Carlos Watkins' cousin still has Clemson at the top

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Dane Rogers Dane Rogers
Defensive End
6-3, 230
Crest, NC

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makes no secret of the fact that Clemson and Florida are his top two choices, despite holding an offer from Clemson and not Florida at this point.

He thinks that could change, however, as the Shelby (NC) Crest defensive end told TigerNet this week that the Gators have invited him down to their late July Friday Night Lights camp.

“I got invited to their special event, and they want to see what I can do for themselves,” Rogers said. “I talked to Coach [Dan] Quinn, their defensive coordinator, and they want to see me in 1-on-1 drills and to see how good my pass rush is. They don’t have this for everybody, so it’s pretty cool to be selected to be there. For me, it would be pretty cool to receive an offer when I am there.”

Rogers also has offers from UNC, N.C. State, Rutgers and Tennessee.

This past Monday was the beginning of the spring evaluation period, and Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks dropped in on Rogers to watch him work out.

“He watched me work out, and that was about it. Then I talked to Coach [Marion] Hobby the same day, and he was telling me that he was coming to see me next week. I am looking forward to him coming by for a visit. And hopefully I will get to talk to Coach Swinney soon, because I haven’t talked to him in forever.”

Rogers said the Tigers are at the top of his list for a couple of reasons.

“Everything down there is first class,” he said. “I love the atmosphere and I love the coaches. Everything about Clemson is great, from start to finish, and I don’t see anything changing in how I feel about them. They have a great, great football program. It is amazing down there.”

Another reason has a little bit to do with family, as Rogers’ cousin is 2012 Clemson signee Carlos Watkins.

“I haven’t played ball with him since Pee Wee and midget,” Rogers said. “It is amazing to see him recruited and signing there, and now I am being recruited by the same team. Having the opportunity to play with him again would be like old times. I am sure that would be something great for the both of us and our families. It would be a special thing to have fun and enjoy the college life with him.”

Rogers said he is in no hurry to make a decision, and expects his offer list to fill up as more and more programs see what he can do over the summer.

“Clemson is one of my top schools, but I am pretty sure my offer list will grow by the time summer is over,” he said. “I might go and watch a couple of games and take all of my official visits. Or I may not. It just depends on how comfortable I feel with the other schools or if I feel like I need to see more.”

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