This weekend the Florida Gators hosted several official visitors this past weekend on campus including several out of state visitors.
Cornerback Jahari Rogers (6-0, 170, Arlington, TX. High) was on campus and he got to see everything the Gators have to offer.
“It went really well, I liked it a lot,” Rogers said of his official visit to Florida this past weekend. “Really I got to see everything, I got to hang out with all the players and see their dorm rooms, see off campus living and then I went and did some stuff with my host. I got to talk to a lot of the players and really that’s the main thing you want to do on an official visit.”
The Gators coaching staff paired Rogers with another Texas native this weekend and he shared several things about Florida with the defensive back.
“Donovan Stiner was my host,” he said on who his player host was. “They put me with him since he’s from Texas too but he loves it down there and he said its really good competition there every day both on and off the field. He was just like it’s a brotherhood down there. It was great picking his brain and they gave me all the answers that I needed.”
Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray spent a lot of time with Rogers this past weekend and he explained to Rogers just why he wants him in Gainesville.
“I talk to Coach Gray all the time and he says he likes my size, speed and athleticism,” Rogers said of the message from Torrian Gray. “He likes what I can bring to the table and it’s DBU down there. He said that if he’s recruiting me then that means he really wants me and he says he wants me for a reason.”
Rogers has done his research on Gray and his coaching experience really helps the Gators for the defensive back.
“That’s like the main thing that sets them a part than anybody else in the country,” he said on if Gray’s experience is appealing to him.
Head coach Dan Mullen was also a big hit for Rogers during the trip as he and the rest of the coaching staff were honest with the defensive back during the trip.
“Coach Mullen is the chilliest dude ever and he’s a coach you want to be around,” Rogers said of Dan Mullen. “The coaching staff they don’t sell nothing fake, they’re going to be real with you, that’s what I like the most. They just laid down the facts and they didn’t put on a show for me.”
After this weekend, Rogers says the Gators helped themselves with the way the players acted and also the city of Gainesville was perfect for the defensive back.
“They really didn’t need no help, they’ve always been my favorite school growing up,” he said on if the visit helped Florida with him. “Texas is up there with them but this past weekend was just different with the way the players bond. Gainesville isn’t too big but isn’t too small either.”
Next up for Rogers is several official visits but right now only one visit is set in stone.
“I’m going to Texas on June 20-22nd for an official visit,” Rogers said on what’s next for him. “I might take an official visit to Georgia and Penn State before Texas and Tennessee too.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Rogers says he wants to make a decision before his senior year of high school and he says Florida will be in the mix when he makes a decision.