The Huskers hosted seven official visitors from around the country last weekend. The program hasn’t hosted many inside linebackers this month but hosted a pair June 18 weekend. One of those linebackers was Texas 3-star Dylan Rogers.
Rogers (6-2, 205) has been talking to Nebraska since early May when the team offered him. The Huskers moved quickly to build a relationship with the defender. Running backs coach Bryan Applewhite, inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander all convinced him to take the official visit.
“I wanted to go out there since we’ve been talking about it a lot,” Rogers said. “Then when I went out there they impressed me a lot. Like I thought it was gonna be like some cornfields. I didn’t think it was gonna be much of anything but it’s a great place to be.”
Wanted to say thank you to the whole Nebraska coaching staff/organization for having my family and I out this weekend for my official visit. It was an AMAZING experience!!!! @HuskerFBNation @coach_frost @CyWoodsFB212 #GBR ☠️🎈 pic.twitter.com/hcnUuLA046
— Dylan Rogers (@drogers041) June 20, 2022
Rogers got to take the tour of the facilities at Nebraska and go through all the different meetings. The defender was able to attend Friday Night Lights to see up close how Ruud coaches. He met with several coaches but one of the highlights was hanging out with his host, Ernest Hausmann. The two spent a lot of time together over the visit weekend.
“I liked that a lot,” Rogers said. “Ernest showed me around and he answered some of the questions that I had about the team and I really liked that.”
One thing about Nebraska that stands out for Rogers is that so many coaches reach out to him. Being recruited by Applewhite, Ruud and Chinander reminds him of a saying that his parents have instilled in him. They mention it a lot throughout the recruiting process.
“I feel like I’m wanted by the school,” Rogers said. “My mom and my dad always taught me to go where you’re wanted not where you are tolerated. So, I feel like I’m wanted at Nebraska.”
His time in a one-on-one meeting with Ruud showed him that the Huskers are making him a priority. Rogers had a lot of questions for Ruud about Nebraska’s defense. The coach was more than willing to answer them all while showing Rogers how he could be featured with the Huskers. After each day of the visit, Rogers would gather with his parents to review the events of the day and everyone agreed the Huskers were doing a great job.
Rogers also liked that Nebraska has several coaches that spent time in the NFL as a player or coach. It’s a nice bonus that Nebraska has coaches that played for the Huskers including Ruud which gives the team something unique.
The Texan would like to pick a school sometime this summer. He has an official visit coming up to Missouri and may take an unofficial visit to Texas. Rogers did note that the Huskers are on top in his recruitment right now.
“I’m looking for a school that feels like a second home, honestly,” Rogers said. “Somewhere I feel the vibe with the coaches and I want to feel wanted too. I don’t want to go somewhere that I’m just tolerated, but where I’m wanted. I want to feel that good vibe with the coaches and the players throughout the organization.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.