Alabama lands commitment from ’25 RB Rogers
Blake Baumgartner, ESPN Staff WriterJun 2, 2023, 04:03 PM ET
Nick Saban and Alabama added to their 2025 recruiting class Friday by picking up a commitment from running back Anthony Rogers.Rogers (No. 39 in the
2025 ESPN 300 )is the Crimson Tide’s second-highest recruit in the cycle and the fourth ESPN 300 member of the class– signing up with pass receiver Ryan Williams (No. 3 total), offending deal with Mason Short (No. 70 overall) and guard Dontrell Glover (No. 159 overall).
“They’re genuine uncomplicated,” Rogers informed ESPN. “They everything about their organization. They’re going to tell you what it is. You got to work to get to your spot and there’s going to be no handouts. I similar to how everyone got that grind mentality at Bama.”
Rogers also thought about Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Oregon.The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Rogers, who spent the first two years at Pike Roadway High School(Alabama)prior to transferring to IMG Academy, ran for 1,626 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore. “I ‘d say I’m an all-purpose back due to the fact that I like to get the ball, too,”he said.”I’m evasive. I got excellent vision. I’m great [with] top-end speed. I’m electric. Electric on the field.”
He is the seventh ESPN 300 running back to sign with the program given that 2020. Its top-ranked class from 2023 featured the top two running backs in that class (Richard Young and Justice Haynes).
Its 2024 class is presently ranked 12th and has 6 ESPN 300 devotes– cornerback Jaylen Mbakwe (No. 2 general), quarterback Julian Sayin (No. 8 general), pass receiver Perry Thompson (No. 40 total), linebacker Cayden Jones (No. 70 general), defensive tackle Jeremiah Beaman (No. 117 general) and defensive end Sterling Dixon (No. 229 general).
Alabama ran for 195.5 backyards a game– seventh in the SEC– in 2022 as part of an offensive attack that averaged 477.1 overall lawns a game, ending up fourth in the SEC.Jahmyr Gibbs, whom the Detroit Lions took 12th general in the 2023 NFL draft in April, was the driver (1,370 total lawns and 10 goals)for a running game that enhanced on its 150 backyards per game average from 2021– which sat 10th in the conference.” I feel like I ‘d be a remarkable fit at Bama with my capability due to the fact that they use their running backs to catch the ball out of the backfield a lot,”Rogers said. “I like how they utilized Gibbs this year and I also like the run game.” Running backs Mark Ingram II (2011 ), Trent Richardson(2012), Josh Jacobs( 2019 ), Najee Harris(
2021)and Gibbs (2023 )have actually all been picked in the preliminary during the Saban age at Alabama.Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015 )were the program’s very first 2 Heisman Prize winners.