January 21, 2009
Oklahoma State recruit to visit Ole Miss
North Little Rock defensive end Anthony Rogers has been committed to two schools already, but he wants to take one last trip just to make sure he's not missed anything in the recruiting process.
Rogers, a 6-foot-4, 235 pound athlete with 4.9 speed, got caught up in Mississippi State's early charge of amassing commitments last spring and committed to the Bulldogs in April. However, Rogers made a switch in warp speed once he found out that State had not retained fifth year head coach Sylvester Croom immediately after Ole Miss 45-0 win in the Egg Bowl.
Oklahoma State had been recruiting him while he was committed to State and Rogers made the change of schools on Dec. 1.
He took an official visit to Stillwater in early December and that seemed to solidify his commit.
"I like everything about Oklahoma State," Rogers said on Tuesday evening. "I like the coaches, the facilities, the players - everything."
However, even after giving that ringing endorsement to the Cowboys, Rogers said he was 99 percent sure he'd end up at Oklahoma State, but Ole Miss apparently has decided to explore that one percent chance.
"I've been talking with coach (James) Shibest and he's been wanting to get me down for a visit," Rogers said. "It's just to check out things, basically to just look at the campus and meet with the coaches."
Rogers, who received his offer from Ole Miss last May, said he's very familiar with Houston Nutt and his staff's accomplishments at Arkansas, but is less familiar with Ole Miss. Rogers said he may have caught the team a time or two on television last fall and knows they had a good season, but otherwise hasn't followed them.
Still, that and Shibest's efforts was enough to get Rogers committed to taking his official visit to Ole Miss, with plans for the trip to take place this weekend.
"I guess you could say the main thing is that I want to look at all of my choices," Rogers said. "I just want to be completely sure before I sign on Feb. 4.
One school that has not re-entered the picture is Mississippi State. Rogers said State and its new staff hasn't actively recruited him and he doesn't have any interest in the Bulldogs.
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