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The Pitt Panthers haven’t had a true dual threat quarterback in charge of their offense since the Rod Rutherford era. Today, they offered a player that they hope will one day be their next Rutherford.
Sophomore quarterback Na’Quari Rogers (5’11”, 200) from Life Christian Academy in Chester, Virginia got the news that his latest Power Five offer came from Chris Beatty and Pitt.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Rogers after he got the news and he was excited Pitt came through with the offer. The dynamic quarterback was part of the big group of players from Virginia that visited Pitt back in January.
“This was most definitely a big offer for me,” said Rogers. “I was in the gym and my coach called me and told me I got an offer and I said “Who’ and he said Pitt. After he told me that I just couldn’t stop cheesing. That smile didn’t leave my face although I tried to hide it. I had other players around me so I tried to play it off cool.”
“Pitt is big man. They’re connected with the Steelers who are my favorite team. I know a lot about them and that they play at Heinz Field, which I like.”
Rogers was very complimentary of Beatty, who he had a chance to spend time with during his visit and looks forward to growing their relationship over the next couple of seasons while he attempts to recruit him to Pitt.
“Coach Beatty can recognize real ballers,” says Rogers. “He doesn’t care how tall, how short, he just cares about your heart. He doesn’t discriminate against anyone, he goes after talent and players with heart. You can tell he’s a coach that you will like on and off the field.”
“The thing that stood out to me most about my visit to Pitt was the one-on-one time I got with Coach Whipple and Coach Beatty. They taught me so much. I was with them as we broke down plays, went over defensive coverages, had board time. That time I spent with them was astonishing.”
Speaking of ballers, that’s an accurate way to describe Rogers on the field as he’s someone that can run by you but can also hang in the pocket or extend a play with his feet in order to find his receiver.
One of the very few offers Baylor football has made for the 2022 class is quarterback @therealnaQ_1k out of colonial heights, Virginia. I expect to see many more offers to come his way in the next 2 years very glad to say Baylor is one of the first @hudl https://t.co/1ZHvQsakOU
— baylor_bear_football (@baylorbearfoot1) December 5, 2019
Pitt joins Baylor as the first two teams to offer Rogers, who’s happy to get two big offers so soon but he’s no means satisfied or content.
“I’m relaxed with all of this but I know plenty more will be coming. I’ll never relax and think that I’ve arrived because I always have to work to get better so that I can achieve my ultimate goals. I’m just gonna keep grinding and grinding and not worry too much about offers now. I have more work to get done.”
With only being a sophomore Rogers has plenty of time to make a decision but the fact that Pitt offered him so early is something that he won’t forget.
“I’ll definitely remember that plus when I went up there they showed me a lot of love and it was like a family up there. This offers means a lot and I’m not doing to do Pitt dirty and forget about them. They’ll have a place in my heart, I know that for sure.”