small in stature, but plays like the biggest player on the field at any given time. He runs a 4.5 forty time, and hits like a linebacker. He’s raw, as most cornerbacks his age are, and will need a lot of work on his coverage techniques. The raw athleticism and talent is absolutely there, and if he develops like he could, you’ll be hearing about Jayce Rogers on Sundays. His ceiling comparison is Antoine Winfield.