Zach Rogers reported, "I committed to the Tennessee Volunteers." He added, "It is where I have felt the most comfortable on my visits. It's really become my second home these past three years since Austin has been playing. With the new coaches coming in I was able to sit down and get to know them. I thought it would be best for me."
He was able to build a very strong relationship with former Tennessee coaches Trooper Taylor and David Cutcliffe early in the recruiting process. With their departure this off season his recruitment became a little more open. He talked about his thoughts on the new coaches, "Coach Clawson is coming in and he really likes to exploit mismatches and likes to put the speediest guys and explosive guys out there. When I go up there I'm going to work my tail off and compete with those guys up there."
Rogers said of his timing for the commitment, "My coach and I talked about it. We both agreed as the season progresses we don't want any distractions coming into our team because recruiting can get hectic sometimes. It was hectic during the spring and I can't imagine what it would be like during the season if you haven't committed by then. We just want to go out there and compete and try to win another state championship. I want to go out there and focus on the competitiveness."
Another big reason for Rogers to consider the Vols is his brother, Austin Rogers, a current wide receiver for Tennessee. Rogers explained of being able to play with his older brother, "It was pretty big. It's going to be awesome. Hopefully I'm going to be able to go up there my freshmen year and be able to compete to play a little bit. It will be awesome to see my brother and I line up together at the collegiate level. It will be fun to run out of the T together in front of 108,000 people. It's really like a dream come true. I'm real excited to see it happen."
He went on to say of his brother's reaction, "He was happy. He wanted to play with me like I wanted to play with him and we just can't wait. I just think it will be great as brothers to be able to unite with the same goal in mind of winning a national championship. I will be able to push him and he will be able to push me and hopefully that will make us both better. Hopefully he is going to make it to the pros and I will be able to learn from him. I like to learn from him because he is a great role model."
An early decision sometimes means a commitment may waver later in the process, not this prospect, Rogers explained, "My heart has always been a Tennessee fan. I thought it was smart to do my homework on my recruiting. I will only have one year with Austin, but that one year is going to be special. I am 100% solid."
He said of the Commodores, "Vanderbilt made a strong push when my team went over there for a seven on seven tournament that they held. Fortunately we won it which was surprising because we are not a big passing team. They talked a little bit about how they enjoyed watching me play. I got to hang around at the facilities and I really liked what I saw. They were talking to me a lot about how many balls I would catch in the black and gold. It was hard to turn them down being fifteen minutes down the road from my house."
The Tigers were also in the hunt late, "Auburn is another team that I liked and they are really converting their offense. I really liked Coach Tuberville. He is church going kind of man."
Last but not least in consideration for Rogers was South Carolina. He explained, "The other team that was in consideration was South Carolina. Who wouldn't want to play for Coach Spurrier. He is a great offensive mind and you know you are going to get a lot of ball. He's coached at the NFL level, so he knows what it is going to take to get you there."