Touted basketball recruit chooses BYU over USU

Stephen Rogers, a 6-foot-8-inch small forward from Mesa Community College, will not be playing for the Utah State Aggies next year.Rogers, a heavily recruited recruit who originally signed with Arizona State but left after one season, will play for the BYU Cougars, it was announced Wednesday afternoon. USU and BYU were the two teams vying for his services, but earlier in the recruiting process, Rogers was being courted by other schools including New Mexico and UC Santa Barbara.Jared Eborn, the USU beat writer for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, broke the news about Rogers’ signing Wednesday afternoon. “He kept things pretty close to his vest,” Eborn told KVNU about Rogers and the recruiting process. Over the past few weeks, Eborn said he had several conversations and exchanged text messages with Rogers. “He didn’t want to make a decision until he gave it sincere consideration. I think that’s why he didn’t commit to Utah State right away.”Rogers enjoyed his site visit to Utah State University several weeks ago, reports stated, but last week visited BYU after the Cougars joined the recruiting process late. “He, for whatever reason, decided that BYU was the place where he would fit in best in terms of basketball, social, academics, whatever,” Eborn said. Rogers will have three years of eligibility at BYU.

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