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Miami goes into SEC country to pick up a commitment from a talented blue chip defender.

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On Saturday night in the middle of his official visit to Miami, Lexington (MS) Holmes County 4-star CB Khamauri Rogers committed to Manny Diaz’s Hurricanes.

A 5’11” 160lb corner, Rogers has a wealth of talent and skill. Formerly committed to LSU, Rogers committed to Miami this evening over interest and offers from many elite CFB programs, including Michigan, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and more.

Things between Rogers and Miami have been heating up over the last few months, but have hit a fever pitch recently once the Coronavirus induced 15 month NCAA recruiting dead period ended. Rogers was on campus on June 1st for the “First Day Out” cookout, and that only helped strengthen his connection to Miami. Coupled with this weekend’s official visit, and Rogers saw enough, felt comfortable enough, and finally committed to the Canes.

This is a big recruiting win for new CB Coach DeMarcus Van Dyke. A former blue chip recruit himself, DVD has done yeoman’s work connecting with Rogers and gets credit for this commitment. Seeing as Van Dyke is in his first year as an on-field coach, and yet to coach a game on the sideline for the Canes (the change was made ahead of spring football), this can only be classified as a great start for him on the recruiting trail, and exactly what Miami was looking for when they flipped him and former CB coach Mike Rumph, who now holds the off-field recruiting role Van Dyke formerly held.

Back to Rogers, he’s an All-State player in Mississippi, playing both ways for Holmes County, and a track athlete who has clocked 11.3 in the 100M dash. Here’s what 247sports Southeast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Ivins has to say about Rogers’s abilities on the field:

Has a slender frame with some longer legs. Just over 5-foot-11. An instinctive, fluid corner with elite ball skills. Has spent much of prep career working on an island and seems to be rather comfortable in man coverage. Likes to keep his eyes in the backfield while in reverse. Quick to plant his feet and drive towards the football. Uses explosive muscle fibers to get vertical and make plenty of plays in the air. Not one to shy away from contact and should only get more aggressive in run support once a college strength coach is able to tack on some body armor. Has doubled as a wide receiver at the high school level and found plenty of success on the offensive side of the ball. Can also get the job done as a return man, at least on Friday nights. Gifted with some foot speed, but could always get faster. Must also add some weight and core strength once enrolled at the school of his choice to avoid being simply overpowered by much larger wideouts. Described by those around him as a film junkie and intelligent defender. Has picked off six passes over the past three years and returned two of them for scores. Will likely need some time to undergo a physical transformation, but ability to change directions and make a difference at the catch point suggests that he can emerge as a multi-year starter for a Power 5 program. Has a chance to play on Sundays if everything comes together.

Rogers is an elite player in this class, ranked 61st overall, #2 in the State of Mississippi, and #9 at Cornerback according to the 247sports composite. He’s exactly the kind of player Miami should be adding, and he fills a great need for Miami to continue to add depth and talent at CB.

Rogers is the 3rd player to commit to Miami in the 2022 recruiting class. He joins 4-star QB Jacurri Brown and 3-star WR Quan Lee in committing to the Hurricanes in this class.

For a better look at the player Miami is getting in Rogers, check out the HUDL highlights below.

Welcome to the U, Khamauri!