Wide receiver Darreus Rogers out of Carson has yet to join the USC Trojans this fall, as he’s been anxiously awaiting word from the NCAA on his academic clearance for the 2012 season. Back in July, Rogers said he would definitely play in 2012, but it may have been a bit premature. Today however, Rogers has gotten the majority of his NCAA paperwork completed and per Gerard Martinez of Rivals, USC is scheduled to hear the official word from the NCAA on Tuesday.
#USC should have an answer from the NCAA Clearinghouse on Carson (Calif.) receiver Darreus Rogers eligibility Tuesday.
— Gerard Martinez (@gmartlive) August 20, 2012
If Rogers is cleared, he joins the receiving corps for the Trojans in the midst of a tight race for the No. 3 receiver spot. Rogers won’t be in the same tier as De’Von Flournoy and George Farmer, but he’ll likely be in a fight with Victor Blackwell for reps, and the low man on the totem pole due to his absence.
A cleared Rogers also adds one more scholarship player for the Trojans. Without Rogers and the ineligible returning players, Isiah Wiley and Marquis Simmons, the Trojans currently stand at having 71 players on scholarship, with Silas Redd included and two walk-ons giving up their scholarship. Rogers makes it 72, and the Trojans would still be under 75 should Wiley and Simmons return to the fray.