Trey Smith in 2017. Darnell Wright and Wanya Morris in 2019. Tennessee has landed their fair share of elite offensive line talent recently. Could they continue that trend with Justin Rogers in 2020? Even with the recent influx of talent, Tennessee still needs more immediate help at the position.
The 6-3, 311 pound Rogers could be the next piece of the offensive line rebuild in Knoxville. Despite Ohio State and Georgia being thought of as the leaders for Rogers, Tennessee has hung around in his recruitment.
This week recruiting analysts seem to be connecting some dots with Rogers and Tennessee. Following reports of Rogers taking his official visit to Knoxville this weekend, Tennessee picked up a couple of crystal ball projections for the five-star guard.
Tennessee is set to host at least five official visitors this weekend, headlined by the nation’s No. 10 overall prospect.— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) April 11, 2019
Huge visit weekend on Rocky Top for O&W Game...
5⭐️ DL Justin Rogers
4⭐️ WR EJ Williams
3⭐️ OL Cooper Mays
3⭐️ DE Deontae Craig
3⭐️ ATH Kitan Crawford
According to his timeline on 247 Sports, his last visit to Knoxville took place in November. During that same timeframe, Rogers saw Texas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan and Georgia. He’s seen Michigan twice this spring.
Rogers is the 23rd ranked prospect in the 2020 class and the top ranked guard in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He’s out of Oak Park, Michigan, which explains his visits with the Wolverines.
Another thing to consider here could be Rogers’ impact on the defensive side of the ball. He told Volquest that Tennessee has pitched him on the idea of potentially landing at defensive tackle in the future. “Tennessee has told me I could play both sides,” Rogers told Volquest. “They say I could just come in and figure it out.”
For a full look at Tennessee’s 2020 offensive line picture, check out Clint’s piece here.