UGA 5-star commit Da’Rick Rogers not swayed by UT

About the time Da’Rick Rogers got a coveted fifth star added to his recruiting ranking, the Calhoun wide receiver and University of Georgia commitment also got an impromptu visit from Tennessee.

Ed Orgeron, Lane Kiffin’s right-hand man in recruiting, dropped in at Calhoun High to try to get a foot in the door of Rogers’ recruitment.

“Yeah, Coach O came by a couple of weeks ago,” Calhoun coach Hal Lamb said. “He kind of  ‘bumped into’ Da’Rick like they all do. But that was the extent of it.”

Rogers was not particularly impressed.

“He’s a Georgia Bulldog,” Lamb said. “He’s solid.”

Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 207-pound senior, has been committed to Georgia since early June. And it’s going to be hard to pry Rogers away from the Bulldogs.

Lamb’s father, Ray Lamb, has been Georgia’s coordinator of high school relations since 1993. Not surprisingly, Rogers has been a regular at the Bulldogs’ football camps ever since he came under the tutelage of Hal Lamb at Calhoun.

It has been a relatively quiet season for Rogers considering his lofty status. After busting out with a monster game against rival Dalton in the season opener, Rogers’ highlight moments have been more spaced out the latter half of the season.

“He’s catching five or six balls a game,” said Lamb, who has Vanderbilt commitment Nash Nance at quarterback. “The last couple of games he’s only played a half. But once we get in the playoffs he’ll need to make a lot of  plays for us.”

Rogers and the Yellow Jackets should get a good test this week. They play Adairsville, which features a pair of FBS commitments in offensive lineman Catlin Alford (Georgia Tech) and linebacker Victor Beasley (Clemson).


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redeployed dawg

October 30th, 2009
6:21 am

That is good news. He has the kind of attitude AJ Green had coming out of high school… lets hope he has the kind of impact.

GarDner

October 30th, 2009
6:48 am

He’ll be a darned good dog.

GoVols

October 30th, 2009
6:57 am

So, the essence of this story is that a previously announced UGA commitment is still committed and this wafrrants an article??? And do any of us really believe that UT is the only school to want to talk to him??? Congratulations to UGA for landing the kid, but come on, this isn’t blog-worthy.

Sarge1

October 30th, 2009
7:05 am

Get this UGAG info off our Tech site. Chip, have you no better sense? I guess nor.

Please stop

October 30th, 2009
7:10 am

Chip; this is a serious question. How many UT fans subscribe to the AJC ? I’m confident that there aren’t enough literate people yodelling to Rocky Top ad nauseum to place ‘one single dime’,to the bottom line. You are spending an inordinate amount of time covering the Vols and their con men recruiters. I honestly think Kiffin has a plantation mentality and his dissing of Marlon Brown and Alshon Jeffery , among others, disqualifies him from associating with polite company. Please stop promoting his agenda to reestablish UT as a force in Georgia. You’ll miss the Dawg fans viewing your blog much more than the occasional yodeller.

dawgfan13

October 30th, 2009
7:11 am

The ability to recruit solid receivers is evident at Georgia, but what about the Defensive Ends? Also will Aaron Murray be ready next year? Those will be the biggest questions coming out of Spring. I think AJ will stay another year so the receiving core and tight end core will be strong, now we just have to pray that one of these ok running backs and that Murray is ready. Hopefully we have new coordinators on offense and defense.

GTville

October 30th, 2009
7:23 am

The best place to find info about UT recruiting is the AJC, not the Tennessean. Are they really putting in more time recruiting than GT or UGA; or, does the paper or bloggers simply want to create a story; or, does UT provide the material to them to write?

G

October 30th, 2009
7:39 am

The Dawgs are going to have some great recievers next year. Green , King , Charles , Wooten , Brown , White and Rodgers, even get Durham back.

Frank

October 30th, 2009
7:45 am

Sarge1, have you not noticed the AJC enjoys hot linking UGA and GT stories to each of the boards so the negative, name calling posts will then ensue? Just ignore them and maybe, just maybe they will stop the silly practice.
With that said……

THWGT!!!!

Okefenokee Dawg

October 30th, 2009
8:04 am

G, the question is … who’s gonna throw to them?

Joe Blow

October 30th, 2009
8:05 am

One important fact left out of this article: 45-19!

theTruth

October 30th, 2009
8:07 am

The reason is this is a story is because sports talk in Chattanooga is reporting that Rogers has changed his mind and will attend UT. Of course, this is the same guy that said Orson Charles and Marlon Brown were locks for UT as well. His ’source’ needs outsourced.

He is also reporting Jeff Luc will be a vol. Alrighty then…

Porty

October 30th, 2009
8:23 am

The big question is how this kid was not rated high at all and then commits to UGa and BOOM he’s now all of a sudden a 5 star. What a joke.

BEAUSKI

October 30th, 2009
9:00 am

Porty,
Why don’t you at least attempt some research before you make something up in that pea brain of yours. Da’rick was a four star recrut by rivals since they first released rankings for the 2010 class – March. He’s been committed since June 9. He received a fifth star two weeks ago. He’s been a five star for scout since their rankings were released – also march. Therefore, he’s always been highly rated and always been a top 3 receiver.
*That wasn’t even a decent attempt at a conspiracy theory.*

GoVols

October 30th, 2009
9:19 am

ajc.com is a strange website when it comes to covering sports. There is barely a day that goes by that we don’t read about UT’s recruiting (and only UT, by the way, for non-Georgia schools – I guess UF, Bama, Auburn don’t recruit here, huh). But when Sunday rolls around, try to find an article about games other than those UGA and GT play. I understand that we’re in Georgia, it’s the hometown paper, but this is a big city with fans from all over the southeast. Can’t we get a LITTLE broader coverage??

the real Old Gold

October 30th, 2009
9:22 am

As a Calhoun Yellow Jacket alum let me start by saying this kid is a beast. He’s about 30% of the reason Calhoun is still undefeated this season and was probably about 40% of the state runner up run last year. Buford took him out (insiders tell me that was their priority going into the championship game and they did) and we lost bad.

#21, however seems to have character issues. He didn’t “transfer” from Darlington to Calhoun, I think he more less got kicked out for disciplinary issues from what I hear from people on that end. He’d fit right in with Kiffen. If Richt can keep him straight he’ll be a great one. 2 and 3 and out, though, for sure. Enjoy him, he’s a specimen.

uga121

October 30th, 2009
9:40 am

dawgfan 13…….aj has to stay next year he can’t leave untill he is a a jr

VolsRule

October 30th, 2009
9:45 am

This kid is obviously a talent – I wish him a great success and hopefully will get a great education at UGA – setting him up for a productive life.

Having him at UT will not be a difference maker – TENNESSEE is a better program – have not only beaten – but BLOWN OUT UGA 3 of last 4 games.

UGA is back in their rightfull place as …at best #3 in the SEC East – fending off South Carolina and getting bit by Kentucky from time to time.

While many think UGA is merely in a transition thiw year ….and possibly next – they are wrong. UGA is now midpack SEC at best – Richt and staff have lost their effectiveness.

Hope Richt stays at UGA for a while – stats speak for themselves – again blowing out UGA 3 out of every 4 years is fine with me!!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Stevie Janowski

October 30th, 2009
10:09 am

VolsRule — Pray tell, where is UT in the pecking order? Where they have been for some time now, mid-to-low tier. Currently, they have an overall losing record, are sitting 1-3 in conference play (behind FL, GA, SC & KY), but hey not all is lost you are still ahead of Vandy — for now anyway. Get over it hick, your program is a joke and your coach continues to discredit himself and is pretty much the guy at the party everyone is laughing at, not laughing with. Certainly having dad around helps things from completely unraveling, but he will be in a diaper soon and will be watching games at the Senior Center. Jr. will be on his own and you know, Jr. certainly knows and the rest of the world knows that it will not be pretty. Enjoy.

gvillevol

October 30th, 2009
10:15 am

T o bad he wont make the grades to get in.

Johnny DangerDawg

October 30th, 2009
10:17 am

dawgfan13,
Actually, AJ Green will definitely be back next year because he’s a true sophomore right now. Players can’t go to the NFL draft until after their third year (true juniors or redshirt sophomores). Moreno was redshirted, so he was eligible to leave after playing only 2 seasons.

Johnny DangerDawg

October 30th, 2009
10:23 am

VolsRule,
Correction: You hope Martinez stays at Georgia for a long time. When Mark’s Richt D Coordinator was Brian VanGorder, the Dawgs were 3-1 against the Vols, with the only loss being a 5-point margin.

gvillevol

October 30th, 2009
10:25 am

G you will have some good recievers next season, but its going to be like this year you dont have anybody to get it to them, A. Murry is a midget and will be crushed in the SEC.

thom

October 30th, 2009
10:26 am

LOVE IT – KEEP IT COMING! GO COACH RICHT! GO DAWGS! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

Iceman

October 30th, 2009
10:47 am

I love Kiffin’s delusions that say he’s going to win recruiting in Georgia. HA!

The Dawg

October 30th, 2009
10:56 am

Nice Da’Try Vols

Burdell

October 30th, 2009
11:12 am

Considering this kid’s disposition and past problems….

What’s the over-under on how long it will take him to get arrested in Athens?

And let’s make it a non-traffic violation…

David

October 30th, 2009
11:15 am

Ga fans just don’t get it. You have bigger problems than recruiting and a defensive coordinator.
Like it or not, you now take a back seat to the billies.

VolsRule

October 30th, 2009
11:16 am

Hey Stevie Janowski – I am only stating facts:

UGA peaked under Richt in 2005
- really thought they were in a position to dominate
– This year is providing clarity to the situation in Athens – and it seems UGA is back in the 90’s……looking up to Florida and Tennessee – while fighting off S. Carolina and KY.

When looking at the state of a program – you need to look at recent trends

In a way – UGA under Richt reminds me of what has happened at UT under Fulmer. Fulmer peaked – the program started to slide and the “pack” started to catch up – next thing you know – we are part of the pack – trying to catch GEORGIA and FLORIDA.

With that said:
2007 – UT wins SEC EAST – and blows out UGA – but struggles to beat average teams – UT’s program had been sliding for a few seasons and had been passed by Florida and Georgia.

UGA was average at best first half of season – but played great second half – beating a 9-4 Florida team, AUBURN, KY, GT and beating Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.

2008 – UT stumbles hard – obvious – UT had grown stale under Fulmers leadership. Sometimes – a change is needed to revive and bring excitement back into the program. enter Lane Kiffin.

UGA preseason #1 – obvious overrated – team not disciplined – blow out losses to ALABAMA and FLORIDA – UGA struggles against below average Auburn and average KY – melts down against Tech. this team reminds me of UT 2007 in that they struggled to beat average teams. yet had a good overall win loss record.

2009 (CURRENT)
UT playing better than record indicates – will finish the season either 8-4 or 7-5 – played two #1 ranked teams well (Florida and Bama) Discipline team – turn over margin excellent – fewest penalties in SEC – good coaching. Program is improving.

UGA – season reminds me of UT 2008. Poor performances with glimpses of excellent talent- could lead to a melt down season (5-6)like UT last year. Horrible turnover Margin – penalties, etc. AT best – UGA will finish 7-4 – but more likely 6-6 – team is moving backward.

STEVIE – At the end of the season – let’s have a friendly dialogue to compare notes – UT will have a better record – will go to a better bowl game.

ugaaccountant

October 30th, 2009
11:39 am

Volsrule – That’s nice and all but perhaps you should wait until you have a winning SEC record before proclaiming you’ve passed us by in the conference. You can certainly be proud of the games you guys had against us recently, but overall when I look at a box score for the SEC east, it’s Florida then UGA.

We are 3 and 2 in the SEC, you are 1-3. Not saying we might not both end around 4-4 but today you simply don’t have the evidence you need.

Also, you should use more than 3 seasons to prove your point, especially when one of the seasons you had a losing record and might have a second.

Chip Towers

October 30th, 2009
12:34 pm

Please stop: I don’t know how many UT fans subscribe to the AJC and I don’t care. I most certainly am not promoting Lane Kiffin’s agenda. Lil’ Wayne is handling that! ;-) . . .

This was a simple update on 5-star recruit Da’Rick Rogers, a Georgia commitment, getting a visit from a coach from Tennessee. The Vols, after all, have publicly stated they intend to dominate Georgia in recruiting. The Truth is correct in that there had been some scuttlebutt that UT had or was trying to turn Rogers. This report proves that information to be false. I’ll be visiting Rogers soon to write more about the player considered the top wide receiver in the state. . . .

Some breaking news coming up in a new blog.

Jefferson

October 30th, 2009
12:47 pm

UT are good losers.

Da’rick the freak has opened up a lot of other Calhoun receivers this year, he usally only plays the 1st half due to Coach Lamb’s clearing the bench when the game is in control. One on one I haven’t seen anyone that can cover him or out jump him. He’s dropped a couple and ran a route or two wrong, but if he can ever get humble he’ll play on Sunday. Its all up to him, God gave him the tools.

Livin' on the North Border

October 30th, 2009
12:50 pm

Someone above mentioned a sport talk show in Chattanooga. I live in the Chattanooga area and those guys are total TOOLS. They are 100% UT homers (which is kind of funny because Chattanooga is NOT Big Orange Country nor Knoxville-South). These windbags H A T E Georgia. They never say anything positive about the ‘Dawgs. In fact I quit listening to them years ago except for when David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press is on there one night a week. David is the beat writer for UGA but does an excellent job at covering college football and especially the SEC. Imagine that, UGA has a beat writer on staff at the CTFP! Again, Chattanooga has a LOT of other fans such as UGA, Auburn, ‘Bama, etc. It’s a crossroads. The sport-talk homers obviously hate that. They really suffer from Georgia-envy or something.
I don’t think this blog was without merit. The kid gets a visit from UT who has “declared war” on UGA; UT knows if they don’t get Georgia boys, they don’t win: PERIOD. Just look at the 1998 N.C. roster…
I also don’t have a problem in the AJC covering UT some. This is a huge UGA market, but lots of UT alums have moved to Atlanta and North Georgia for careers, etc. (btw, welcome to God’s country good people).

Livin' on the North Border

October 30th, 2009
12:57 pm

Volsrule, the Accountant is right: UGA is not “looking up” to UT right now. It takes more than one game for a new coach to get a true leg-up on another program. UT matched up very well vs UGA’s weaknesses this season. Last season, UGA should have pasted UT but Staff kept the game close with his pix. This year’s Georgia game lent some legitimacy to UT and it’s new staff. Before that week, LOTS of UT people I know were already souring on the team. They didn’t even fill up the stadium for Auburn and UGA. Congrats though, your guys almost pulled the upset last week–in fact they actually should have. Pretty good team for a sub .500 record. Defense is good, but no better than Big John Chavis–who was the REAL strength behind Fulmer all those years. If Phillip hadn’t hired that dingbat Clawsen, he’d still be there.

r

October 30th, 2009
1:41 pm

vol fans, yall are losing A LOT of players next year on Off and Def. Plus yall dont have a QB. Next year will be like this year but worse. Aaron murray will be great just watch.

r

October 30th, 2009
1:50 pm

vols rule, your an idiot. do yall intend on improving next season without that senior leadership yall have? your entire line is seniors. most of your def is seniors not to mention eric berry who is def gone after this year. do yall plan on running the table next year with a true freshman at QB behind am inexperienced O line?

theTruth

October 30th, 2009
2:21 pm

CHIP, thanks for the shoutout.

LIVIN, you are correct in your analysis of Sports Talk. Try 105.1 ESPN radio, not as much ‘homerism’ on there. Dr. B is just a shock jock trying to be like Skip Bayless.

Ron Recruitment

October 30th, 2009
2:34 pm

I guess this guy isn’t looking to win any titles because Tennessee is the team on the rise in the East for the next several seasons. Florida and South Carolina is going to be in his way to a title too.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 30th, 2009
2:47 pm

So the Vols have had close losses – a loss is a loss and is an “L” on the record. Everything else is statistics!

guruoffense

October 30th, 2009
3:02 pm

i saw rogers play for calhoun against chattooga and he did not impress, he had penalties forpersonal fouls etc. dropped passes and arm tackling on some plays on defense.georgia you waste your pick.

GA Tech Insider

October 30th, 2009
4:26 pm

It sounds like Da’Rick handled the situation with respect to Coach Orgeron, even though he showed up unannounced, but has made it clear that he intends on keeping his pledge to UGA solid.

You have to respect the young man for the mature way in which he handled the matter and the fact that, in spite of what may be happening, and even being said and speculated about the going on in Athens, Da’Rick is confident in his decision and the fact that he can make a difference in the program, and that he will not waiver in his commitment to the Bulldogs.

He has obviously been raised right, and I commend him. Best of luck to the young man.

Smyrna Man

October 30th, 2009
4:49 pm

Livin’ on the North Border…

103K for a noon game in the rain isnt filling the stadium up? Trust me I was there, and the stadium was Rocking and lots of recruits were there too. Your team looked pathetic

45-19… Should have been 52-19

7AA - Old School

October 30th, 2009
5:01 pm

This is my type of article…Kid loves Georgia hates TN and talks about my old High school rivalry with Calhoun and Aville. Love it Adairsville is gonna kick the Jackets A$$ by the way.

theTruth

October 30th, 2009
5:54 pm

SMYRNA man, if you are referring to the UGA/TN game being full, well, no, it wasn’t. I was there too and no, it wasn’t raining. How do you think I scored tickets for $25? Tn has not sold out a single game this year, they still have tickets for sale. Even after ADVERTISING, you still can’t sell out. uttix.com is your avenue for face value tickets.

Gen Neyland

October 31st, 2009
6:47 am

Kid will go 0-4 against UT or 4-0 against UGA. His choice…

Thanks Vol fans

October 31st, 2009
8:55 am

Hell, If I were a UT fan I would hate to see my roster loaded with rival state talent. Guess they should call it UGA Knoxville campus. Teach your on little half breeds how to play and quit bragging about how good Georgia grows talent hillbilly.

shalalaquandra

October 31st, 2009
8:59 am

vols be going down, shiiiiiiiiiit

shalalaquandra

October 31st, 2009
9:00 am

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loel

October 31st, 2009
9:10 am

Ga fans and others will be shocked when they see this Rogers. He will hit the playing field with already the power and body of an NFL player. He comes as physically prepared for his position as Hershel Walker was for his position. Power, leaping ability, velcro hands, and blazing speed. Just throw it near him.

Lane Kiffin

October 31st, 2009
9:37 am

B-b-b-b-b-but I promised I would never lose to UGA again! I PROMISED! Didn’t you hear me promise? WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE