Vols convince UGA commit Da’Rick Rogers to take official visit

Tennessee is making a push for Calhoun wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, the state's top prospect and a longtime Georgia commitment. (Chip Towers)

Tennessee is making a push for Calhoun wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, the state's top prospect and a longtime Georgia commitment. (Chip Towers)

Tennessee assistant coach Ed Orgeron was in Calhoun on Tuesday trying to pry away wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers from Georgia and it appears the Vols are using quarterback Nash Nance to try to get him.

Orgeron, the Vols’ assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator, had an in-home visit with Calhoun’s record-setting quarterback on Tuesday. Rogers, Nance’s close friend and one-time roommate, was also in the home at the time. Nance, a three-star prospect who has been committed to Vanderbilt since June, was offered a scholarship and set up an official visit to Tennessee for Jan. 22. Nance said Rogers will make the UT visit with him.

“Coach Orgeron sat down and talked to us both and we both set official visits to Tennessee on January 22,” Nance told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons.

Apparently Orgeron didn’t run any of it by Calhoun coach Hal Lamb.

“I heard that Orgeron was over there [at the Nances] yesterday and offered Nash but I didn’t know anything about Da’Rick,” said Lamb, whose father Ray Lamb works for the University of Georgia Athletic Association. “I haven’t talked to anybody from Tennessee. They did that behind my back and I’m not happy with them.”

Rogers could not immediately be reached for comment but insisted to Scout that the Bulldogs have no cause for concern.

“I’m still 100 percent solid to Georgia,” Simmons quoted Rogers as saying.  “Tennessee came to offer Nash and that is what it was. Georgia fans and coaches have nothing to worry about as of this point.”

Georgia coaches are countering. They were coming to Calhoun for an in-home visit with Rogers on Wednesday and Rogers is scheduled to make his official visit to Athens on Jan. 15, the week before the Tennessee trip.

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tiger7_88

January 6th, 2010
10:37 am

You know I love ya, Chip, my man.

Even though you write a Dawg blog and won’t admit it, you know I love ya! ;-)

Blindog

January 6th, 2010
10:38 am

I refuse to post first…oops

Blindog

January 6th, 2010
10:42 am

Ga. Tech completed two passes last night …to their running back, HA! No need to worry about wide recievers wanting to sign with that offence in place! Make that a double HA HA !!

DAWG BONE

January 6th, 2010
10:44 am

I HOPE HE HOLDS TRUE TO HIS COMMITMENT WITH THE DAWGS! TENN WILL BE ON PROBATION SOON WITH THAT CLOWN RUNNING THE PROGRAM ANYWAY. KIFFIN IS A JOKE THAT BEGS FOR ATTENTION. DA’RICK IS SMARTER THAN THAT. HE WILL NOT BE SWAYED BY THIS LOOSER

hotbobby

January 6th, 2010
10:46 am

I knew it. Why would you go to Nashville if you were 100% UGA?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 6th, 2010
10:49 am

Kiffins are getting desperate. They have no playmakers next year- Nu’keese was supposed to be the #1 wr and we all saw how that turned out.

Sally

January 6th, 2010
10:54 am

Rogers will go to Tennessee when they show him how many more 7-11 stores are near the campus. He won’t have to drive as far to hold one up. :-)

William Cranman

January 6th, 2010
10:55 am

“Hotbody” I think you meant to say Knoxville.

Nick

January 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Not worried about this kid. He’s solid UGA. UT had to practically beg him to take a visit to Knoxville. Shows their level of desperation. They weren’t even there to look at him in the first place. Sure, go to Knoxville and see exactly why you’re making the right decision staying in your home state. Good luck Da’Rick. Can’t wait to see you signed in in Athens!

TXDawg

January 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Sally = Pathetic

NickZ

January 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Kiffin’s a bum…he’s only inviting Nance to get to Rogers and try to pry him away from UGA. Pathetic tactics from a pathetic coach.

Rogers will be a Dawg next year…paired up with AJ Green and a QB who’s not Joe Cox…look out SEC!!!

BMDPD

January 6th, 2010
10:58 am

I think we have a lot to worry about. The longer we go without a DC, the more it will affect our recruiting.

Nick

January 6th, 2010
10:59 am

Hotbobby–If I was a 17-18 year old kid with all these paid-for trips, I’d take advantage of all of them. Yeah, I’d go check out Hawaii’s facilities too while I was at it. Travel, have fun, see new places, meet new people. That’s what it’s all about and this is their only opportunity. Plus, they have to love all the attention. And yes, you meant Knoxville. Nashville’s actually a much better town but their academic requirements are just a little bit harder!!

TXDawg

January 6th, 2010
11:02 am

Tenn has nothing in place on offense in the next several years for Da’Rick to be excited about. With AJ playing one more year and then Marlon lining up opposite Da’Rick, and a seasoned QB in the next 2 years (w/Charles and Aron at TE), not to mention the stable of RB’s we’re building back up ….there is noooo way he will jump ship!

daltondawg

January 6th, 2010
11:04 am

I DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND WHY VANDY OFFERED NANCE! OF COURSE UT OFFERED TO GET ROGERS, RUMORS ARE NANCE CARPETS IS MAKING A HUGE DONATION TO UT FOR THEM TO GIVE NASH A SCHOLARSHIP! GO FIGURE!

Normal Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:05 am

I would blame Rogers for wanting a free weekend where you are treated like a king. I am sure it is fun for these kids, so let the boy go and have some fun. That said, he needs to be careful that while he is there he doesn’t get himself embroiled in one of those Kiffin recruiting messes. NCAA is watching.

Receiver position at tech w/ Qb nesbitt @ helm

January 6th, 2010
11:07 am

That kid Stephen Hill of Tech must really want to be an engineer and if so, very commendable. My granddad was too and was also a Techie ………..long ago. If Hill however, does not want to be one, then his $$$ stock at the next level ( NFL ) will be worth as much as a Sears tire salesman. Hill will never, ever get the ball in a wishbone and techies ( most simply too young ) are learing fast WHY THE BONE DOES NOT WORK when run against athletic teams.

Kids shy away in droves and who wants to take a leg pounding IF you are a good QB. Depth at QB is key and Tech does not have that and I expect Nesbitt to go down in 010, with injuries. I do not wish for that, but the bod ( legs ) cannot take shots over and over like hs does, although HE DOES play in the ACC, so maybe he will hold up well. Sissy league and all.

Sad to hear in the Miami Herald that there were over 23,000 empty seats last night and also that the Urange is losing its BCS status in anotehr year. That says it all as to why Tech was invited to a bolw that is dying. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA Frankly, the Independence Bowl held MORE FANS than what actually viewed the Tech IOWA game. HAHAHAHHA

Dwyer had 0 yds in the first half and nesbitt had 22 TOTAL TEAM yds. HAHAHAHHAHA

Stephen Hill knows that he made a bad mistake. # 37 Tarrant?? He is just glad that he beat those APD charges of two years ago. Whew!

30-24, 1-8 and 4-15 and last night’s UGA basketball game are laughable ………as usual.

Cuz

January 6th, 2010
11:12 am

Keeping my fingers crossed. I really feel that Da’Rick should go where he wants. I just hope he wants UGA.

Wolfdawg

January 6th, 2010
11:13 am

He will be a dawg. His friend is going to Tenn and he is being a good friend. This happens when your one of the top players in the country.

UT's BIg Orange gals

January 6th, 2010
11:14 am

Now hear this: If you were told by UT’s Howdy Doody that a gal from UT ( major curves and legs ) will pick you up at your hotel and escort you all weekend, what would you do as an 18 year old?

These kids do not get out much and if UGA loses this kid, so be it. It was not meant to be and if he shows up at UGA with major reservations about his choice, then we have another Rennie Curran or a Odell Thurmon or a Reshad Jones and I say get rid of them early, so as to NOT have to view their playing field lethargy come game day. Who needs them?? Show the kid his pellet pistol and let him go.

Go UGA.

alpharettadawg

January 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Louisville hired John Fabris (fired UGA coach) to coach defensive line. You can count on BJ Butler defecting from the Dawgs now, as well as Fabris calling all the UGA 2010 class to come to Louisville for a visit. Also, CWM may end up at Florida coaching DBs.

calhoun dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:19 am

Daltondawg first of all Vandy didn’t offer Nance. The way that it was explained to me was that he got a partial academic scholarship offer with preferred walkon status. He may be Calhouns record setting qb but that is because of Rogers. If Tenn is really offering him a scholarship it is because they want really want Rogers bad and they figure that since the two of them are as close as brothers that Nance can talk him into it. This is the only big time offer Nance will ever get so they know he will jump on it.

uh oh

January 6th, 2010
11:19 am

You’re welcome Chip

John

January 6th, 2010
11:21 am

Like GA offense has been tearing it up?! The Dawgs play well against the weaklings and then choke against UT, KY, FL, etc… Once Rodney Garner leaves I am afraid Kiffin and Saban will own the state in recruiting… I think Kiffin is still upset about the Marlon Brown thing and will continue to go after our recruits.

San Francisco Dawg

January 6th, 2010
11:25 am

I would accept every visit offered to me if I was a recruit…I would go to USC, Miami, Notre Dame, etc…why not? Talk about living the dream!

dap01

January 6th, 2010
11:26 am

Have fun with your visit but consider Kiffens character.

I am sure that you will have fun with the hostesses! But seriously, orange?

Troken

January 6th, 2010
11:26 am

LOL!!! UT WILL NOT be on probation in the next three years and will dominate GA and the state in recruiting… CMR will be gone next year due to another beat down by AU, UT, FL and KY… Another good thing is that Rodney Garner will be the only coach held over once Mark is gone due to his recruiting and that is sad and he is not good enough to be your DC per Marky Mark… What a slap in the face!!!

hahaha

January 6th, 2010
11:28 am

hahahaha of course he’s not happy being a dawg fan…. why not let the kid look around, kiffin lets his guys look around if they want.go vols

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 6th, 2010
11:29 am

Da Rick just doin some spying for UGA, Rogers is gonna let us know how Tenn recruits, what they’re saying, etc. Rogers is solid. No worries. Rogers ain’t leavin the UGA team that puts more players in the NFL than anyone else. Da Rick is way too smart for that.

Hmm

January 6th, 2010
11:29 am

So a high school coach with ties to uga is upset that a school other than uga is recruiting a uga commit. No, I don’t think something may be a little shady here.

John Handcock

January 6th, 2010
11:31 am

ROGERS IS ALL VOL BABY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU PUPS CAN SWALLOW A BONE THAT BIG.

bank walker

January 6th, 2010
11:39 am

Nothing to worry about, he is all Dawg! Ogeron put the kid on the spot.

quaildawg

January 6th, 2010
11:39 am

Did Orgeron rip off his shirt? Or better yet will 10RC let their “closer” (the blond vollette) rip hers off???

Uncle Rico

January 6th, 2010
11:40 am

Da’Rick is going to the Big Orange to see Lacy! Can you blame him?

78 DAWG

January 6th, 2010
11:44 am

Kiffin and the vowels are so pathetic, they could never beat the DAWGS! oh wait, in his first year he completely kicked the DAWGS a$$. Uh go vols, if he doesn’t come to Knoxville it’s because we didn’t want him and didn’t offer, we’ve got only 6 star recruits and own the sec, wait a minute that’s what I said when I was a dog fan. Nashville stinks, Orange rules.
ps
if you don’t get this, you know you’re a ga fan lol

UGA is the NFL pipeline

January 6th, 2010
11:47 am

That’s why the 1st two NFL picks are gonna be Eric Berry from Tennessee and Derick Morgan from Georgia Tech LOL.

collegeballfan

January 6th, 2010
11:48 am

“I haven’t talked to anybody from Tennessee. They did that behind my back and I’m not happy with them.”

It is none of Coach Lamb’s business where his players attend college.
He sounds like that coach in Columbus that banned the UGA coaches from his campus.

ToothlessinTennessee

January 6th, 2010
11:49 am

slime and tennesee go together skoal and rotten teeth. Da Rick is a Dawg, he is not going to cooterville. Tenn does not dominate uga in reruiting the state of Ga…That is absurd. We do however sometimes out recruit tennersee for their best..see Marlon Brown…Having a coach with Great Morals and good chracter helps….

ToothlessinTennessee

January 6th, 2010
11:51 am

collegeballfan

That is why UGA had 2 picks in the top 15 of the draft…dream on son….UGA is more NFL U that trek, or the big ugly orange

NastyNate

January 6th, 2010
11:51 am

Da’Rick didn’t even show up at the UA game last Saturday….VOLS don’t want him. I enjoy all of the high & mighty UGA fans boasting your offensive weapons for the future. I bet M. Brown appreciates his wasted year of eligibility for 15 reception yards.

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 6th, 2010
11:53 am

I did NOT post the 11:47 a.m. post here, that was an imposter.

Georgia has 54 players in the NFL right now, more than any other team.

http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker#A

T.O

January 6th, 2010
11:56 am

Kiffin is going to run that Tenn program into the ground. I feel sorry for their fan base. They will be on probation within the next 2 years. Guaranteed! If Da’Rick wants to be surronded by the Kiffin fiasco then go ahead but the safe play is to stay home and go to a solid program where there will be no surprises and he’ll have the assurance that he’s in good hands. Kiffin has to go after the complete idiots that are so dumb that they don’t realize what a mistake they are making by committing to UT. Not to mention UT doens’t have a QB and will prob go 6-6 or 7 and 5 for the next 5 years. With the 1 exception this year, UGA wins 10 every year under CMR! And with FLA being down next year losing all their talent to the NFL the SEC east is going to be wide open. Gators 9 and 3 next year. AT BEST!! SORRY GATOR NATION, YOUR TIME IS UP!!

Kevin

January 6th, 2010
11:56 am

I did mention this in a blog yesterday. Is there where you first heard this story, Chip?

abandoned stray

January 6th, 2010
11:58 am

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BobDog

January 6th, 2010
12:02 pm

San Francisco Dawg: I would also take every official visit allowed, BEFORE making a verbal commitment to another school. I think Coach Richt has made it clear to recruits that he is committing to hold a spot in a recruiting class, so the recruits need to be firm in their commitment. Making an official visit elsewhere is not a sign of commitment.

Dawg Crazy

January 6th, 2010
12:03 pm

That is not fair for UT to try and steal recruits who have committed to Georgia. Mark Richt needs to complain to the SEC office to reprimand Kiffin!

Vickers

January 6th, 2010
12:03 pm

Yippes ! We don’t need to lose Da’Rick.

coop

January 6th, 2010
12:03 pm

speaking for the HIGH SCHOOL COACH if i remember correctly isn’t the place kicker for tech from calhoun oh yea and the star running back at southern also. yea chris durham is on the georgia roster but there are several guys every year from the calhaun team go to division 1 nd 2 schools every year. so i don’t think that has anything to do with it Mr. Hmm. it’s just a coach that has no class from a sh*tty sec school on a sh*tty coaching staff has no respect for one of the best high school coachs in the state. coach lamb has tought these kids everything they know about football and he feels sorda like a father figure to these guys i’m sure.

Our Turn

January 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

Derick Morgan 1st round? Who is that, was he injured or something when you guys played us? I don’t remember him, oh thats right…..never mind

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