While there has been optimism in Lexington for some time that it would happen, five-star guard Justin Rogers shocked the college football world on Monday by announcing his commitment to the University of Kentucky.
Rogers is the No. 10 player in the country in the 2020 class according to Rivals, and he is ranked as the No. 1 offensive guard. Rogers is the easily the biggest recruit to come to Kentucky during the Mark Stoops era, and potentially the top player in the modern era.
With Rogers’ commitment, the Kentucky Wildcats are now ranked No. 22 in the 2020 class rankings according to Rivals, despite only having five committed players. Rogers joins Beau Allen, John Young, Andru Phillips, and Lamar Goods to kick off what could be the best signing class in decades at Kentucky.
At 6-2.5, 311 pounds, he has the physical potential to step in and find time in the rotation immediately. And if he develops as expected, he could anchor the offensive line for several years. However, Rogers is also a stud defensive lineman and could wind up playing there at some point in college if guard doesn’t work out.
Kentucky really gained momentum in Roger’s recruitment over the last month, just before he named his final five of the Wildcats, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Tennessee Volunteers. Although, there was a great deal of doubt cast when he added the Alabama Crimson Tide to his final list within a few days of that announcement.
However, Mark Stoops and his staff held on to secure the biggest recruit of their tenure. Major props to Steven Clinkscale as the lead recruiter that brought Rogers down from Michigan, with hat tips to Stoops and Vince Marrow as well.
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Here is the 247 Sports scouting report of Rogers:
Thickly-built prospect. Not as tall as some elite-level linemen, but has longer arms and a low center of gravity. Has been a dominant player at the high school level. Explosive, strong, and blocks to the whistle. Great finisher. Also shows his athleticism on defense where he can play in space at his size and has done a good job as a pass-rusher in camps. As an offensive lineman, he has a great base and strong punch in pass protection. Also has the athleticism to mirror. Does not show glaring weaknesses. Future success will come down to continuing to polish all parts of his game and developing from a strength and conditioning standpoint. Can compete very early in college and has high-impact potential. Might be able to play tackle even though he does not have the classic build for that spot. Long-term potential is highest as a guard.
NFL comparison: Patriots guard Isaiah Wynn
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