In addition to SMU Mustangs tight end commit Cade Brewer, who picked up an offer from the Texas Longhorns on Sunday, there’s another player at the position on the radar of new head coach Tom Herman — Bay Saint Louis (Miss.) St. Stanislaus product Chase Rogers.
The 6’3, 238-pounder was under evaluation by former head coach Charlie Strong and his staff, prompting an unofficial visit from Rogers back in November for the West Virginia game.
Texas didn’t offer at the time, but Longhorns assistant coach Corby Meekins reached out to Rogers last week in an effort to set up an in-home visit, according to the Sun Herald.
Committed to Tennessee from early March until after visiting Austin, Rogers is still uncommitted and could use an official visit for a return to see Texas — according to his 247Sports profile, he hasn’t yet used any of his five official visits, though the Sun Herald reports that he did visit LSU after his decommitment.
If the Longhorns continue to show interest, Herman’s program has a solid chance to earn his signature.
“I think Texas is up there on top of my list,” Rogers told the Sun Herald. “Look at what they did at Houston in two years. I can only imagine what they can do at Texas in four years.”
Additionally, Rogers believes he fits well in Herman’s offense, which helped Tyler McCloskey catch 21 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns in the 2016 regular season.
Following Herman’s hire last week, a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction came in forecasting Rogers to Texas, even though he doesn’t yet hold an official offer.
A consensus three-star prospect, Rogers is the No. 386 player nationally, the No. 12 tight end, and the No. 10 player in Mississippi, according to 247Sports. The industry composite rankings compiled by the service have Rogers ranked much lower.
In looking at the testing results of Rogers from the 2015 New Orleans The Opening Regional camp, it’s understandable why 247Sports has Rogers has a near top-10 tight end — he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at the event at 228 pounds.
Rogers has strong ball skills as a wide receiver and is difficult to bring down, running with toughness and tackle-breaking ability. Interestingly enough, that’s not a result of playing private-school competition, as St. Stanislaus is a 4A school in Mississippi, despite its affiliation.
As a blocker, Rogers appears to work from the H-back position and shows some toughness and physicality in finishing plays. With his lack of ideal height for the tight end position, he’s likely an H-back in college, too.
Since Brewer maintained his commitment to SMU after picking up offers from the likes of Oklahoma and Texas A&M, it may be difficult for Texas to flip him on a limited timetable.
Throw in the fact that Rogers is already high on the Longhorns and he currently seems like the most likely tight end to join the 2017 Texas recruiting class if offered.