Calhoun’s Rogers: Working on title, routes

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

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.”

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18 comments Add your comment

Calhoun Dawg

June 9th, 2009
3:54 pm

Glad to have you in the DawgNation, Da’Rick! I have a feeling that Da’Rick will be Da’bomb in Athens with his size, strength and speed as he catches bombs for the Dawgs! Da’Rick will be a Damn Good Dawg!!

Ben

June 9th, 2009
4:14 pm

Welcome to dawg nation son. You’ll be a part of it for life.

gatorman770

June 9th, 2009
5:17 pm

Welcome to #2 in the SEC East Da’Rick….ain’t it great to be a Curdawg!

BeachGaBulldog

June 9th, 2009
5:19 pm

Man, we are locked and loaded at the WR position! GO DAWGS!!!

Classless Gator...suprised?

June 9th, 2009
6:18 pm

Nice **Gatorman770**. Greatest day in a kids young life and you want to talk smack…try this…Hey congrats to you Da’Rick. Best of luck to you and I wish you well.

gatorman770

June 9th, 2009
6:51 pm

LOL…………..read classless Curdawg comments in http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2009/06/09/top-receiver-rogers-choose-dogs/?cxntfid=blogs_recruiting
if you want to hear classless! Curdawgs can talk smack, but can’t take smack!

sorry to say,

June 9th, 2009
7:33 pm

but the young man will have hard time getting in. His grades are going to be a problem. Local knowledge, sorry mutts.

Maddog

June 9th, 2009
11:57 pm

sorry to say, seems like I heard the same about Ealey and at least 5 other recruits from last year. The only recruit I haven’t heard passing the grade yet is Geathers. Try something else.

Me

June 10th, 2009
12:26 am

Congratulations and Welcome to the Dawg Nation. You must be one heck of a ball player based on all the jealous comments from those making them who did not get your services at their program (not that they ever attended college). Good Luck!

exNFLplayer

June 10th, 2009
7:45 am

A.J. Green. Marlon Brown. Da’Rick Rogers. Lot of speed, size, and athletic ability among those three. And then there’s Orson Charles. Can’t wait to see these guys.

boodawg14

June 10th, 2009
7:49 am

Congrats to Rogers and also Nash Nance who committed to Vandy yesterday. Rogers will be fine and won’t have a problem getting in to UGA. Looking forward to seeing these two on the field on Friday nights this fall…

to bad pups

June 10th, 2009
9:00 am

Madpup I invite you to go or call Calhoun High and find out for yourself. Do you know what local knowledge means? If not, let me help you. Everyone and their brother in Calhoun knows the deal with DaRick. His grades are going to be a problem, maybe he can find that guy that got Ealey in?

Voice of Reason

June 10th, 2009
9:15 am

Maybe if your grades were better you would know that it is “too” bad pups, not “to” bad pups. I also highly doubt you can call a high school and get someone’s grades. You people talk about every player that ever commits to UGA not being able to qualify. We have heard it over and over about all of our recruits and yet, there is only one that has yet to qualify. Move on to something else. It is getting old.

Jefferson

June 10th, 2009
9:32 am

When Durham (Calhoun) signed with UGA you never heard anything but good things about him AND he continues to be a leader on the field and in the classroom. So its not always that way, where its always someone not going to make it. Time will tell if the young man will actually makes it to Clark County,.

Dawgtime

June 10th, 2009
6:21 pm

I’m never surprised at the ignorance and egalitarian behavior spewed on these sites. A Gator fan comes on a UGA blog and talks trash. The blogger then returns some time later to check for responses. That tells me that that person wants to provoke a negative response. It is senseless to reason with these peons. Making an inciting comment and then returning to hope for responses indicates a strong need for attention. That is so sad. The poor person had actually copied a comment from a previous blog to justify their belief. That is pathetic. If you feel that the Gators are superior, why are you reading UGA blogs? Yes, we all know everyone is jumping on the Gator bandwagon now. In a few years, it will be a different team. No loyalty. It used to be FSU and UM. You have no strong convictions so you hope to irritate others. In truth, no one cares. In terms of people speculating on this young man’s grades, I have to ask how any of you would have access to his grades. That sounds like a load of crapolla. As the parent of a high school child, I am well aware of the confidential nature of grades. If you are not the kid’s teacher or a parent, then you are just spreading questionable gossip or it could be someone just making up lies. I personally believe the second choice. UGA would not offer a kid that has no hope of qualifying. Half of the south offered this kid. The coaches have access to information that the peons cannot realize. To many bloggers are full of B.S. I welcome this young man to the UGA family. I am very impressed with his tape. I called a cousin that lives in the area and he told me that the kid is a nice young man. So much for all the UGA haters and the composures of lies. Go Dawgs..

PunishEmDawg

June 10th, 2009
10:26 pm

Just be happy for the kid! If there are issues, whether character or academic, hopefully he can work them out his senior year of high school and take advantage of this educational opportunity from UGA. Go Dawgs! Beat UF and Wreck Tech!

MikkUGA

June 11th, 2009
8:58 pm

Of course other teams (especially gators) are going to come here and talk trash. They can see the changes coming. UGA’s Wr group has already been touted to be the best in the nation in 10 and 11. The Wrs with Charles and White and QBs Gray/Murray and Mett are sick. Great oline and a great group of RBs. Alot of defnsive stars coming in…… the writing is on the wall.

Halsey

June 12th, 2009
7:14 am

He’s not just any Rick, he’s Da’ Rick! Hopefully he will be Da’Man at UGA!