Georgia lands ‘other’ Treasure Coast LB

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Georgia has landed a linebacker from Treasure Coast High in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but not the one everybody talks about.

Jeff Luc is the linebacker who shows up on all the recruiters’ radars, but Deon Rogers is the guy who shows up on Georgia’s commitment list today after the Bulldogs conducted another successful foray into Sunshine State territory.

“Every recruiter that has talked to Luc ended up talking to Deon on their way out,” Treasure Coast coach Bill Kelley told the Palm Beach Post.

Georgia, however, is the one that actually got Rogers, whose height and weight vary markedly depending on which source you choose to believe. He is anywhere from 6 feet 1 to 6-3, anywhere from 179 pounds to 205.

In any case, he marks the 10th member of the Class of 2010 to commit to the Bulldogs, easily the most prominent football on the list of schools who had offered him (Buffalo, Duke, Florida International, Western Michigan).

He’s the second D. Rogers to commit to the Dogs, joining Calhoun receiver Da’Rick Rogers. The linebacker Rogers had 40 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and one fumble recovery last season for Treasure Coast.

The Dogs would love to make a package deal out of Rogers and Luc, who had 119 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and four pass break ups last season and was an all-area selection.

141 comments Add your comment

toph

June 26th, 2009
11:02 am

Have they talked about playing at the same school together? From his stats and measurements, Deon sounds like a good football player who may, at this point, be a sleeper. I would love to have Luc follow in his teammates footsteps and pick the Dawgs!

Glenn

June 26th, 2009
11:28 am

No more need for UGA fans to give GA Tech grief over their recruits any more.

Deon chose UGA over chose Georgia over Duke, Buffalo, Florida International and Western Michigan.

ButtsMehreSniffer

June 26th, 2009
11:29 am

If Tech had beat out the likes of Duke, Buffalo, W. Mich. and FI for a recruit, the dawggies would be on here howling with laughter.

Good luck to the young man.

Glenn

June 26th, 2009
11:30 am

Sorry for the double up…

Atticus

June 26th, 2009
11:32 am

You are correct Glenn. Recruiting doesn’t matter much. BCS bowl wins, conference titles, top 10 finishes and series records are all that matters.

Mkay

June 26th, 2009
11:35 am

This commitment is a little confusing. But, I will say that college football coaches know how to spot talent, not columnists for the AJC or Rivals.com, whom have probably never played a down in their life. We’ll see…

ButtsMehreSniffer

June 26th, 2009
11:36 am

6 of 10 FL recruits; if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em?

DesertDawg

June 26th, 2009
11:53 am

This is a great pick up for the Dawgs! He is good friends with Jeff Luc and now they can both carpool together to and from Athens. There were a bunch of big time schools that were starting to show interest in this kid like Ohio State, UNC, Miami, and UF but the Dawgs beat theam to the punch. Yes Sir!

richard cranium

June 26th, 2009
11:53 am

Very tough recruiting battle with Duke, Buffalo, W. Mich. and F.I….

Way to go leghumpers!! Wahhhoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

SEC

June 26th, 2009
12:03 pm

sounds great for a safety

BIrd

June 26th, 2009
12:25 pm

Why do Tech fans come here? They should be out cruising for women…oh, wait. Sorry for that. Whens the last time they finished in the top 10? Exactly. One win in 8 years and then they come out to talk. Classic Tech. They talk like they’re USC with the tradition of Wake Forest.

Ben

June 26th, 2009
12:25 pm

He’ll end up as a hard hiting safety in Athens. Mark my words. He has the perfect build for it and a lot of speed.

BLAZER

June 26th, 2009
12:25 pm

2ND IN THE EAST` IS ALL THAT MATTERS.

quaildawg

June 26th, 2009
12:36 pm

Yeah we beat out Ft. Valley State for some safety named Davis. Last time I checked he was starting in the NFL. This just means he has something to prove. I will wait until 4-5 years from now to evaluate the Coaches decision to offer.

Puzzled

June 26th, 2009
12:41 pm

I hope Jancek knows what he’s doing here. Surely this isn’t some kind of package play, it’s stupid to waste or even risk a scholarship when you’re in Georgia’s position. Every ’ship counts and every ’ship is needed.

We got in trouble around 2004 and ‘05 when we got a little lazy with our selectivity, perhaps thinking we could afford a few risks. And it came back to bite us.

I hope this is a case of Rogers being so good we had no choice but to offer. But I don’t have a good feeling about it.

Gator Growl

June 26th, 2009
12:55 pm

Sounds a little like a package ploy. If they can get Luc then it will definitely be worth it but I think Luc will stay in state. And sometimes those “sleepers” end up pretty good, sometimes even better than the higher rated guy.

Georgia

June 26th, 2009
1:01 pm

I dont think Georgia offer anybody, they must have seen something special in this kid! his measurments are very good 4.48 s in 40, thats not bad, I hope he can keep the same speed when he adds 20 or more lb.

Paddy

June 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

Mr Rogers is now in the neighborhood. Congrats.

Ryno

June 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

Nothing wrong with doing a package deal, especially if you’re behind everyone else chasing the main prize. The throw-in might stay a year or two, then look for a chance to play at the smaller school he was meant for all along.

Aj

June 26th, 2009
1:33 pm

Great point quaildawg! David Pollack was not a big prospect when he came to UGA and he did great. I hope we can get a couple of D-tackles in the next few commits. That is one postion that we will need to address with Owens, Westin and Atkins heading to the NFL after this season.

theTruth

June 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

Sounds like they got this kid where they can get Luc. Same thing is going down for Ogletree, they have offered his brother.

Diamond Dawg

June 26th, 2009
1:38 pm

Just because he may not be big time right now does not mean he won’t be in two years after a redshirt. He already has the speed, after a yr of putting on some mucsle he’ll be ready to roll.

chad

June 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

That a way to convince yourselves that he’s going to be a good player. He is not rankied by any recruiting service, he is only a ONE Star player. What is wrong with the might bull pups? Are you guys slipping a bit? Ya’ll really beat out some big boys for this guy. Duke, Fla. International, W. Mich., Buffalo. You girls want to crack on Tech’s recruits, now that is funny. Hypocrites, hypocrites, hypocrites, hpocrites.

Nick

June 26th, 2009
1:51 pm

Smart move by GA. Clearly just a move to try and get Luc though. They dont have many scholarships this year and wouldn’t have used one on a lower tier prospect like this kid otherwise. Congrats to the kid though. Hope he does well against everybody except GT.

Nick

June 26th, 2009
1:55 pm

And about theTruths comment about Ogletree. I would do everything possible to get that kid. I saw him play last year and he is unreal. The best high school football player i have ever witnessed second to Trey Blackmon from Lagrange a few yrs back.

Spike

June 26th, 2009
1:56 pm

Uh, Daryl, Treasure Coast High School is in Port St. Lucie, Fl, not Palm Beach. They are about 60 miles apart.

MattDawg

June 26th, 2009
2:01 pm

Great now we have 4 Line backers per Rivals. We are still after Jeff Luc who would be Line backer number 5!! Do we have enough? I would like to see some D-Linemen and O-Linemen. Cant ever have enough of them. Deon, if you are reading this, I still want you to come I just wonder why we have so many Linebackers this year.

Saint Simons

June 26th, 2009
2:03 pm

There are 5 star recruits that are busts, and there are 1 and 2 star recruits that turn out to be solid. There are also the guys that couldn’t qualify for water boy. All they do is go to other schools sites and spew BS!

Saint Simons

June 26th, 2009
2:05 pm

The last post was an imposter. Everyone knows that I could never post anything that intelligent! Also, I am gay!

Reality Check

June 26th, 2009
2:11 pm

Chad – You’re an IDIOT! GT has 4 commits that aren’t ranked. That doesn’t mean they are 1 stars, it just means there wasn’t enough information for that recruit to be evaluated by the recruiting analyst yet. Thanks for sharing your GT football expertise. We really appreciate it!

SEC

June 26th, 2009
2:12 pm

I highly doubt he will be used at linebacker. He will or should be a safety for us, which we needed very badly.

SEC

June 26th, 2009
2:15 pm

recruiting someone that plays the linebacker position in highschool is a very versitile recruit. They could go to DE(pollack), safety or just linebacker. Its never a problem to have too many kids listed as a linebacker.

anotherdawg

June 26th, 2009
2:22 pm

SEC, you’re absolutely right. It’s like shortstops, pitchers, quarterbacks, etc are generally good athletes that can be played in several positons. How many linebackers have we seen that play d.line or running back? Also, how bout the guy’s heart? Just curious, anybody know how many stars Rennie Curran had?

anotherdawg

June 26th, 2009
2:23 pm

How many stars was Carlton Thomas?

anotherdawg

June 26th, 2009
2:26 pm

I believe Andy Bailey had more stars than Brandon Coutu

chad

June 26th, 2009
2:27 pm

Reality check, all I’m doing is repeating the crap that comes out of every other ugay blogger. Is there a problem when someone throws it back in your face? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAa WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA stop crying Bit*h.

SEC

June 26th, 2009
2:30 pm

Its not a prob Chad. I’m not one of the idiots that do it on your blog so i just ignore you. But i have seen the comments. Now your the idiot on our blog. Hey someone had to take the job, well done.

Long Dawg

June 26th, 2009
2:33 pm

You never know till they get on the field. I had never heard of Green or Pollack till they showed up on the field and Veron Hayes would have been a killer tailback if he had played there all 4 years. Never heard of him before the hob-nail Tennessee game. For a 5 star recruit I thought Stafford was very inconsistent and made major blunders in big games (see interceptions in Florida and Tech games). Aron Murry will be much better in my opinion. He is more of a warrior. Stafford was too passive and looked afraid to get hit.

SEC

June 26th, 2009
2:35 pm

Enexactly anotherdawg,

In high school pollack played linebacker and fullback. He became a force at DE at UGA. The only other prospect we had for safety was from a junior college. We needed some depth there and i think this one did it. Good pick up

Anthony Wilson

June 26th, 2009
2:35 pm

The coaches know what their doing! Look at the Gators class.They have two one star commits. The coaches put these players throught the drills,etc. They know talent when they see it. Look at the Bennett kid. He was offered after camp and he was evaluated.

SEC

June 26th, 2009
2:35 pm

Reality Check

June 26th, 2009
2:37 pm

Very mature Chad. How old are you? So what you are saying is that because someone else has no sense its ok for you to? We both have some stupid fans, it works both ways but that is never an excuse to write meaningless dribble which makes no sense. So my guess is you usually have no sense and also know very little about sports. You just make baby noises with you writing and use obscentities because you have no point.

JaxDawg

June 26th, 2009
2:44 pm

Tim Jennings only had one offer on the table on signing day (from S.Carolina STATE)and I don’t think he was even ranked on any recruiting service boards.

Recruiting services are good to give you an idea of how good players SHOULD be, but as we all know it’s not an exact science. The coaches must have seen something they liked about him to go ahead and offer.

Reality Check

June 26th, 2009
2:45 pm

JaxDawg you are correct and now Mr. Jennings is playing on Sundays.

Knuckle Sandwich

June 26th, 2009
2:47 pm

Not many big schools offered Rennie Curran, either. I trust UGA’s ability to recruit LB’s

Sanford Drive

June 26th, 2009
2:53 pm

Good to know we’re getting scrubs. Fantastic.

Paddy

June 26th, 2009
3:13 pm

Chad if you are rating this player on what the scouting services says and the number of stars, you have missed the whole point of good scouting by good coaches. Theirs is the only opinion that matters. My guess you have never had to earn your paycheck based on your ability to predict what 17 year olds will accomplish. It is a tough task to evaluate talent.

chad

June 26th, 2009
3:14 pm

Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah and Blah. Say again? It must suck to be an ass sniffer. Keep kidding yourselves bull pups.

Glenn

June 26th, 2009
3:15 pm

My only point was that UGA fans have no problem ragging on GA Tech when they get commitments from recruits that aren’t so highly rated. That doesn’t mean they aren’t quality players, or won’t be quality players; it does mean that that door swings both ways. That same principle goes for Tech’s recruits as well.

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 26th, 2009
3:16 pm

I have been making this 500 piece puzzle and some pieces fit others don’t. Good luck young man and I hope the dogs will say the same about out non-5star players, but dogs will be dogs. They are great and everybody else don’t know crap about a low rated recruit. Enjoy your college years and don’t let your friends & teamates see your GATOR underwear.