DB, 5-11, 180, Birmingham, Ala. (Vestavia Hills HS)
Justin Rogers is a talented athlete who has the ability to excel on either side of the ball at the collegiate level. The 5-11, 180-pound Rogers made his biggest impact as a running back at Birmingham’s Vestavia Hills High School, but he will likely begin his Husker career in the secondary. Rogers is the first scholarship player from the state of Alabama since Brett Byford joined the Husker program in 2003. Rogers racked up huge rushing numbers for Coach Buddy Anderson, helping his school to two straight state semifinal trips. In 2007, Rogers helped Vestavia Hills to an 11-3 record by rushing for 2,110 yards and 28 touchdowns. Vestavia Hills advanced to the state semifinals by upending national powerhouse Hoover High in the quarterfinals. Rogers’ play as a senior earned him first-team Class 6A all-state honors as a running back and he also played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Rogers’ rushing numbers as a senior were nearly identical to his junior season when he totaled 2,100 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground. Rogers boasts great speed, having won the 2007 Class 6A indoor 55-meter dash title with a time of 6.57 seconds. Rogers is ranked among the top 30 players in Alabama and among the top 50 running back prospects in the country. Rogers chose Nebraska over Auburn, Clemson, UCLA and Kentucky. He is the son of Sharon Rogers and Kenny Rogers and was born on Aug. 7, 1990.