Following a recent spring workout, ESPN 150 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) sat with teammates and playfully joked, tossing barbs at four or five of his good friends and teammates.
When asked to crack jokes on 2015 offensive lineman Zach Rogers, Adams’ face changed and his tone lowered.
“That’s big Zach Rogers, and I have nothing bad to say,” Adams said. “Absolutely nothing.”
There’s tons of respect for one of Hebron’s youngest varsity players, but the respect is well deserved. Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound interior lineman, is considered one of the best offensive linemen of his class. His six BCS offers serve as proof.
Next week, Rogers will take his talents to Fayetteville, Ark., for Arkansas’ three-day camp. The Razorbacks are among the six teams to offer, and he has been interested in the team since first picking up an offer from them last July.
“I definitely like them; they were the first ones to offer me last summer,” Rogers said. “Right now, it’s like starting over with their new staff. I’m continuing to get to know them. That’s part of the reason why I take so many trips there.”
Rogers won’t truly confirm nor deny, but many feel Arkansas is the team to beat in his recruiting process. He also has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Baylor and UCLA. Rogers’ focus, however, hasn’t been on recruiting. He’s been worried about becoming a better lineman for his team in an effort to win a state championship.
Rogers’ potential was on display last week at a lineman challenge in Arlington, Texas. Rogers did 30 reps at 205 pounds in the bench press. His strength is one of many reasons why Adams refuses to comment negatively about Rogers, even jokingly.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s mean. He’s the man up front,” Adams said. “I’m glad he’s my teammate.”
Rogers said he doesn’t have a list of favorites yet, but he’s hoping to be an impact player at the Arkansas camp. Along with Arkansas, Rogers has made visits to Oklahoma, UCLA, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU and SMU.