Rogers Drops Miami, Talks LSU

Eli Rogers

LSU will get a visit from Florida wide receiver Eli Rogers, a one-time commitment to the Miami Hurricanes.

Miami-Northwestern wide receiver Eli Rogers committed to Randy Shannon and Miami in June, the first receiver to get on board with the Hurricanes in the class of 2011.

Last week, Rogers decided to open things back up.

“I just didn’t like how some things with their season were going, and I felt like it was best for me to look around and see if there aren’t some better opportunities for me,” he said. “I’m still going to look at Miami, I just need to see some other places too.”

Rogers now said he is considering LSU, Cincinnati, South Florida and Central Florida, and he hopes to take official visits to Cincinnati and LSU once his season ends.

“After my last game is when I will start taking some visits outside of Florida,” he said. “LSU is definitely on the list. I’m going to talk to coach (Billy) Gonzales again this week to feel out their take on things, but I’m sure it will be sometime in December or January.”

What makes the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder an even more intriguing prospect for LSU is Teddy Bridgewater, a five-star quarterback that could possibly follow Rogers – his high school teammate – to Baton Rouge. The two committed to Miami at the same time, and Rogers said that Bridgewater didn’t attempt to talk him out of his recent decision to jump ship.

Bridgewater will also visit LSU, likely on the same trip as Rogers.

“I can’t speak for how he is feeling, but I am definitely interested in finding out more about LSU to see if it’s a place that can work for me,” Rogers said. “I’ve watched games and seen that they have receivers who are big name guys that can make an impact. I know coach Gonzales says that they are moving in the right direction with bringing in talent, so I want to see more.

“As for Teddy, I just know that I want him to be my quarterback.”

Without an offer from LSU, the outlook on Rogers becoming a part of the class before signing day will depend on numbers – and Bridgewater’s tone. If the ever-cloudy quarterback situation sees any shot at landing Bridgewater, the press will likely also be put on Rogers, ranked by as the 63rd-best receiver in the country.

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