By LARRY VAUGHT
What did getting a verbal commitment from Michigan lineman Justin Rogers, the 10th-rated player in the 2020 recruiting class by Rivals.com, mean for Kentucky and coach Mark Stoops?
“It offers a lot of credibility to the coaching staff on the recruiting trail,” 247Sports recruiting writer Josh Edwards said. “When a player that could have gone anywhere chooses to play out of state for a program, others take notice.
Rogers’ mother, Joya Townsel, told the Detroit Free Press that she “liked Georgia” best — one reason he probably took an official visit to Georgia just a few days before making his commitment to UK. He wanted to keep his mother happy.
His mother also said it was easy to understand why he did not pick home-state Michigan. She said other schools “reached out” to her son more than Michigan did.
“I think that’s where schools go wrong, when they don’t reach out to these kids and show they’re really interested in them. I believe that played a part. Justin used to always go up there and visit and watch their games,”she told the Detroit newspaper.
But get this — she also said she never spoke to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh or anyone on his staff. Not a single time.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow emphasizes constantly the value of building relationships with parents and family members. Apparently Harbaugh does not. However, maybe after what Rogers’ mother said, maybe he should change his mind.