Ole Miss has been somewhat of a hot name for tight ends after Evan Engram blew up and was drafted by the New York Football Giants. Now, a former in-state product is coming back home to try and restore the legacy of the position. Former St. Stanislaus tight end and record-setting prospect Chase Rogers has announced that he will be leaving Louisiana and will be transferring to Ole Miss.
In two years at Louisiana, he has played in just 11 games, made eight catches for 85 yards and just one touchdown. The lack of production was due in large part to a foot injury that sidelined him for most of this first season in Lafayette.
The 2017 recruit ultimately chose the Ragin’ Cajuns over offers from Cal, Colorado State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Troy, Tulane, UAB, UTSA, and Wake Forest among others. The AL-MS All-Star selection had 61 receptions as a senior for 1,042 yards and 13 touchdowns in the Rock-a-Chaws run and shoot offense.
In fact, his career numbers are even more impressive, totaling 3,729 yards receiving and 44 touchdowns in four years, partnering up with now-LSU back-up quarterback Myles Brennan. Rogers’ yardage and touchdowns are both Mississippi records.
The three-star recruit was ranked as the No. 10 overall player in the Magnolia State and the No. 12 tight end in the nation by 247Sports.
As reported first by the Daily Journal’s Parrish Alford, Rogers will enroll for the fall semester and use 2019 to not only sit out due to transfer rules, but also to recover from a broken foot suffered during ULL’s fall camp.
In an article with The Advertiser earlier this summer, Louisiana head coach and former Alabama staffer Billy Napier told Tim Buckley all about Rogers and what he thinks about his skill set and style of play.
“Chase, he can do it all. He’s a utility player. He can stretch the field,” Napier said. “He’s a tough guy who does a great job with his technique.”
That’s a solid scouting report coming from one of the best talent evaluators in the country during his time with the Crimson Tide on Nick Saban’s staff.
Rogers won’t be eligible for the 2019 season but that’s just fine since the Rebels have Jason Pellerin and Octavious Cooley on the roster. Both are seniors and will be gone, leaving an open slot for Rogers or 2020 commit Demarcus Thomas. Also throw in the possible addition of four-star athlete Jeremiah Pegues and this position just went from a question mark to an absolute weapon in Rich Rodriguez’s offense.
Rogers is a capable target for Matt Corral, standing 6’4 and tipping the scales at 235-pounds so whether he is a slot tight end, an H-back, or a standard, hand in the dirt tight end, he will be an asset to the offense and will be a prime candidate to restore pride back in the position since Engram left for the NFL.