Rogers fills need in many ways

Rogers fills need in many ways

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Rogers fills need in many ways

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By Will Vandervort.

By Will Vandervort

One of the best pickups by Clemson in the 2014 signing class was linebacker Korie Rogers. A four-star recruit from Flowery Branch, Ga., Rogers signed with Clemson despite having offers from Georgia, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina and Penn State.

“Korie Rogers was a big pick up for us,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.

Rogers was considered the best outside linebacker in the state of Georgia in 2013. A U.S. Army All-American, he was named First-Team All-State and Defensive Player of the Year as both a junior and as a senior in the state of Georgia.

“He is a football player. He is fast. He is explosive,” Swinney said. “He has great instincts for the position. He played different spots. He has played inside and he has played outside. He has great size and great growth potential.”

Rogers (6-2, 218) recorded more than 100 tackles and more than 20 tackles for loss in leading his high school—Buford High—to a 15-0 record and a state championship this past fall. One of those wins came against fellow Clemson signee Deshaun Watson and Gainesville High School.

As a junior, Rogers had 91 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks. He also grabbed four interceptions as Buford finished 14-1 and won the first of its back-to-back state championships.

“He loves to play. He loves to prepare to play,” Swinney said. “He is coming from Buford which is one of the best high school programs in the world. They do a fantastic job. He is a winner. He knows how to work.

“It will be hard to find a better guy than Korie Rogers.”

A top 100 player by many so-called experts, ESPN rated Rogers as the 14th best outside linebacker in the country.

Rogers is one of 13 five and four-star players signed by the Tigers in the 2014 class, a class Swinney believes will leave its mark at Clemson.

“This group is one of those years that you just enjoy (recruiting),” he said. “I don’t have any doubt that when it is all said and done, this will be one of the best groups that we have signed, if not the best group. It is simply because I think they are all dialed in and are all focused. Like these mid-year guys that are hear. They don’t look like freshmen. They don’t act like freshmen. They don’t walk around here like freshmen.

“I think that is indicative of this entire class. It is a very mature group and a very focused group. They knew what they wanted and wanted to be a part of the way we do things. They did not jump into their decisions on a whim. All of these guys did their research.”

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