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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

True Buzz Athlete Jahari Rogers A True Corner

April 25, 2019

Many services list Jahari Rogers‍ as an athlete and it’s easy to understand why.

The 2020 Texas prospect leads his Arlington High School squad as quarterback after spending the early part of his career at wide receiver. The 6-foot, 180-pound junior would be an interesting prospect as a wideout, but all of his offers are as a cornerback and that isn’t a coincidence.

“He’s extremely explosive,” Joey Moss of True Buzz Athletics says. “He has those long arms and long arms. A lot of people understand, ‘Oh yeah, he can be an elite corner at the next level.’”

True Buzz has played Rogers at quarterback in some emergency situations while working him in at receiver at times as well.

“You’d be foolish not to use him on both sides,” Moss admits.

But Rogers has considered himself a cornerback since the start of his recruiting process.

“He’s probably one of the most underrated DBs in the nation,” Moss says. “He’s noticed as an athlete, but people don’t really understand his skills at defensive back. I think he’s way under the radar because people just haven’t seen him and don’t understand. He’s probably one of the more elite guys at that position.

“They need him at QB and they ended up going 12-1 with him at QB last year, so it was actually a successful move for both parties. He’s fortunate he didn’t get labeled as a guy who was an ATH without a true position who didn’t know what he wanted to play. He knew from jump that he wanted to be a defensive back at the next level.”

Moss believes Rogers’ understanding of his future has helped him with colleges.

“That’s probably what has propelled his recruitment,” says Moss. “He knew what he wanted to be at the next level. He’s one of those players who will say, ‘You can put me anywhere for the team’s sake.’ But he always knew when coaches would ask. Coaches would say, ‘We project you as this…we see you as this. What would you want to be?’ He always knew and most of the time they projected him at corner anyway, so it worked out.”

So, while Rogers may be under the radar in terms of national publicity, but colleges have taken notice and he recently added Notre Dame to an offer sheet that already included schools like Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Miami, TCU and others.

“That was a big offer for him,” Moss says of the Irish offer. “I don’t know when, but he said he was going to try to set up an OV to get there.

“He was pretty excited about that. It’s one of the most prestigious offers he has. He has big offers like Texas, LSU, Miami and Florida and these other places. But as far as a prestigious program, a storybook program, other than his OU offer, I’d say Notre Dame is the offer that has the best chance of being a championship contender. That’s big for him because he wants to play for a program that has the opportunity to play for a natty. That’s his main thing. He wants to play for championships, that’s what he said.”

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