Mar 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Lane Kiffin at spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

USC Football: Darreus Rogers Joins Team

Last Signing Day, one of the biggest stories was whether or not the Trojans would maintain the commitment of Carson wide receiver Darreus Rogers, as he was entertaining a serious recruiting run from Todd Graham at Arizona State. Ultimately, Rogers chose Troy over Tempe, although he was unable to play in 2012 due to an academic issue that forced him to grey shirt.

Today, as the Trojans prepare for Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, Rogers was finally able to suit up in the Cardinal and Gold and step on Howard Jones Field as a player. Per Ryan Abraham of, Rogers played with the scout team and was able to do so since the fall semester is officially over, and he enrolls in January.

Rogers is not eligible to suit up in the Sun Bowl or even travel with the team to El Paso, but these last practices in Los Angeles before the team leaves on December 26th is a valuable step forward as the wideout prepares for 2013.

Looking at the depth chart for next season, Marqise Lee will return as the flanker, while Robert Woods could very well forgo his senior season and opt for the NFL Draft, freeing up room in the Trojans’ receiving corps. Assuming that Nelson Agholor slides up to the No. 2 receiver role in that scenario, the door would once again be open at the third receiver position for competition come spring and fall camp.

Vying with Rogers for playing time will be Class of 2013 commit Steven Mitchell, and current Trojans De’Von Flournoy, Victor Blackwell and George Farmer.

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