Luc, Rogers happily worn out after long trek to UGA

It was not long after lunch when I reached Deon Rogers on Monday and by then it had already been for him a very long day.

It began about 4 a.m. when he and Treasure Coast High School teammate Jeff Luc arose in an Athens hotel room for the ride to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to make an 8 a.m. flight. By now he was back in Port St. Lucie, Fla. — just north of Miami on Florida’s east coast — driving to practice to begin preparations for a first-round playoff game Thursday night.

“Yeah, I’m pretty tired,” said Rogers, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound linebacker who committed to Georgia this past summer. “But it was a really good trip. I really enjoyed myself. It was kind of like this summer. I had fun with Coach [John] Jancek and Coach [Mark] Richt and the other players. I’m loving Georgia and I’m feeling real comfortable there.”

That’s good news for the Bulldogs. Next to Frostproof, Fla.’s, Nickell Robey, Rogers is probably considered the shakiest of their commitments for the 2010 class.  He has taken an official visit to Ohio State and has trip planned still to LSU. That’s why some of the recruiting services refer to him as a “soft commitment.” Rogers laughs at that distinction.

“I’m still committed to Georgia,” he said. “I like it the most of all the colleges I’ve been to. I’d say it’s a medium commitment. I’m visiting LSU but Georgia is still my favorite.”

Of course, any discussion of Rogers has to include Luc. Luc is the top-rated linebacker in the South and he and Rogers are best friends. They have discussed attending the same college, though it’s not a prerequisite.

” I think he enjoyed himself a lot,” Rogers said. “I think it was real good for Georgia.”

Luc didn’t return the phone calls and text messages I left for him Sunday and Monday but he did talk to UGAsports.com.

“Georgia has a good chance of getting me,” Luc told Kipp Adams, “and I let the coaches know that

That’s as much as anybody has been able to get out of Luc, who has always played his recruitment close to his vest and has never named a leader. He now has taken official visits to USC and Tennessee and he’s also considering Florida, Florida State, Miami and LSU.

“Georgia offers all of the things that schools close to me do, they are all pretty similar colleges,” he said. “I am equally open to leaving the state, so talk of me being a lock to stay in Florida is not true. I am still working on enrolling early, so we will see what happens.”

Another visitor to Athens this weekend was Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker. I had a long conversation with Whitaker Monday afternoon and will fill you in with a full report in the morning. But in a nutshell, regarding his unofficial visit to Georgia, he said the trip to Athens “was great. I’m still tired from it.” Whitaker said he will “more than likely” return for an official visit to UGA. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound senior is also considering Auburn, Cal, North Carolina and South Carolina. . . .

VANDY GETS ANOTHER GEORGIAN

In other recruiting news over the weekend, Union County wide receiver Blake Gowder committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday night. Gowder had been to Nashville on an official visit over the weekend. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior also played defense in high school. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1238 yards and 14 touchdowns, four rushing TDs and one interception return for a TD. As a linebacker Gowder had 73 tackles.

58 comments Add your comment

AltamahaDawg

November 16th, 2009
5:32 pm

Chip, Was there some chance he was referring to a different Coach Richt ? [Mark]. ha.

Tampa Gator

November 16th, 2009
5:48 pm

Luc is close with Charlie Strong at Florida and him possibly leaving for a head coaching job might influence him not to become a Gator…that and the depth chart at LB at Florida, although I think Luc would eventually become the Mike LB if he goes to Gainesville. If Luc leaves the state, I think he goes to LSU with Rogers. If Luc goes to Florida, Rogers will go to Georgia. I don’t think Georgia will get both.

JJ

November 16th, 2009
5:50 pm

oh, yeah…..second. highest ever.

JJ

November 16th, 2009
5:52 pm

ok, third…..still my highest ever

JJ

November 16th, 2009
5:53 pm

Saint Simons eats boogers!

JJ

November 16th, 2009
5:58 pm

Saint Simons, what are the best seats to get for the Carpets of Dalton bowl? Don’t you normally get to see that bowl just about every year? Help a brother out.

JJ

November 16th, 2009
5:59 pm

I love to hate Saint Simons.

Leebo

November 16th, 2009
6:02 pm

It will be a crime if Charlie Strong doesn’t get a head gig somewhere this year. I’m a Dawg and wish we had him in Athens. Just hope he doesn’t end up in the SEC.

JJ

November 16th, 2009
6:13 pm

I like Charlie Strong more than Saint Simons.

Donnie Dawg

November 16th, 2009
6:14 pm

I still think he goes to UT, because of Monte…

JJ

November 16th, 2009
6:14 pm

I’ll bet Leebo hates Saint Simons too.

Joe Coxs' shadow

November 16th, 2009
6:40 pm

why would anyone want to Bring Charlie Strong here? I don’t want him , we have enough problems without a new coach and having to start over from the beginning…maybe he could be our D-coordinator.

Gator Growl

November 16th, 2009
6:43 pm

Brandon Spikes, Ryan Stamper and Dustin Doe are all senior linebackers who will be gone Gators this year. A J Jones (remember him Georgia?) will be a returning senior. Plenty of room for Luc to come in and play for the Gators. In fact, can you imagine a future with Luc in the middle with Jon Bostic at the Will and Jelani Jenkins at SAM??? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawgtime

November 16th, 2009
6:44 pm

Tampa Gator I think the winning lottery numbers are 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. Why do you think we regard your opinion as something we should consider. Dude, we all know you are full of bull feces. Let me guess, you had breakfast with Urban Myer this morning. Try medication for your delusions.

Lord of The Lizards

November 16th, 2009
6:50 pm

shadow…now that’s funny! Charlie Strong leaving as Florida’s DC to become Georgia’s DC. Yeah, and I think I’ll go trade in my Audi for a Pontiac!!

20 wins in a row

November 16th, 2009
7:01 pm

Luc isn’t coming to UGA, he knows a sinking ship when he sees one.

J Dog

November 16th, 2009
7:16 pm

Strong at UGA. If he could turn Willie’s mess around he could name where he wanted to be head coach.

GTPak

November 16th, 2009
7:44 pm

Yes, keep sending those 5 stars players to UGA and let the UGA coaches turn them into 2 star players. That and their degree in cow milking is really going to work to their advantage. In 4 years, these recruits will be wishing they had signed with Tech.

By the way Chip, why doesn’t the NCAA count your contacts with recruits the same as it would that of an alumni or coach? Seems kind of odd that with you being an alumni, it is ok for you to talk up the doggies just because you have a press pass.

SatchelBuzz

November 16th, 2009
8:01 pm

Luc isn’t going to Georgia,..and the ugag nation knows this. That said,…they will get a chance to see him play every year in Jacksonville for the next 3 to 4 seasons.

THWG!!!!

BULLDOG MOM

November 16th, 2009
8:14 pm

Georgia has an excellent recruiting class coming in and they will take 4 more really good players. We have had our problems this year and it is a tribute to Mark Richt that these guys trust him. Go Dawgs

McDawg

November 16th, 2009
8:17 pm

AKEM-next All-American at UGA

Josh

November 16th, 2009
8:46 pm

JoeCox’sShadow, that’s what they meant by bringing him to athens.

Mr. UGAinfo

November 16th, 2009
9:15 pm

Everyone is asking why is UGA not competing with Florida and Allabama when UGA are getting the same amount of recruits. Its all about scheme. Florida rans Spread Option, Alabama 3-4 defense. Florida in 2005 with Chris Leak as the starting QB had 3 losses including a 31-3 beatdown by Alabama. Urban Meyer recruited the best recruiting class in Florida History 2006 including, #1 player in Nation: Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes, A.J. Jones and Jermaine Cunningham. The results: 2 SEC Championships and 2 Nat’l Championship. How about Alabama, in 2007 was 7-5 team. Then 2008 #1 recruiting class which including defensive standouts: ILB Don’ta Hightower and Terrance Cody plus possible Heisman Trophy Mark Ingram. Results: 2 SEC Championship Appearances and a Sugar Bowl Appearance. UGA passes off the play-action at least 90% of the time this year. Why? Because Joe Cox is not CMR style of QB, which is a above average strength and accurate arm. David Greene, D.J. Shockley and Matt Stafford were great under Richt, Joe T. and Joe C. have not. That’s why everyone @ UGA says Aaron Murray will be the starter next year but watch out for Zach Mettenberger. Its about Scheme of the Head Coach.

Peter North

November 16th, 2009
9:30 pm

Tampa Gator, why are you on a UGA site run by the Atlanta newspaper. That would be like me blogging on a Gator site on the Orlando Sentinel. Care Factor zero.

happy days are here again

November 16th, 2009
9:41 pm

Lou Vales

November 16th, 2009
9:44 pm

Georgia has a GREAT chance of getting Luc. These kids don’t care about Championships. They care about PROMISES of immediate playing time or in the cases of Phi Beta Kappas like Orson Charles–They want high school number>

takedowndawg

November 16th, 2009
10:34 pm

Luc, would be a great fit for Georgia in the middle. Move Rennie Curran to strong side outside linebacker and see him use that speed of his. He, Luc, would make a big splash and be a part of a top 3/4 recruiting class. Come on up and join us Mr. Luc!

Mark

November 16th, 2009
10:44 pm

It would be nice to have both of the guys playing for Georgia. Say what you will Tampa Steve or Gator Tiger, or even Mushmouthdawg3853235…whatever you guys call yourselves, Georgia’s recruiting classes have continued to get stronger and stronger. You might have thought Matt Stafford was over-hyped, but he helped kick the door open wider than it has ever been. He was tabbed as a number one NFL draft pick before he even left high school. He had the opportunity to go anywhere in the country. Yet he chose to go hundreds of miles away to Georgia. That says something about what is going on at Georgia. We’ve lost some games this year. Sometimes we’ve looked lost. Some of the time, the talent on the field hasn’t quite matched up. Folks, that is the last wave of the pre-Stafford recruiting classes. Look at the talent of the fourth and fifth year players. It’s hit or miss. Some over, some under. Look at the classes after Stafford’s class, when all this has taken effect. AJ Green, T. King, O. Charles, B. Smith, W. Ealey, R. Wooten, M. Brown, A. Murray. Georgia would have landed one, maybe two of these guys before Stafford. And look at the commits and prospects for this year. We are rolling better than ever. Bottom line, our talent is down THIS year. Our talent is up every year after. And that is with the CURRENT coaching staff. What a bunch of idiots, huh?

southside DAWGS

November 16th, 2009
10:52 pm

hey happy days are here again the cheerleaders in your little video look like girls in the Dogpound at the Cleveland Monday night game. Go DAWGS!!! GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ckgator

November 16th, 2009
11:04 pm

Dawgtime, sometimes I actually feel bad for Dog fans. I work with many, and have several close friends who wear the red and black. I am kind to them when we win, and let them have their day when we lose.

Then a mutt like you comes along and starts yapping, and I am reminded how sweet the last 20 years have been.

Lord of the Lizards – Audi for a Pontiac…. nice!

Chip Towers

November 16th, 2009
11:19 pm

GTPak: Maybe because my father and my brother went to Georgia Tech. ;-)

outkasted

November 16th, 2009
11:59 pm

hey mark, i agree and the beutiful thing is our next QB will be a four yr qb either murry or big Zach and move logan to wr to go along with the whole off line coming back with a plethora of athletes including king and ealey at rb for the next 3 yrs and a young secondary with playmakers who we’ll be out there for 3 yrs 2gether and the schedule next yr is setup to have a big yr…. bryan evans gone reshad jones hopefully gone but if he returns he’ll have more depth to rotate with… justin houston and cornelius washington r studs in the making with big abry jones and d tyson in the middle with big dobbs and woods and lott for depth… we’re going to be deep at all the position aj green wooten marlon brown t king kris durham returning troupe curran probably gone but we r deep at lbs too…boykins smith cummings rambo pugh love williams and some of the frosh will play most definitely… at TE we really missed figgins in the run game white and charles r receiving TES but we’ll be deep next yr… now this season has been about bad penalties and costly turnovers…. like tom brady said last night its not the coaches fault when u commit penalties and turnovers its on the players….. now oklahoma st we dropped five ints had a bad block in back on a punt returned to the 1 a costly turnover by thomas… and how many false starts have we had when it was 3rd and short???? lsu i just wondered what would’ve happened if lsu had to start that drive around their on 30 yd line would they have been running the ball on that last drive? also cox missed green on a fly pattern that would’ve turned the game upside down if aj catches that and score but boykins just couldn’t take that touchback… we beat lsu and the UT game is not at 11:21 and we would not have been still stuck on the controversy… against florida bad penalties and costly turnovers…. by the way GA tech fans its the fact that yes we missed tackles but that also means that we’re in position just didn’t make the play i’m so glad they made it a night gm………….

outkasted

November 17th, 2009
12:00 am

cant forget the return of quinton banks hope ur healthy next yr…

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

November 17th, 2009
12:39 am

The thought of Ealey & King coming back will have all Tech fans quaking in their boots.

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

November 17th, 2009
1:18 am

Who are Luc & Rogers & why would they want to come to ga when they will have all new coaches when thay get there? Pretty Boy Richt will be a talking head by that time.

Johnny DangerDawg

November 17th, 2009
1:38 am

Tampa Gator,
Are there any rumors about schools that might be interested in hiring Charlie Strong this winter? If there is any justice on this earth, he will certainly be a head coach somewhere before these kids finish college.

JaxDawg

November 17th, 2009
6:48 am

Being a huge dawg fan, I would absolutely love to see these guys end up in red and black. It`s definitely difficult to know where any of these guys will end up. My opinion is no matter how many stars a high school recruit has no one really knows how they will end up performing until he is enrolled I`m sure alot of posters here have seen their own share of 5 star busts or players who never panned out. If they do not go to a team that runs a defensive/offensive scheme they are familiar with or, most importantly be coached up by the Coaching staff to play to their maximum potiential. In regards to Charlie Strong, I am surprised he is not a head coach for a team this year. He is definitely going to be in the conversation for Head Coaching jobs somewhere this year.

lagadawg

November 17th, 2009
7:54 am

Hey Donnie Dawg,Monte just gave up 9,000 yards rushing to Ole Miss and let a little skinney boy go over 200.That sounds like a special coach to you?

JJ

November 17th, 2009
8:20 am

Just woke up this morning….and, yes…..I still hate Saint Simons.

Hunting Dawg

November 17th, 2009
9:14 am

Let the kids do what is best for them. I hope that whatever choice they make helps them be productive and responsible members of our society and not like the UT players who just got kicked off the team and wasted an opportunity that 90% would die to have. The other 10% want to play in the band!

It is up to the coaching staff to get the most out of the players that they have which has not been done at UGA in 2 years!

As far as Charlie Strong is concerned, he is not a head coach right now because he is black and is married to a white woman and too many slope headed, backwoods, inbred, old-school numbnuts can’t handle that! If a man does his job well and is a productive member of society, it shouldn’t matter that he is black and his wife is white. But unfortunately that is still not the case.

Good luck to Charlie this offseason in finding a head coaching job and Florida & GT can rot in the nether regions of Hades!

Saint Simmons

November 17th, 2009
9:20 am

I’m sorry to hate on the dawgs, I’m just trying to make up for my big belly and little manhood. My boyfriend hates me too…

Simply a dawg

November 17th, 2009
9:24 am

JJ,

Saint Simons isn’t a real person. He only exists on this site with almost zero comments on other sites. It’s long been suspected that he is Bill King or some other AJC lackie. The idea is to stir the dawg fans up so they continue to visit the site and see what’s next.

Best to ignore it.

shards1967

November 17th, 2009
9:26 am

After the Ole Miss game, UT’s Coach Kiffen was over heard saying that ” as long as I am head coach at Tennesse, we will never, ever defeat Ole Miss.” HAHHAHAHAHAHA

Goooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs!!!

UT in a bowl? Yep ………….the Toilet Bowl played at San Quentin Prison. HAHAHAHAH

cj

November 17th, 2009
9:27 am

Jeff Luc, come on up to A town. Best fan base in America boyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

FRED

November 17th, 2009
12:25 pm

WHY WOULD A TALENT LIKE LUC WANT TO PLAY FOR WILLIE???? COME ON WAKE UP THIS KID WOULD HAVE TO BE STUPIT AS STONE DREAM ON

Smyrna Man

November 17th, 2009
2:10 pm

FLINTSTONE

November 17th, 2009
2:28 pm

FRED, YOU ARE THE “STUPIT” ONE…….

Hmmmmm

November 17th, 2009
2:48 pm

The more of UF assistants that leave, the better. I vote Strong for the new coach at Memphis …or anyhwere else not in the SEC! Good Luck to him…

Brandon Spikes

November 17th, 2009
3:17 pm

Lord of the Lizards,
You drive an Audi? Thats pretty terrible. I thought the Prius was pretty terrible but now we have a new low. Maybe the Audi looks good when your mullet is blowing in the wind going down the road.

ratherBgambling

November 17th, 2009
5:21 pm

Possible destinations for Charlie Strong:

UCF
Virginia
Louisville
Texas A&M