By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Calhoun — There are two things Da’Rick Rogers wants to work on before he makes the transition from Yellow Jacket (Calhoun High variety) to Bulldog (University of Georgia variety).
The first is winning a Class AA championship, which the Yellow Jackets came close to doing last year, despite being blown out 45-21 in the final by the machine that is Buford. The second is for the 6-foot-3, 206-pound rising senior receiver to refine his techniques.
“Mainly my route running,” Rogers said Tuesday, moments after announcing that he’d committed to Georgia over Florida and Mississippi State. “I went to a Georgia practice and watched A.J. Green run routes and he’s smooth. My strength and speed are all right, but I’ve got to work on my route running.”
According to his mother, Rogers came by his unique first name the honest way. His sister, Deebra, nine years his senior, chose the name, apostrophe and all. That’s the name that Rogers hopes to make famous playing between the hedges in Athens. He said choosing Georgia was “extremely difficult” but figured whichever school he picked would work out. In the end, Georgia’s recruiting push and the relationships he forged with head coach Mark RIcht, assistants Mike Bobo, Stacy Searels and Tony Ball won him over.
“You can’t go wrong with an SEC school,” Rogers said. “All of them have great coaches and great prestige.”