2020 athlete Jahari Rogers ready for Aggies to join high-profile offer list
Among the players in 2020 that have seen a sudden rise in notoriety with spring fast-approaching, Arlington athlete Jahari Rogers is one of the most intriguing.
Most of Rogers’ offers have come from programs that project him as a cornerback but his explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball is undeniable. Rogers was among the players invited to Texas A&M’s recent junior day Super Bowl party, but left without an offer. The indication being that the Aggies staff is still considering which side of the ball he could help them on the most.
While he waits for the coaches to sort that out, he left with some positive takeaways from his conversations with current A&M players.
“It was cool, but there were a lot of people there,” he said. “The players were cool, some of the guys that are there now were talking to me and they really like it. If they offer me, they can really be a contender too.”
Other teams haven’t hesitated in their decision to move on him. The day before arriving in College Station, he was in Norman, Oklahoma, visiting the Sooners, who are among other teams to recently offer. Just before his OU offer, he picked up Florida and since his visit to A&M, he’s added one from Texas.
“I got offers from two of my dream schools in Oklahoma and Florida; I was really hyped about that,” he said. “Texas is one of the biggest programs in Texas, popularity-wise, so it’s just an amazing feeling and I’m blessed.”
The Sooners have already given Rogers the impression that they would expect him to compete for playing time early on. As far as the Longhorns are concerned, he said that he’ll have a better idea of what their expectations are once he makes it out for a visit.
“Oklahoma wants to see me compete and they don’t like redshirting guys or anything like that,” he said. “[Texas] wants me to play corner and I’ve been talking to Coach Wash [Jason Washington]. I’ll understand more when I go out there.”
In the meantime, Rogers said that he’s established a bit of a quick rapport with A&M defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist. The Aggies landed commitments from two 2020 cornerbacks during the Super Bowl party, but certainly seem motivated to add more secondary talent to the 2020 class.
“[Linguist] is cool, he came out to my school and talked with me,” he said. “When I went out there he spoke with me about playing corner and I told him that I would … He’s a cool dude; he likes my style, he likes my speed, and I just want to keep in touch with him.”
Even though some programs have seemed ready to push more chips to the middle of the table on Rogers, many of his top offers are still fresh. He said that should the Aggies join the growing list of teams in play for him, he’ll seriously consider them.
“It's one of the best SEC schools,” he said of A&M. “When I went up there, the players spoke very highly of the program and Coach [Jimbo] Fisher is one of the best coaches on either side of the ball. So, they’re a top contender if they do offer me.”