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

auburntiger

February 2nd, 2010
4:22 pm

Just an FYI – Rivals no longer has DaRick listed as a GA commitment – maybe he’s let the coaches know he’s not signing with them. Too bad, dawgs!

Calhoundawg

February 2nd, 2010
4:25 pm

It absolutely amazes me at what brings the Big Orange losers out of the woodwork from time to time. Last time it was “It’s Time” Kiffin, who turned out to be a far bigger joke than anyone could have imagined. Now, it’s a “big recruiting class” and a man named Dooley that has the Vols “on the rise.” What a pathetic joke. Tennessee started downhill with two losing seasons in three years, one bowl win in the last five, and get this ……….a several hundred thousand dollar bonus to Phil Fulmer if he won EIGHT games!!!! Now it’s down to one player — one player that will change history for the Creamsicle Nation. News Flash to the idiots who try to denigrate CMR — he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. You only post your stupid s*** on the AJC blogs because nobody reads yours. Georgia fans love Coach Richt and can’t wait to see our beloved Red & Black on the field in 2010. Tennessee fans be honest with yourselves, you’ll be doing nothing but holding your breath again this year. Maybe you can almost beat Florida again this year. UGA had their worst record under Mark Richt this year and still finished with a better record (and a bowl win) than you. I’m Proud To Be A Georgia Bulldog. Go Dawgs !!!!

Neubi

February 2nd, 2010
4:26 pm

What’s a “tater”?

fayncdawg

February 2nd, 2010
4:26 pm

Isn’t it true that one recruit defected because Georgia got rid of Slick Willie?? If it’s true, then we don’t need the fool! We see what top-5 recruits amount to with Slick Willie Con Artist at the helm. I’m glad that this recruiting class is ONLY top-10. Coaches will have to coach better. The bad coaching that has taken place the last two seasons will have to cease. And I honestly believe that the bad coaching was brought on by these “top-5 recruiting classes.”

robodawg

February 2nd, 2010
4:28 pm

There does seem to be a pretty big dropoff between a No. 1 or 2 recruiting class and No. 5 or 6 or 8 or wherever they end up ranking us. Player character and development counts for a lot, of course, so that with good coaching you can load up on 3 stars that match up on the field pretty well with 5 stars. But when Florida and Bama are stocking their lines and their defenses with 5 star players, that’s a lot to keep up with. We’re still signing some great players on D, it looks like our O line is getting enough fresh talent that it will remain strong, and we’ve got some young stars emerging in the secondary and at receiver (Rogers would be great to have, but he’s not a MUST HAVE in the way that Lattimore is for USC and Auburn, at least in 2010 while we still have AJ). But this year it does feel like we’re a few impact players short on D from hanging with the nation’s best.

I’m sure other coaches are trying to scare recruits away from our switch to the 3-4. Once we take the talent we have on D and show what we can do with it, that should change.

Pickin and Grinnin

February 2nd, 2010
4:29 pm

Yeah I think Robey left bc slick willie wooed him.

fayncdawg

February 2nd, 2010
4:35 pm

Robodawg, you make very good points. But remember that this year’s Bama D was composed of players who on average had less than four stars (barely averaged 3.5 stars). Georgia’s D was right at four stars. COACHING!!

Carl Spackler

February 2nd, 2010
4:36 pm

old dawg…couldn’t agree more about playing Cox last year…what purpose could that have served…now when you try to get a WR how do you sell it…Met is a QB that’s not athletic, unless he some how improved a whole bunch…Gray was a better QB than Met in HS, and with all his athletic ability he couldn’t grasp the QB position from Cox…Murray may be a better athlete than he is a QB and thats saying a lot…wonder what Charles, Brown, Wooten, etc. thought when they looked across the huddle at Cox last season…I know what AJ thought and you didn’t have to go any further than the exchange (or lack thereof) between Cox and Green on the sidelines during the bowl game when Cox hung him out like a piece of meat…recruits have to take into consideration the coaching staff when they see a mess like UGA had last year at QB, and thenanother school looks a little better…any more on Green from Tampa, heard it was down to FSU and UGA…

MattDawg

February 2nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Just saw that Rivals had Rogers as a Tennessee commit for about 5 minutes and now he is listed as uncommitted. I dont know if that was a slip up on rivals part or if he has already told them and they released it early.

Dawgs Own UT

February 2nd, 2010
4:39 pm

That 2009 GA loss to ut was a fluke. The dawgs and bama will be the top 2 in the SEC for years to come, since florida lost all their good coaches, a ton of talent, and hired a D coordinator who bombed out with the miami dolphins! Dawgs back on top in 2010–bet the house!

Mike Dawggin

February 2nd, 2010
4:55 pm

ESPN has Georgia’s recruiting class at #4, I think it might go up or down a little after tomorrow’s letters are signed.

it will be top 10 again though, no matter what.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/classrankings?&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2fclassrankings

SickandTired

February 2nd, 2010
4:55 pm

Hmmmm, Mark Richt trending down…can’t coach, now he can’t recruit…..the hand writing is on the wall…it’s over for him in Athens…..7-5 this fall and he’s gone.

DirtyDawg

February 2nd, 2010
5:04 pm

hey catsfly…you see there’s a difference in the kid ‘de-comminting’ to go to Tennessee and the one that’s jilted you guys to come to Georgia…exactly what it is I’m not sure except to say that the kid from Greenville has seen the light, and the Calhoun one has gone astray.

Suppose the fact that young Mr. Gates had wanted to play at Georgia – shoot, Greenville is basically an Athens bedroom community – all along but we were being too cheep with our OL offers. Rogers, on the other hand, seems to be influenced by the well-to-do father of his team-mate at Calhoun – we’ll see how that works out for him, his buddy and for Tennessee…assuming it happens that is.

ATLVOL55

February 2nd, 2010
5:05 pm

I’ll believe it when I see it…still think he will go to UGA. Come up to Rocky Top, Da’Rick, we would love to have you with Ambles as well…

Look this is no different then when UGA got Marlon Brown from Memphis last year..

Bottom line is TN currently has 1 (that’s right 1) player committed from the state of Tennessee and that is not that unusual. We have always had to go raid other states for players. Just look at the stats…most players in the NFL come from California, Florida, Texas, and fourth…the state of Georgia…

It is a miracle TN is as competitive as they are with such a lack of instate talent…that’s not sour grapes….just facts

Dr. Statisto

February 2nd, 2010
5:10 pm

Tennessee’s population is less than half that of Georgia. They are bound to have fewer prospects.

South FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

February 2nd, 2010
5:10 pm

wonderdawg…scout.com has Gates, but lists Robey as now having no interest in UGA.

Red Auerbach

February 2nd, 2010
5:12 pm

I’m pretty sure Rick Robey has no collegiate eligibility left.

Bruce

February 2nd, 2010
5:14 pm

The story I get from my relatives in Calhoun is that Nash Nance was at Darlington in Rome. His dad or his family paid for the artificial turf to be installed at Calhoun High School and Nash transferred back home to Calhoun and became the starting QB. Lets just hope Mr. Rogers is not part of a package deal just to get Mr. Nance a scholarship. Once again, I don’t know this as a fact, but this is what I was told.

dawgster

February 2nd, 2010
5:18 pm

Listen folks, if you think by losing Rogers is a sign that the dawg coaches are not doing their job you are highly mistaken…think about it, the kid is in the situation he is in with the Nance family and don’t know what is homelife is like or has been, but the relationship he has would be hard for any coach to overcome, other than Coach Richt offering a scholarship to the Nance kid, he didn’t for whatever reason and thus the wheels started turning for the Nance family and Rogers…Do you ever think that these kids make decisions for numerous reasons and does not always mean a failure in the coaching staff…A lot of these kids enjoy going out of state and playing, sometimes for immediate playing time, school tradition, the coaches, friends that are already there or sometimes just to go against what everyone thinks…Don’t get caught up or down about this years class…, everyone wanted coaches fired and that happened, thus we probably lost some recruits as did other programs…

Bill E. Goat

February 2nd, 2010
5:21 pm

Dawgs own UT

Youre a moron if you think UGA is anywhere close to UF in terms of talent or coaching. Get a clue.

dad with kid being recruited

February 2nd, 2010
5:23 pm

The problem with these sites, is that no one here is really in the know. Now my kid is not a top flight d1 prospect , but he did get tot go to some of the d1 schools on visits and I can tell you that some of these kids are being swayed by those who don’t have the kids best interests in heart. Rodgers is a prime example….Nash is not a d! prospect without rodgers,…his dad is a tool and up here in calhoun we all know it and have seen it since middles school. UGA fans if rodgers doens’t come to UGA..don’t sweat it .. College football is about linemen and QB the rest you can find from and small school…..look around the NFL and you will find alot of them from small schools….

not da'rick

February 2nd, 2010
5:26 pm

A calhoun source has confirmed that da’rick called Mark Richt last night and informed him that he will be signing with tennessee tomorrow.Oh well….Wear those ugly ass orange jerseys. They are almost as bad as tech’s. We’ll put the hit man Jakir Hamilton on you and see iff you catch a pass against us for 4 years. Don’t do it Da’rick…

Gen Neyland

February 2nd, 2010
5:29 pm

Are we having fun yet..?

Mrs. Vandebilt

February 2nd, 2010
5:32 pm

Bill, it’s a good thing Georgia signs a Top 10 recruiting class every year. Otherwise, Kentucky might have beaten you all by four or five touchdowns.

WAG

February 2nd, 2010
5:32 pm

I HAVE NOTICED THAN DA RICK IS NO LONGER ON UGAS WEBSITE AS A COMMIT. THEY TOOK HIM OFF NOT TOO LONG AGO. ROBEY WAS STILL ON RIVALS BUT NOT SCOUT.COM.

dad

February 2nd, 2010
5:34 pm

why the hell is a punk 18 yr old holding dawg nation by the nads….He does mean anything to this class except a star rating which if you read David Hales blog you will see that there is no direct correlation to success on Sat’s. We recruited need not stars…Remebrer last yr guys

WAG

February 2nd, 2010
5:40 pm

ROBEY IS GONE TOO. SEE YA. IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE A DAWG WE DONT NEED YA.

hammerhead

February 2nd, 2010
5:41 pm

If we need any help stopping Da’Rick and Nash Nance, we can just called the Buford coaching staff… They didn’t have any problem stopping Calhoun in the last two State Championship games.

hammerhead

February 2nd, 2010
5:42 pm

loopdawg

February 2nd, 2010
5:48 pm

if you guys needed confirmation as to whether we are dealing with an 18 year old man or boy why don’t you check out his Twitter http://twitter.com/darickrogers. Verbally arguing with angry fans. Real class act.

Bulldog59

February 2nd, 2010
5:56 pm

Any word on some of the other guys, like Christian Green?

Bulldog59

February 2nd, 2010
6:09 pm

I think Da’Rick will meet Jakar Hamilton and Baccari Rambo in a violent fashion in the fall. He will be a marked man as soon as he takes the field. Not to worry Da’Rick, UT’s offense, aka the “three and out” will limit our chances to hit you.

LifelongDawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

I’ve learned that this ranking is not nearly as important as it appears. The idea is to get the most out them as you can on the field and educate them as much as possible in the classroom.

Carl Spackler

February 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Mike

February 2nd, 2010
7:27 pm

Everyone needs to keep 2 things foremost in their thoughts regarding Georgia’s football program this coming season – (1) Beating Florida, and (2) Playing for the conference championship in December. Nothing else matters, nothing. Not who the quarterback is going to be, not Da’Rick Rogers or Roy Rogers or Gene Autry or whoever deciding not to join the Bulldogs, not who the defensive coordinator is, not what defense will be run, etc.. If those 2 things don’t happen, the upcoming season will be a total bust. Fans and the University need to end the love fest with Mark Richt and start looking at reality. Just look at the numbers. The numbers don’t lie.

Fladawg

February 2nd, 2010
7:42 pm

Ritch is a man of his word…something that matters in the short and long run. Flip-Flop recruits are a dime a dozen. I am proud to be a dawg and very happy with how Ritch runs the program.

Greg

February 2nd, 2010
8:03 pm

Go Dawgs! Thanks to all of our coaches for showing class and doing a great job!

1966 Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
8:12 pm

Maybe Vols are giving Nash Nance and Da’Rick a free rent apartment as part of their deal like the one they are giving Jacques McLendon from Tennessee which I think NCAA should be checking out that is the word from one of Jacques coaches who thought he should go to GA

small town

February 2nd, 2010
9:06 pm

PANTS ON THE GROUND, PANTS ON THE GROUND! ORANGE HAT TURNED SIDEWAYS,
GOLD TOOTH IN THE MOUTH, DON’T ACT LIKE A FOOL!

Danny G

February 2nd, 2010
10:07 pm

Wow. I got censored and I didn’t cuss or anything, What is up with that ajc? Now I have another reason why I canceled my subscription years ago. Free Speech! Free Speech!!! You bunch of liberal pantywastes.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

February 2nd, 2010
10:37 pm

Vols, y’all are up way past your bedtime! Remember the short bus comes to pick you up at 7:30 a.m.!

DAWGBONE

February 2nd, 2010
10:53 pm

the “Creamsicle Nation” is melting! The only reason anyone would jump ship to rocky slop is the cubbard is bare. Who’s going to throw the rock to any WR in orange. You hire a coach with a losing record and then have the audacity to bash Richt. Sounds like Dawg envy to me. Pathetic hillbillies…

hind tit

February 2nd, 2010
11:35 pm

the ncaa needs to get a firm grip on this commitment crap. if they don’t their just as classless as these silly kids with their ear rings, nose rings, titty rings and whatever else they got stuck in their body. this is suposed to be about education first, which is free. if a kid calls the coach and the press and commits to a school after his jr. year having the grades should have to sign a letter of intent right then and there binding him to that school. that would stop this jerking the schools, coaches, and fans around. make them live up to their word.

the real OLD GOLD

February 2nd, 2010
11:59 pm

I’m from Calhoun, and I’ve heard first hand all you you flea bags talk about Rogers like he was a god on earth and lust over him in the stands at Calhoun (Yellow Jacket) football games for the past year and a half… Now all of a sudden he follows his best friend to UT and you bad mouth him. He’s going to a better school, with more loyal fans and a bigger stage to a place that can and will actually win championships.. Enjoy.

Rome Vol

February 3rd, 2010
12:02 am

Will believe it when he signs his letter….but it sounds for real. If so…..welcome to Big Orange Country!

RED DOG 77

February 3rd, 2010
12:03 am

UGA will get who we need, and mabe a few unexpected pickups on Wednesday. We already have the talent to compete for an SEC championship. More than likely it will take one year to polish a new QB and get the new 3-4 hitting on all cylinders. 2011 is fat with prospects, would love to save a few for then. 2010 will show a vast improvement over 2009, and 2011 should be our year to compete for the MNC.Da Rick Rogers ? Hell people by this fall you dont think the UGA coaching staff wont be able to teach Marlon Brown some downfield blocking…..Thats what kept big Marlon off the field……seriously DOG NATION we will be just fine, dont listen to the ‘CRAP ARTISTS’ who post here……GO DOGS !!!! GATA !!!!!

aubietiger

February 3rd, 2010
12:04 am

Sounds like Da’Rick made a wise decision. UT is on the way up in the east….GA not so much. War Eagle!!!

CrimsonTideBaby

February 3rd, 2010
12:07 am

Just watch the puppies turn tomorrow. If Rogers reverses and signs with the pups….he is the best thing ever. If he signs with UT….we don’t need him…he is terrible, etc. Ga is the worst fan base ever. Hope the guy goes to Knoxville. Roll Tide!

HomoDawg

February 3rd, 2010
12:24 am

Paul Johnson is SOOO ugly!!! Turkey neck!! Man boobs!!! EWWWWWW.

Ken at kgussports.blogspot.com

February 3rd, 2010
1:44 am

Brett Favre was not highly recruited out of high school and neither was Doug Flutie. the “star” system is subjective. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.