Kentucky transfer Justin Rogers DT visiting Miami football this weekend

Kentucky’s Justin Rogers goes for the fumble against South Carolina.Oct. 8, 2022Kentuckysc 16
Kentucky’s Justin Rogers goes for the fumble against South Carolina.Oct. 8, 2022Kentuckysc 16 /

The Miami football program will host productive Kentucky transfer defensive tackle Justin Rogers this weekend according to Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports. Rogers who has steadily improved throughout his Kentucky career had 60 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks in three seasons with the Wildcats.

Rogers will spend Saturday and Sunday in Coral Gables after visiting LSU on Thursday and Friday. In 2022 Rogers had a career-high 35 tackles and added 1.5 TFLs and half a sack. Rogers had 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks in 2021. Rogers set a career-high with nine tackles this season versus Georgia and had six against Vanderbilt a week later.

In 2021 Rogers had a breakout game versus the Commodores with four tackles, two TFLs and one sack. Wiltfong reported that Rogers wants to schedule visits to Alabama and Auburn for next week. Oklahoma, Texas and USC have also contacted Rogers per Wiltfong. Miami only has added four transfers for 2023.

Central Florida cornerback Davonte Brown, Georgia State defensive lineman Thomas Gore, Washington State linebacker Francisco Mauigoa and Alabama offensive lineman Javion Cohen have all pledged to the Miami football program. Miami head coach Mario Cristobal wants to add more defensive tackles and wide receivers.

Rogers was a four-star prospect in 2021 and the 52nd-ranked player, seventh defensive tackle and top player in Michigan out of Oak Park when he signed with Kentucky. Only six players on the 2022 Miami roster including DT Leonard Taylor were more highly rated out of high school than Rogers.

Rogers would provide Miami with an excellent DT rotation with Gore, rising fifth-year redshirt junior and Taylor. Miami has exceptional depth and talent at edge rusher and needs to match that on the interior for the 2023 season. At 6’2.5, 332 pounds Rogers would provide Miami with good size at DT.

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Rogers was described as explosive, strong and athleticism which allows him to play in space at his size by Allen Trieu a National Recruiting Analyst for 247 Sports. Rogers settled in as a DT at Kentucky but had the potential and versatility to also be projected as a potential OL as a recruit.