And just like that, the Justin Rogers era is officially over at TCU. It never managed liftoff, and the redshirt freshman has informed TCU of his plans to enter the transfer portal, per Jeremy Clark of 247 Sports.
Rogers, a 4-star quarterback from Bossier City, Louisiana originally committed to TCU in May of 2017, despite major overtures from LSU. Rogers remained firm in his commitment in the face of continued wooing from LSU, and a late push from Texas A&M.
TCU fans rejoiced when he committed, and even more so when he signed. Rogers was heralded as the next stud quarterback for the Horned Frogs, and there were hopes that he would compete for the starting job as a true freshman, even with another highly sought after quarterback, Shawn Robinson, on board in the previous recruiting class.
But a horrifying knee injury suffered early in Rogers’ senior campaign set him back significantly. Torn ligaments, including an ACL tear, meant he was coming to TCU with plans to recover rather than start, and a case of drop foot plagued him after he made his way back from surgery.
The transfer of Alex Delton and the arrival of true freshman Max Duggan in the spring of 2019 signaled that, even when healthy, Rogers would have stiff competition for the starting gig. Ultimately, despite fully recovering, and he struggled to make the right reads in practice, with the result being his tumble down the depth chart.
We will always talk about what could have been for Justin as a Horned Frog, but we’ll have to settle for wishing him the best of luck wherever he lands.
TCU’s quarterback room will still feel full in Rogers absence, with Duggan, Delton, former Penn transfer Mike Collins, and Ohio State transfer Matthew Baldwin still present and accounted for.
It’s not insignificant though to recognize that this is the second consecutive season that TCU has seen a major quarterback recruit transfer out. Shawn Robinson left the program and landed at Missouri, where he currently backs up Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant.
TCU’s quarterback situation seems to be solidifying though, as Duggan continues to progress. And with Collins and Baldwin waiting in the wings, TCU still has depth at the position.