Rogers Gaines, a 2008 graduate of White House High School and former offensive and defensive lineman for the Blue Devils and TSSAA Mr. Football Finalist, has been invited to the National Football League Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The annual combine is an invitation-only event in preparation for April’s NFL Draft.
Gaines, a senior at Tennessee State University in Nashville, was named All-American by three media outlets in 2012 as a left tackle, leading the Tigers to an 8-3 record and the best rushing offense in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Scouting Combine is Feb. 20-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the home of the Indianapolis Colts. All 32 teams will be represented to evaluate players by position. Officially, Gaines is listed as OL21 (his number for the combine). In addition to skills competitions and interviews, the candidates will be administered the Wonderlic aptitude test used by the National Football League in draft preparation.
Gaines would be the first White House Blue Devils football player to play in the National Football League.
2011 – All-OVC Second Team
2012 – Preseason Phil Steele Second Team All-American
2012 – All-OVC First Team
2012 – All-American (HBCU Sporting News, BOXTOROW, FCS AP)
2012 – Part of a TSU offensive line that led the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing at 175.7 yards per game. The senior did not give up a sack all season and graded out at a 93.6. He also earned OVC 1st team Offense.
2011 – Started 10 of 11 games played during his redshirt junior season…Has started in eight consecutive games since playing Air Force on Sept. 24…Graded out at 86 to 90 percent each game…Led the Tigers with six pancakes per contest…Selected second team All-OVC.
2010 – Competed in eight games at the offensive line for the Tigers…Played against Alabama A&M, Jackson State, Austin Peay, Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T, Jacksonville State, Tennessee Tech and Eastern Illinois.
2009 – Played in three games for the Tigers…Saw action against Murray State, Tennessee Tech and Eastern Illinois.
2008 – Did not play during the 2008 season and earned a redshirt.
White House High School – Graded out at 63 on ESPN College Recruiting…Named to All-Region 4-3A and TSWA and AP All-State teams…Finalist for Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Lineman Class 3-A in 2007 (won by current New England Patriots linebacker Donta’ Hightower of Marshall County).
Rogers is the son of Rogers and Laurita Gaines.
Locals invited to the NFL Scouting Combine include:
Tyler Bray (QB-Tennessee)
Justin Hunter (WR-Tennessee)
Cordarelle Patterson (WR-Tennessee)
Mychal Rivera (TE-Tennessee)
Dallas Thomas (OT-Tennessee)
Zac Stacy (RB-Vanderbilt)
Montori Hughes (DT-Tennessee-Martin)
Da’Rick Rogers (WR-Tennessee Tech)
Rogers Gaines (OT-Tennessee State)
Quanterus Smith (DT-Western Kentucky)