Rogers keeping his options open

Darreus Rogers

Rogers isn't bothered by scholarship reductions facing USC, but Arizona State, Hawaii and Washington remain in play.

Since committing to USC in January, Carson (Calif.) wide receiver Darreus Rogers has been more than upfront about his intent to take official visits this fall.

However, Rogers has been less clear about what that means for the strength of his pledge to the Trojans, continuing that trend this past weekend at the AIGA Memorial Day 7-on-7 Tournament.

"The options are still open," Rogers said. "I still want to take my trips and my visits and all that, but it is a soft verbal."

Asked to explain what that means to him, Rogers said, "A soft verbal is a soft verbal.

"That means I'm still going to keep my options open. I can't sign until I'm a senior, so I'll keep all my options open."

Rogers intends to visit Arizona State, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington this fall, but will also see Tempe, Honolulu and Seattle unofficially this summer.

Those three programs continue to recruit Rogers aggressively, and he said they remain under consideration.

The Warriors' prolific Run and Shoot offense, which led the nation in passing yards last season, has Rogers intrigued.

"It's a passing team," he said. "I love passing teams as a receiver. They spread the field out and I can do what I do best."

Hawaii also offers Rogers the chance to reunite with a high school teammate, Carson quarterback Justin Alo, who signed with the Warriors in February.

"You know, my quarterback Justin, he's going out there to play," Rogers said. "I'm going to go out there with him and take that trip."

Still, Rogers will attend the Rising Stars Camp later this month and remains in contact with the USC staff, with running backs coach Kennedy Pola recently visiting Carson.

"He came to my school, just checking on me and my grades, seeing how I'm doing," Rogers said. "I'm working hard still."

Rogers said he is not bothered by scholarship reductions the Trojans face over the next three seasons.

Said Rogers: "I mean, SC goes for the best. On the field, you can only have 11."

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