September 2, 2012

Rogers asserting himself



ELBERTON - Buford linebacker Korie Rogers is quietly asserting himself as one of the top players in Georgia for the 2014 class.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound defender already has seven early offers, and that was before the 2012 fall evaluation period.

Rogers' Buford Wolves took on the Elbert County Blue Devils on Friday in the Granite Bowl, and the game, at least for the junior linebacker, was a mixed bag.

"I feel like I did pretty good. In the second half, unfortunately I got some cramping issues I have to get rid of, and that kept me out in the second half. For the most part, in the first half, I feel like I helped my team," said Rogers. "I caused a turnover. I had a couple of big plays in the backfield that kind of changed the momentum of the game."

Although having to sit out the second half put a damper on things for the 2014 standout, Rogers believes the game, as a whole, will turn out to be a springboard for the Wolves' 2012 season.

"It's a great start for us. That was a huge win, and that's a great team. As you know they have Tyshon Dye at running back who is going to Clemson," he said. "It was just great for us, being a young team, to come out here and show what we are made of and not back down."

At present, Rogers and his Buford teammates are spending six and sometimes seven days a week in practice and film sessions, and there has been little time to focus on recruiting.

According to Rogers, however, one team - his father's favorite team according to an interview with UGASports earlier in the summer - is recruiting him the hardest.

"I would say Georgia," he said. "They are probably recruiting me the hardest right now."

At this point in the process, the star junior has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, ECU, and Penn State, and more are sure to come in bunches.

Despite the number of offers and schools showing interest, Rogers isn't ready to say what he is looking for in a team because he has a different focus for the time being.

"I honestly have no clue. I just have to see what they have out there," said Rogers. "Right now I'm just trying to get through this with Buford, and take my team to a state championship."

Buford, after three straight state title wins over Calhoun, lost to the Yellow Jackets in the Georgia Dome 27-24 in overtime to end the 2011 season.

That loss, at least for Rogers, is one that hasn't been easy to shake, and he wants a state title now more than ever.

"It's unbelievable (desire to win a state championship)," he said. "Last year, that taste in the Dome was ridiculous. We have to get one this year."

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