Checking out Da’Rick Rogers, and other fun stuff

Apparently Chad Simmons of Scout.com and I are on the same wave length.

The respected Southeast region recruiting analyst put up a report this morning on Calhoun wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers, a five-star prospect, AJC Super 11 selection and a University of Georgia commitment.

It just so happens that I am heading up to Calhoun this afternoon to talk to Rogers, quarterback Nash Nance (a Vanderbilt commitment) and coach Hal Lamb in a previously arranged meeting. My father lives in Calhoun — starred for the Yellow Jackets in the mid-1950s — so I’d planned for a while to get up there and meet in person this phenomenal football player.

Simmons didn’t really steal my thunder, though. Rogers told him what Coach Lamb told me last week, that he remains “solid to Georgia” despite continued intense overtures from Tennessee, Florida and Southern Cal. Hopefully I’ll be able to glean a few more insights from Da’Rick today.

If there are some specific questions you’d like me to ask Rogers, offer them up below. I probably won’t post my report on Rogers until tomorrow morning, unless he reveals some riveting news.

Program note: Going forward, I’ll be trying to catch up with all the state’s five-star-rated prospects and AJC Super 11 players between now and national signing day in February. Last week I sat down with AJC Super 11 player and five-star prospect Garrison Smith of Douglass. I actually have a Part II of the interview with the future Georgia defensive tackle I plan on working in eventually.

Now on to some midweek links:

  • In case you missed it, Marcus Lattimore of Duncan, S.C., the No. 1 running back prospect in America, according to Scout.com (No. 2 per Rivals), went to Auburn on an official visit this past weekend. Here’s one of several reports (along with a photo reportedly made on Sunday) detailing Lattimore’s trip, this one from The Birmingham News. . . . By the way, Lattimore revealed that he will visit Penn State this weekend and Oregon in January but remains open on his final two visits. He’ll choose between Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida State. . . .
  • Tampa Catholic wide receiver Christian Green, a five-star prospect who still has Georgia atop his list, was selected this week for  U.S. Army All-America game. . . .
  • Here’s a little more detail on Du’Von Millsap’s commitment to South Carolina from Phil Kornblut of gogamecocks.com. Millsap is a senior offensive tackle at Buford. The report reveals that Norcross defensive end Adrian Hubbard picked up offers from the Gamecocks and Clemson. . . .
  • Tony Barnhart gets into Georgia’s recruiting in his Mr. College Football blog today . . .
  • Interesting story by Woody Paige in the Denver Post about Darrell Scott, once the No. 1-rated running back prospect in the country, who is leaving Colorado and transferring to UCLA. . . .
  • Speaking of top-rated running backs, Lache Seastrunk of Temple, Texas, who is ranked ahead of Lattimore by Rivals, cancelled a recruiting visit to Oregon. He supposed to check out Auburn and LSU at some point. . . .
  • Seastrunk and Lattimore may want to hold off on any decisions regarding Auburn until after this Friday. That’s when Micheal Dyer, who last week broke the Arkansas state rushing record, will announce his college choice. Every single report to that says that will be to coach Gene Chizik’s Tigers, including this one here from ArkansasVarsity.com.

28 comments Add your comment

Herschel Talker

November 4th, 2009
11:59 am

Joe Blow

November 4th, 2009
12:08 pm

Freddy

November 4th, 2009
12:27 pm

Just win one for the Gipper

Cuttysark

November 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

Well as usual everyone is just head over heels in love with all of the “5″ stars kids according to the “experts” at the rating services. Time will tell how they will pan out. I trust a Coach like Paul Johnson to go out and find “players” regardless of the # of stars.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles. Also go check the archives for a prior article on “5″ star recruiting titled; “How Could This Have Happened?”

Art

November 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

When Chan Gailey’s skill players are gone and PJ has to play with his #49 and #52 classes he will get another job. All you mites know that.

duber1958

November 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

Cuttysark

I do not know about the rest of the 5 star recruits but Lattimore is the real deal. I have watched him for the last 3 years at Byrnes HS and he would fit in as a great replacement for Dwyer. Unfortunately, he wants to go to a school where he will be the featured running back and get 20 touches or so per game, which we know he will not do at GT. He runs tough, can run inside and break tackles and also has the breakaway speed to take any carry for a TD.

Clayton

November 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

Rogers would be great to keep, but unless Murray or Mettinburger can get him the ball and our def can stop give up 30+ points a game. It wont matter.

Cuttysark

November 4th, 2009
12:56 pm

Thanks for the infor duber1958. I kknow lots of runningbacks want to be the “feature” back in an offense, but Dwyer, Anthony Allen, and Roddy Jones all get their touches and have healthy yards per gain averages. More importantly, it is hard to key on anyone back in the triple option, and that gives everyone a unique opportunity to shine at any time during a game. I’ve heard lots of discussion about Lattimore and the Seastrunk kid. Both have very impressive games and I hope they both go to a program that will help further their careers and educations.

thomas

November 4th, 2009
1:34 pm

You, Ching, and Hale are the absolute best – there are no others. http://www.wedgeorgia.com

blueboy

November 4th, 2009
2:11 pm

Dyer will choose the Vols on Friday. Took a visit to TN Saturday and was blown away. He and his teamate Mosley both will choose the Vols.

Rob

November 4th, 2009
2:56 pm

Da Rick?

You mean the guy that was 4 stars until he committed to UGA, and then was promptly “adjusted” to 5 stars?

Chukles

November 4th, 2009
3:06 pm

Ugh. You said “going forward.” That’s when you lost me. Can we now ban this overused cliche. Please! Thank you.

Larry

November 4th, 2009
3:38 pm

Da’Rick will be the next Caleb King. Yay.

Dawgsinthedryer

November 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

I have a question. Does the way that the dogs have been losing of late and the swirl of questions now surrounding the program effect his confidence in his commitment? I am sure a lot of people would like to know what goes through these players minds when they witness this and then other programs that are running on a CONSISTANT high like Floriduh come calling. The announcers made it a point to bring up AJ Bryant and Urban visiting him last minute to try to get him to change his mind. They held off from saying “I wonder if he regrets it now”.

chatter

November 4th, 2009
4:27 pm

Chad Simmons ask DaRick is Calhoun going to finish the job this year. While you are there check out the new field at Phil Reeve, it is nice. To all the leg humpers, I do hope you guys keep thinking that CPJ can’t recurit because it is going to be sweet watching him run CMR out of town and his sucessor out of town to. You guys are looooooosers with no class. THWG “Ain’t Life Grand” wsp

Chip Towers

November 4th, 2009
5:10 pm

I’ve been out here watching the Yellow Jackets practice the last couple of hours. Calhoun Jackets, that is. Da’Rick looks good in practice. Clearly a different level of athlete. . . . There are some other good ones here: J.T. Palmer, a junior who plays the wideout opposite Da’Rick, is a good player that is getting some looks. Their running back, Dustin Christian, is smallish, but looks quick and steady. Of course, quarterback Nash Nance has already committed to Vandy. A lot of solid looking linemen. There’s a reason they’re ranked No. 1 in Class AA I guess. . . .

I’m impressed with coach Hal Lamb’s practice routine. Very tightly run and little wasted time. . . . Like I said, more coming tomorrow.

Caleb King

November 4th, 2009
5:17 pm

Hey Larry, I resent your comment. DaRick might be the next Jasper Sanks, but probably the next Sterling Boyd.

Recruitment Ronnie

November 4th, 2009
5:27 pm

Warning Mr. Rogers – You will never play in the Georgia Dome during your time at Georgia, better think twice and go somewhere else sir. A note on Christian Green, look for him to go to Florida as they are at the top-top of his list.

Jefferson

November 4th, 2009
5:41 pm

Chip, don’t tell everyone Calhoun has players they say we are just a 2 man team.

KimZ's Package

November 4th, 2009
5:50 pm

Will the not so good Grey or the unproven Murry try to throw passes to this kid?

Pi$$onaDawg

November 4th, 2009
5:53 pm

So he can catch so could C. Johnson at TECH. C. Johnson is making money off building Crappers in Africa. Do you think this kid is that smart or that good?

Bernie Matt

November 4th, 2009
7:13 pm

Christian Green,

Son if you want to develop as a player and have a shot at winning a national title and getting to the next level, I warn you and your parents, DON’T COME TO UGA. After they run you on your first bubble screen and you lose 5 yards because the cornerback saw it coming a mile away, their going to say your not as good as they thought because you didn’t run over 5 guys or jump over another like Hershel and Knowshon. UGA needs superman to win big ballgames, they are not equipped at coaching kids up. Don’t say you weren’t warned!!!

ESPN 150

November 4th, 2009
8:22 pm

Green is going to Florida, even if he doesn’t there incoming class with still 3 months until signing day is stacked.

Carty Seay

November 5th, 2009
8:37 am

Translation, the puppets pretending to be objective staff writers at Scout.com got their marching orders from Richt and the Georgia staff after the debacle in Jacksonville. Go out and produce articles on any players they may have had their eyes open to the fiasco that is currently Georgia football. No worries Chad Simmons, Georgia will continue to have a top 5 recruiting class, you guys will see to it, and the Georgia program will continue to waller in mediocrity. Just one question, what happens now that the Vols have passed you as the #2 team in the SEC East?

WTH

November 5th, 2009
9:30 am

So ARt,

CPJ cannot recruit and therefore will not win after Gailey’s recruits are gone. Then when he is not winning he will be hired by another school and leave GT. Do I understand what you are saying correctly?

War Eagle

November 5th, 2009
2:16 pm

Dyer leads the field of RB, regardless of Rivals etc ranking.

UGA ALL THE WAY

November 10th, 2009
3:23 pm

Chatter, thats all that we hear is stupid non-sense chatter comin from losers like yourself. you’ll see, UGA will dominate once again and all you haters will just have to keep hating!!!!

UGA ALL THE WAY

November 10th, 2009
3:28 pm

Carty Seay,
Richt dont have a DADDY who was in the NFL and has to help his son out ALL THE TIME. Just you wait n see, eventually your LOUD MOUTHED LOSER COACH will talk so much crap that even his daddy cant cash the check to cover it. LOSER!