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UNT receives highly acclaimed Louisiana-Monroe transfer QB Chandler Rodgers

Perhaps North Texas had no greater concern ahead of Eric Morris’ rookie season as Ming Green head coach than dealing with the quarterback situation.

UNT took a key step towards that goal on Tuesday when the Louisiana-Monroe transfer Chandler Rodgers landed.

The former Mansfield Lake Ridge standout announced his decision to move to UNT on his Twitter account.

“Let’s get to work,” Rogers wrote.



Chandler Rogers


Rodgers threw for 2,403 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Warhawks last season when he also rushed for 353 yards and five touchdowns.

Rodgers entered the transfer portal after the end of the season.

UNT was looking for another quarterback after Austin declared himself in the NFL Draft following the 2022 campaign when he led Mean Green to appearances in the Conference USA title game and the Frisco Bowl.

UNT brought in a host of transfer guards at the end of former coach Seth Littrell’s tenure, including Grant Gunnell (Memphis), JD Head (Louisiana Tech) and Stone Earle (Abilene Christian).

Rogers will offer UNT another intriguing option. The 6-foot, 194-pound junior was named one of the top 50 dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2019 class by 247Sports.

“Chandler is competitive, confident, hard-working and really up for the pressure,” said Kirk Thor, Rogers’ trainer at Lake Ridge. “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 spent the last few years looking for the right place to capitalize on his talents. He signed with Southern Miss after graduating from high school before spending a year at Blinn College.

Rodgers then signed with Louisiana Monroe, where he started six straight games in the 2021 season after starter Rhett Rodriguez was injured. He won a starter spot ahead of last season and had a memorable campaign that included 371 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to South Alabama.

Rogers was heavily recruited after he entered the transfer portal and visited Cal. He had one goal when he was looking for his next home after a long time in South Miss and Louisiana-Monroe.

“That I’m one of the best quarterbacks in the country that no one has ever heard of,” Rodgers told 247Sports’ Chris Hammer.

Rogers will try to prove that this is the case under Morris at the UNT, which is entering a key moment in its history. Mean Green are leaving C-USA for the American Athletic Conference this summer.

Morris led a team that finished 7-7.

Morris spoke about his plan to help Mean Green improve on that score and compete in America during his introductory press conference.

“We’ll start with Texas High School talent and then move on to the transfer portal when we have the positions we need, especially if the kids want to go home to the DFW area,” Morris said.

Rogers is just such a player and has become a staple of UNT’s recruiting class.

Morris and his staff began recruiting late. UNT did not fire Littrell until Mean Green lost to UTSA in the C-USA title game on December 2.

Morris was not hired until Dec. 13, and he is quickly working to get his staff and 2023 recruiting team together. He visited Coffeyville Community College linebacker Marcus Moore, who had previously been an UNT devotee, and convinced him to stick with the decision.

Since then, UNT has received a commitment from wide receiver Guyer Landon Sides.

The interim signing period in college football ends on Sunday. The late signing period is also fast approaching on February 1st.

Over the next few days, UNT is expected to work quickly to add an intriguing seminal article on Rogers to its class.

“He went to good places and did a good job,” Thor said. “He loves challenges and is really good at what he does. The UNT received a good rating.”

BRETT VITO can be contacted at 940-566-6870 and on Twitter at @brettvito.

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