Oak Ridge's Rogers signs with New Mexico

Oak Ridge (WVLT Sports Overtime) -- Perhaps the only thing faster than Demarcus Rogers was his recruitment to New Mexico.

"The last couple of weeks have been real fast. The offer came out of no where," Rogers told Sports Overtime's Daryl Hobby Tuesday afternoon after signing his letter-of-intent to play for the Lobos.

Wanting to play division one football, the Oak Ridge wide receiver had resigned himself to the fact that I-AA ball was in his future.

That's when destiny stepped in.

Don Colquitt, brother of ex-Vol and Oak Ridge alum Jerry Colquitt got in touch with New Mexico quarterbacks coach Tee Martin--quarterback of the Vols' 1998 national championship team. Colquitt wanted to send a highlight tape of Rogers to Martin.

Rogers told this story concerning the phone call between Colquitt and Martin: "Tee Martin was like, it's signing day, so don't send me any junk now." "No, I'm telling you this guy can play," Colquitt responds.

So the tape was sent. Martin liked what he saw, so did New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley. Next thing Rogers knows, he's making an official visit to Albuquerque. That trip took place this past weekend.

"It's far. It's real far away, but I think I'm ready to take that jump," Rogers said.

New Mexico plays in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos were 4-8 in 2008.

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  • by Javien Location: oak ridge tn on Aug 9, 2009 at 01:26 AM
    I think hes a good fit for new mexico cause to me they havent really had that breakout speed,agility.and team desire and tell him ham son said this
  • by Craig Location: Albuquerque on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    It is not that far! Channel 616 on DirectTv and you can watch DeMarcus go wild in New Mexico.


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