Deon Rogers had a Georgia entourage come to his house on Monday and he’s feeling a lot better about things as a result.
Head coach Mark Richt, tight ends coach John Lilly and running backs coach Bryan McClendon paid Rogers a visit Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He also spoke to new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham via telephone. Rogers said he was still committed to the Bulldogs before their meeting but he was even more committed afterward
“It went real well,” said Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker from Treasure Coast High School. “It took a lot of stress off my shoulders. Now I’m ready.”
So what’d they talk about?
“We talked about the new defensive coordinator,” Rogers said. “They told me that he’s a good man, the he has a lot of experience and is a really good coach. They told me about the 3-4 [defense] and what that would mean for me. They told me I’d be an outside linebacker.”
A short time later Rogers was on the phone with Grantham. “He was a nice guy. Said he’d been hearing good things about me,” Rogers said.
Grantham, who was hired away from the Dallas Cowboys last week, will be Rogers’ position coach at Georgia. “It shocked me in a good way,” said Rogers. “I didn’t expect them to get an NFL coach, much less a guy from the Cowboys.”
Rogers, who was recruited by former Bulldogs defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, had been shopping around since Richt made the coaching change in early December. He visited Ohio State and, most recently, Louisville this past weekend (”It was good,” is all he said).
Rogers still has a Jan. 29 visit scheduled to Mississippi State. So is he going to take it?
“Maybe,” he said. “I’m not sure yet. I might still take it just to see.”
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