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Mississippi State offers St. Stanislaus TE Chase Rogers

St. Stanislaus receiver Chase Rogers (80) uses a stiff arm against Noxubee County defender Daveon Ball (16) on Saturday, December 5, 2015, in the MHSAA Class 4A State Football Championship in Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Miss.
St. Stanislaus receiver Chase Rogers (80) uses a stiff arm against Noxubee County defender Daveon Ball (16) on Saturday, December 5, 2015, in the MHSAA Class 4A State Football Championship in Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Miss.

Just because Chase Rogers is committed to Tennessee, doesn't mean other programs are planning to erase him from their recruiting boards any time soon.

St. Stanislaus coach Bill Conides tweeted Wednesday that the recent Volunteers commit picked up his second SEC offer from Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs have periodically kicked the tires on Rogers but refrained from pulling the trigger on the talented Rockachaw pass catcher until recently.

The offer is Rogers' 13th, adding to a list that includes Memphis, Wake Forest, Troy, South Alabama, Tulane, Cal, Arkansas State, UAB, Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas-San Antonio and Tennessee.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Rogers is only Tennessee's third -- non-binding -- verbal commitment toward its 2017 recruiting class.

The Bulldogs currently have seven commitments, including Southwest Mississippi Community College tight end Ravian Pierce.

Rogers said former Pascagoula standout Terrell Buckley, one of MSU's newest coaches, called to give him the news after talking to head coach Dan Mullen.

"(MSU) has been messaging me on and off and as of last week, I thought it could come pretty soon," said Rogers, who is currently on spring break. "(The offer) means a lot just because they believe in me just like Tennessee did.

"I'm just glad they came through."

So, where does MSU's offer leave Tennessee with Rogers?

The rising senior said he's still 100 percent committed to the Volunteers, but he's not shutting down his recruitment.

"I'm open to anything and everything right now. I really like Tennessee but I'm still going to visit (other schools)," Rogers said.

Although Starkville is just a four hour drive from Bay St. Louis, compared to nearly nine hours to Knoxville, distance won't factor into Rogers' final decision.

"I kind of want to go somewhere and experience something else," he said.

Will the SEC's other in-state school follow the Bulldogs' lead and offer?

Rogers said he comes from an Ole Miss family and his dad actually walked-on in Oxford. Still, he's not waiting around for the Rebels to offer.

"If they come through, they come through," he said.

Looking at his production, it's easy to see why Rogers' recruitment has picked up now that the 2016 signing period is closed.

As a junior in 2015, Rogers caught 81 passes for 1,462 yards and 19 touchdowns. That came on the heels of a sophomore campaign where he caught 52 passes for 877 yards and nine scores.

Rogers is the third Coast product to land a MSU offer, joining Gautier lineman Paul Gainer and Ocean Springs receiver Austin Williams.

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