Will Da’Rick Rogers see his shadow?

Will the recruitniks give Mark Richt a thumbs-up after signing day? (Associated Press)

Will the recruitniks give Mark Richt a thumbs-up after signing day? (Associated Press)

Today it was the groundhog’s day to provide grist for prognosticators, and tomorrow it’ll be the results of signing day.

From what I’m hearing and reading, a lot of UGA fans are feeling pretty depressed about the prospect of at least a couple of defections by high-profile recruits who’d given the Dogs a verbal commitment (which, considering these are 18-year-old kids, means about as much as an Urban Meyer resignation). Mark Richt has lost his touch as a recruiter, they’re saying. Why do Florida and Alabama get the five-star recruits? And what’s with the apparent recruiting surge of Auburn under Gene Chizik?

Of course, at the other extreme there are folks in the Bulldog Nation who think way too much is made of the annual rankings of recruiting classes. As Rex Robinson wrote recently, “The day I let a 17- or 18-year-old kid dictate the ebb and flow of my day, is when hell freezes over. Obviously, I want to have the best players possible. Some folks think that means 5 stars by a kid’s name. I think it’s about a kid with talent and a real desire to wear red and black.”

Put me down somewhere in the middle. Yes, a class stocked with a bunch of folks that everybody else would have loved to sign is a pretty good indication of a team’s future talent level. But highly touted recruits don’t always pan out (remember next-great-tight-end NaDerris Ward, who last I heard was listed as an offensive lineman for Oregon?).

And even if you do sign a highly ranked recruiting class (as Richt has done most of his seasons at UGA), fans of the Dogs have too much first-hand knowledge of the fact that talent doesn’t guarantee wins.

So try not to get your intestines tied in a knot if Da’Rick Rogers does wind up jilting the Dogs for the Vols. Or if Richt doesn’t pull off some last-minute coup raiding someone else’s verbal commitments for an unexpected Georgia signee.

Georgia’s class currently is ranked in the Top 10 by some recruiting gurus and even if it ends up dropping a few notches due to defections, it’s still going to be a pretty solid bunch of football players. It’s what the coaches do with them that’s going to count in the end.

For those who have the time to follow the progress of Georgia’s recruiting class during the day on Wednesday, over at Georgiadogs.com, the premium service GXtra will be providing free live video coverage availble to all fans (not just subscribers) from inside Butts-Mehre with hosts Chuck Dowdle and former Bulldog Kelin Johnson, starting at 7:45 a.m.

They promise you’ll see signee highlight videos, get in-depth analysis about this year’s class from several assistant football coaches, and see Richt speak to the fans inside Butts-Mehre live.

Somehow, no matter how the day goes, I don’t expect Richt to present the results as anything other than overwhelmingly positive. And, personally, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on that and wait to see how this class pans out on the field.

209 comments Add your comment

devildawg

February 2nd, 2010
11:55 am

Nice article. And I agree, we have had some major recruits not pan out, and some others (David Pollack) end up being legends. I want Dawgs, not stars next to a name.

WonderDawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Wonder how many WRs we passed up since June thinking Rogers was “committed?”

snotbubble

February 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

If they don’t want us we don’t need them………..100% Bulldog or nothing.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Show me on saturday afternoons, then and only then will I be impressed

DAWG_poop

February 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

Nice positive spin there I guess.

I like how you Georgia taters are ready to mail it in so the hand wringing can begin.

Tennessee owns this state – don’t forget it!

ButlerDawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:12 pm

Everyone knows Da’Rick is going to UT. They never would have offered a scholly to Nash Nance (and $ to Mr. Nance) had it not been a done deal. The fact that he’s waiting until signing day to screw UGA shows what kind of character he has.
Will eat my words if he ends up staying on as a Dawg signee but you can basically book him being a Vol.

BG

February 2nd, 2010
12:13 pm

Well, Look at the bright side of things. UGAs class is 10 times better that techs.

SOGADOG

February 2nd, 2010
12:15 pm

Did Nance’s dad cut some kind of deal with Kiffin to deliver DRR to the Vols in exhchange for a scholarship for his son? It sure looks that way. I am amazed D. Dooley would go along with this Kiffin deal. I guess the more stars a recruit carries the less ethics matter. I hope DRR will stop showboating, follow his heart and mind and sign with the school he truly wants to attend. The kid needs someone to look after him who doesnt have a dog in the fight.

Ed Oregeron's cleavage

February 2nd, 2010
12:19 pm

Coach O flashed them at Derick Rogers and he fell in love. He asked Dooley for a peek and when he obliged, the decided to stay a Vol. But, only after sticking it to Dawgs fans for days. Great kid that Derick.

scdawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:22 pm

Da’Rick is helping his buddy get a scholarship…that’s all…TN thinks if they get his buddy they get him…won’t happen…

UGA 82

February 2nd, 2010
12:22 pm

For all the hoopla….I think I would rather have Jordan Akins than Rogers. I’m not trying to knock Rogers b/c i believe he is a great talent, but i really like what i have seen on Akins. It would be even better if we could land Green, Rogers and Akins…but I don’t believe that is realistic. However, defense is the major need of this team and I’m excited by the collection of defenders (Thornton would be icing on the cake!) we are bringing in. Good luck to the young men wherever they end up. Go Dawgs!

CatsFly

February 2nd, 2010
12:25 pm

You know where Vince wants Da’Rick to go. Who’s success is of greatest interest for him? UGa’s, or his son’s? Vince is a Vol beginning when his son got the coaching job at Tenn.

corkylikesbeer

February 2nd, 2010
12:25 pm

Bill,

I like your positive spin! You are a very optimistic dawg’s fan.

buddy

February 2nd, 2010
12:25 pm

It amazes me how a few of these recruits(kids) milk this recruiting deal to the end. I am pretty sick of it. Not just for GA, but for all the schools. Image being one of these coaches begging a kid to come to his school, how degrading that must be. Now I know why they get paid so much. On top of that the only thing 50% of them have going for them is their athletic ability, so hear is a coach trying to convince a dumb ego maniac to come play for his school. What a croc!! I guess they need to get as much of the spotlight as they can because most of them will hardly ever see it again.

McRib - why only for a limited time?

February 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

if he goes to TN then he’s an easily manipulated kid with parents that haven’t taught him the meaning of the word “committed”. Wonder how many other words he knows…

Old Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

The recruiting process has gotten out of hand. I don’t care who he is or how much talent he has, no one deserves this much attention and adulation. Many of them are 17-18 year-old brats who think the world owes them a favor because they play a game very well. And many of their parents stoke the fire seeing NFL dollar signs. As we all know, not every recruit makes it on the D-1 level, much less in the NFL, CFL or even semi-pro leagues in Europe. So if Da-Rick Rogers wants to go to UT, so be it.

But if he comes to UGA, that’s fine too.

With hundreds of thousands of Americans out of jobs and struggling to make ends meet, it’s impossible for me to put these brats on a stage and provide them with their moment of adulation. It’s sick. It’s rotten. And it’s ruining the game of college football.

mikie g.

February 2nd, 2010
12:40 pm

the most important recruit this year is Grantham, and CMR said and did what he said he was going to do in signing him. it seems like some of the committed midget corners who wouldn’t fit into Grantham’s scheme defected, but now allows our coaches to focus on players more suited to the new defense. coaching is much more important than quasi arbitrary ranking of raw recruits. i remember Dooley’s first couple of years with inherited talent. they weren’t absolutely great, but people like Bob Taylor, Pat Hogsdon,Bob Etter, and Dickie Phillips, just to name a very few, played a very entertaining game; and win or lose, we always got to return to Athens.

Henry D.

February 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

Since Vince and Barbara are now bleeding orange, I sure am glad UGA did not paste his name all over Sanford stadium. I appreciate everything Vince has done for UGA and I understand him pulling for his son, but where would the Dooley family (including Derrick) be without UGA.

ToccoaDawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:43 pm

Its the guys like Alexander Ogeltree a 2 star that really wants to be a dawg, that excites me. Not the 5 star me me me guys.

Cal

February 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

I’m sorry I thought the name of the game when it came to college atheletics was to win national titles. Someone tell me how in the world you are going to do that with a pretty good recruiting class or as it’s described here a pretty solid recruiting class. Look at the past national champs and then look at their recruiting class. They are both related and if Georgia wants to win a national title which by the way I’m really starting to question they better start doing better.

Also, I take great exception to giving Richt a pass. That’s been the problem with Georgia at least one of them in a long long list of many problems. Richt and the coaching staff and the players are gven too many passes. Who gives a flying crap about 2 SEC titles the last one being 5 years ago. That’s great and all but his job is to win all the time not five years ago. The problem is that university and the fans included seem content with resting on the past. Forget the past what about the now?

Cosmos Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:48 pm

All in all i would rather have a lot of 5 star recruits instead of 3 and 4 stars, providing there are no character issues. I don’t know what’s happened but I am concerned that we are losing quite a few of our good commitments. Certainly the change in DC had some effect but this is more than I thought we would have. Losing Rogers would be a big loss. Hopefully, we”l get a big D tackle for the new defensive scheme. It would be nice to steal one or two away from another team. I hate to admit it but TN seems to be having a good recruiting class. Just a little worried at this point.

tulevol

February 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

I agree, I grow tired of the recruiting shenanigans, fueled by blogs such as this, so I guess I am part of the problem. I miss the old days, when a guy was judged on a saturday in the fall, not in early Feb.

VolsRule

February 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

And the slide continues………

Nice spin – this has been a disaster year for UGA football:
– 5 losses (several blowouts in there for added insult)
– Embarrassing loss to KY
– Fired staff
– Recruiting defections
– Tennessee has been down – but now gaining momentun (and still kicking UGA to the turf)
– Auburn is also a “hot” school
– Florida has clearly increased the distance between their program and Georgia’s
– Alabama passes UGA in Saban’s second year – and wins a NT in year 3.

– UGA just does not have any momentum or excitement – this school is now a backup or afterthought.

Go Vols!!

Ro man

February 2nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Big talk from a school whose head coach has a record of 17-20!

ButlerDawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:53 pm

A Vols fan calling this a “disaster” year for UGA??? That’s rich!

VolsRule

February 2nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Toccoa Dawg – It’s the guys like Alexander Ogletree that got Ray Goff fired. Certainly – there is an occasional diamond in the rough.

Nice try – UGA has lost momentum – is free falling back into the depths of the SEC – is not relevent – and you bring up Alexander Ogletree.

Maybe UGA will shock the world tomorrow by stealing several “under the radar kids” from UTC, UAB, GA Southern, Furman, and MTSU!!!

merbertmoover

February 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

aint nothin but a chickin wing….these recruits crazy…..athens easily the best school and town of all sec football baby, hands down baby….mmmm and that snelling pizza….mmmhmmm and the bolton brocolli….oh man, im hungrier than a pig in a pizza parlour, know what im sayin? go hawks

L-Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

I MEAN IT WHEN I SAY THIS….. IF DA’RICK WANTS TO BE A VOL, I DON’T WANT HIM TO BE A DAWG. IT SURE WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE HIM IN ATHENS, BUT HONESTLY…. WIDE RECEIVERS ARE NOT WHAT WE ARE LACKING RIGHT NOW.

HOPE HE MAKES WHAT DECISION IS IN HIS BEST INTEREST TOMORROW.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Bremen Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
12:56 pm

Was it Jimmie Johnson that never went after 5 star recruits and dominated in Miami??? you need talent but I don’t think the stars beside their name determine how good your program is. Lets get the talented players who bleed red and black.

Dawg #5

February 2nd, 2010
12:56 pm

Rogers jumps to Tenn!!!! BUT, What about that 5 star wide-out from Fla ????

tulevol

February 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Every team except maybe Bama had a little disaster last year. Personally, I think UGA’s complete beatdown at Neyland qualifies, but these recruiting wars are like the games, it is who wins the most gets to crow the most.

BANDITDAWGG

February 2nd, 2010
1:00 pm

I heard from a guy who heard from a guy who said rogers is vol. Who really gives a damn. Half of these 5stars never pan out any I dont want anybody who does not bleed red & balck end of story.So all dawg who probably never even attended UGA get a life and worry something more important like the people of Haiti and 11 percent unemployment now something to get your panties in a wad about.

Rick

February 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

You know its a bad sign when you see a picture of Da’rick Rogers kissing the “98 National Championship Trophy” UT won and cheering on a last minute win by UT over FL.

VolsRule

February 2nd, 2010
1:08 pm

ButlerDawg – remind you that we have owned UGA of late.

UGA had it going on – peaked in 2005 – but Florida and Alabama have now left UGA in the dust…. and UGA is no longer a “hot” program in the SEC. From the outside – what do you think the perception of UGA is?

These things go in cycles – and Tennessee is on the backend of their downcycle and focussing on catching up to Florida. Next year – we have horrible upperclassmen numbers – but beyond that – you can see the building and mometum taking place.

Richt has done a horrible job in regards to keeping the UGA’s momemtun – and basically has to rebuild and stop the downcycle. Maybe 2009 was a bottom out year – or a transition year.

DawginLex

February 2nd, 2010
1:09 pm

As long as AJ Green is back along with 9 other offensive starters, I’m not worried. I’m excited to see who will win the QB battle and how Grantham’s defense will perform. The talent is there to be aggressive instead of passive.

Not many of these kids who are signing tomorrow will play a down this fall. If UGA has a successful year, the recruiting for 2011 will follow.

gatorfan

February 2nd, 2010
1:10 pm

if da rick goes to tennessee bulldog fans shouldnt hate him but if he stick with uga vol fans shouldnt hate him its his choice could be the biggest one of hs life. so quit with the hating

hop

February 2nd, 2010
1:14 pm

Based on the very short tenure of the new defense coach Grantham,his presentation of the new defensive alignment has not closed the deal with nearly all defensive prospect.
it appears that he will need to sharpen his recruiting skills next year because we will need a huge defensive impact next year to make up with the poor class this year.

also, it maybe tine to determine the effectiveness of rodney gardiner with so many missed opportunities the last few years,maybe it is time to make a change there as well!

Grey Dog

February 2nd, 2010
1:17 pm

VolsRule…..that was funny! The coonhounds are crawling out from under the porch it seems! Orange rules in prison, picking up trash and hunting!

WonderDawg

February 2nd, 2010
1:19 pm

VolsRule, yeah UT is so relevant (note correct spelling) your coach left after 14 months … Go brush your tooth hillbilly.

UT or Bust

February 2nd, 2010
1:20 pm

I want Da’Rick Rogers to go where he wants to go. To wear the “G” is special, and he if doesn’t want to wear it, well, we don’t want him to either. But, if he does want to wear the “G”, he will be a ‘Dawg for life … and we welcome him to the Bulldog Nation. Whatever happens, everything will work out the way Da’Rick wants it. And that’s okay!!!

Buddy Curry made every tackle

February 2nd, 2010
1:23 pm

If a grown man tells you he is going to do something, then knowingly does not do it. he’s a liar. I don’t want a liar as a teamate. If he lies, he will steal. Da’rick think about the word committment. You have an opportunity to “do what you say you would do”, or lie. Good luck.

No worries

February 2nd, 2010
1:24 pm

I agree with SCDAWG. Rogers is only helping his buddy get a better scholarship offer. His announcement time is tomorrow at 9:45am. Once Nance has signed his Letter of Intent to play for the ‘Necks in Knoxville, Rogers will then spurn UT and sign with the Dawgs! But if not, the sun will still rise tomorrow….with or without Da’Rick.

Bulldog Mom

February 2nd, 2010
1:24 pm

He is going to sign with Tenn. He is in too deep with the Nance family and their money. Mr. Nance will do what is necessary to get his son a scholarship to Tenn. Keep in mind he first tried Georgia, but CMR told him no in the nicest way. I understand he was furious when Georgia offered another Georgia QB. I don’t think we want a father like that trying to have that much control over our program. At what point does Mr. Nance drop DR? What more can he do for his son???? Sure sounds like a cultivated relationship.

DirtyDawg

February 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

You know volunteers…I’m beginning to think that you folks have ‘crossed over the line’. By that I mean you’ve achieved a level of arrogance that rivals even Florida’s, and you ain’t even done nothin’ yet. Here I am all sympathetic for that whole Kiffin fiasco…plus we provide you with some Dooley class to pull you out of your funk…and you come on like none of that ever happened. Be careful, arrogance without achievement is about as low a human behavior as is possible.

If young Mr. Day-rick, or however his momma spells it, decides he’d rather go back on his word and head up to K-ville, then obviously it was meant to be. As has been said, if they aren’t committed enough to stick to their promise, then what else will they compromise on down the road? I’ll wish him well no matter what, and we’ll move on. But just remember UT, we’ve known you when and you’ve got a lot of character rebuilding to do before you regain the class and status that you once enjoyed.

TvilleDawg

February 2nd, 2010
1:28 pm

Biggest ommission is that there are only 2 offensive linemen that are in committment list – same mistake as 5 years ago…

Dick Nixon

February 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

If Auburn is having a great year recruiting it probaly means they will be back on probation.

William Andrews ran over people

February 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

I kind of hope Rick Rogers will go to UT. Don’t need that kind of drama queen at UGA. She needs to follow her boyfriend to ‘Necksville.

Da'Truf

February 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

Pull Da’Morons offer! Give it to someone with heart and wants to be a DAWG! Kick the Dooleys out of the stadium! Beat the heck out of 2nd loser head coach that the Vols hired.

DAWG_poop

February 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

News Flash: Da’Rick wants to be in the NFL. He realizes that Tennessee gives him a much better shot of attaining that dream than UGA. Joe Football Fan knows that, too.

I’ll give you guys credit; you do have some good alums that are in the NFL (Champ Bailley, Hines Ward, et al) but Tennessee has a track record of putting more players in the pro’s year-in-and-out than the Bull Puppies. This is a career decision for this young man, and he realizes the magnitude of it.

Y’all have done a great job of showing your true colors to a bunch of kids w/ your crap on the boards. I would hope that you would cheer on your in-state HS talent wherever they go. This just goes to show how classless UGA fans are. You don’t see the GT fans acting like a bunch of petulant children like you taters do. That’s what I think.

Go Big Orange! We run this state.

Dawg Fud

February 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

This is not a slight at Da’Rick or his abilities, but i believe Mike Thornton is where we should be targeting our focus. We need a talented DL some kinda badly!

Would like for Da’Rick to go where his heart is. If that’s Tenn, then so be it.

we took a Tenn WR recruit last year on signing day. what goes around comes around. c’est la vie.