Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.) has been a solid commitment to USC since the spring, but a recent official visit to Arizona State has him giving the Sun Devils a serious look.
Rogers took an official visit to USC two weeks ago and was in Tempe this past weekend.
“It was a really good trip,” Rogers said. “I learned a lot about ASU, a lot of things I didn’t know about the program football wise and academically. The academic support you get at ASU is very strong and you have to either be really lazy or want to fail if you don’t pass your classes there. They have a nice system of accountability and offer 24/7 support for the athletes when you need it.
“I like the new coaching staff and everyone was raving about what a big change they have already made with the program. They broke down the offense and playbook for me and showed what kind of system they plan to run. It’s going to be a fast paced offense and they’ll put the ball in the air a lot. One thing about a new staff is everyone starts out equal. So even the true freshman that come in have as good a chance to play as the seniors since everyone is learning a new system.”
Rogers said his relationship with the five players visiting from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly also played a role in his enjoyable visit.
“I know all those guys really well and basically grew up with a few of them,” Rogers said. “Me and Randall Goforth are best friends, and I’ve known Richard Smith and Matt Rowe since we were all young and playing Pop Warner together. Those guys are going to ASU but they weren’t really trying to recruit me or anything like that, they know this will be my decision.
“The biggest factor for me in my decision is where can I play right away. USC already has Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, and at ASU I think I can make an impact right away. Distance from home won’t play a role but just my overall comfort level at the school is important. Right now, I’m still solid with USC but I’m giving ASU a hard look. This is going to be a hectic week for me, and if signing day was today, honestly, I couldn’t decide. I wouldn’t be able to sign.”
Rogers said ASU head coach Todd Graham will be coming for a home visit Thursday and USC will be Friday with coaches Kennedy Polamalu and Ted Gilmore. The receiver said he’s not taking any visits this weekend but will spend the time at home to make a final decision by Signing Day.