Chandler Rogers has come a long way in the first four years of his college career.
The former Mansfield Lake Ridge standout started at South Miss, transferred to Blinn College for a season, and then moved to Louisiana-Monroe for two years.
All of these stops have convinced the quarterback that he needs to be meticulous when it comes to deciding where to spend the last two years of his college career. Rodgers has put in a lot of time over the past few weeks and can’t help but feel better about his decision to sign with North Texas, who are starting their first season under new coach Eric Morris.
This week, UNT announced the signing of Rodgers.
“I chose North Texas because of my relationship with the coaches,” Rogers told reporters. Denton Record-Chronicle on Thursday evening. “Coach Morris recruited me after school while he was still working at Incarnate Word.
“I’m comfortable with the staff and the offense, which is very similar to what we did in high school. I also looked at the composition, and everyone returns to the UNT. They are not under restoration. This is a successful football team. With me and the rest of the class that we have, we can win this conference.”
This fall, UNT enters its first season in the American Athletic Conference and has been looking for a new quarterback since Austin He declared himself in the NFL Draft. He threw for 3,547 yards and set a single-season program record last season with 33 touchdowns. The former Argyle standout led UNT to an appearance in the Conference USA title game, the Frisco Bowl and a 7-7 finish.
UNT had four other transfer guards last season, including Grant Gunnell, who backed Aoun.
The addition of Rogers gives UNT another intriguing option. The 6-foot, 194-pound junior is a proven commodity after throwing for 2,403 yards and 15 touchdowns for ULM last season when he also rushed for 353 yards and five touchdowns.
Rodgers was one of the best quarterbacks in the transfer market. He visited California, Arkansas, Sam Houston and UNT. Indiana also offered Rodgers, who had two seasons left of eligibility.
The opportunity to return to the Dallas area was a key factor in Rodgers’ decision to sign with UNT.
“My other offers were from schools that are far away,” Rogers said. “I would have to adapt. If I went anywhere, like California or Indiana, I would have to fly home. I don’t know how long it would take me to adjust and feel comfortable.”
What the UNT had to offer as a program also intrigued Rogers after two years at ULM. Rodgers said one of the main reasons he left the school is because it didn’t offer the support he and his teammates needed in terms of training staff and nutrition.
“North Texas has more to offer to help me reach my potential,” Rogers said.
Lake Ridge coach Kirk Thor believes Rogers’ skills will make him a great UNT candidate.
“Chandler is competitive, confident, hardworking and really up for the pressure,” Thor said. “He sees the field very well, commands it and has complete confidence in it. He has all the intangibles and is the winner.
“He has high hopes for his teammates and for himself. He makes people around him better.”
Rogers has been looking for the right people for the last few years to capitalize on these talents. He jumped from school to school and had an impressive run at ULM last year.
Rogers was determined to find a place where he could succeed and feel comfortable after his time at the Warhawks. He feels he has found the right uniform for the UNT.
“I wanted to make sure I made the right decision,” Rogers said. “I had two years left and I wanted to make sure I had a really good chance of being that guy and getting an MBA.”
There were many programs around the country that were willing to give Rogers that opportunity.
None of them matched what Rogers saw at UNT.
“I met with the staff and talked to Coach Morris a few times,” Rogers said. “It just felt like the right decision.”
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