UGA commit Deon Rogers feels better after coaches visit

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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Clahoundawg

January 19th, 2010
1:00 pm

First — Go Dawgs !!!!

hipdawg

January 19th, 2010
1:00 pm

im so sick of players using there 5 min. of fame holding teams hostage(most of the time these hotshots turn out to be duds)

Lowndes

January 19th, 2010
1:01 pm

Clahoundawg

January 19th, 2010
1:01 pm

Should have been “Calhoundawg.” I got so excited about being first, I commited a typographical error. Go Dawgs !!!

1eyedJack

January 19th, 2010
1:02 pm

Take the trip. Don’t cost nothin’.

cantondawg

January 19th, 2010
1:07 pm

Hipdawg,

If you got a free trip to a college with all the food and booze and good looking women you could want. Would you pass it up if you were a teenage man…I highly doubt it…

UGA DAWGS

January 19th, 2010
1:07 pm

When are you losers going to realize that saying “first” makes you look like a first-class tool.

Chip Towers

January 19th, 2010
1:10 pm

Congrats Clahoundawg, I mean, Calhoundawg!

Sorry Lowndes.

UGA DAWGS

January 19th, 2010
1:11 pm

Don’t encourage them, Chip.

Bremen Dawg

January 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

Go ahead a take the free trip, your still going to be a Dawg.

Huh?

January 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

Anybody saying he should take a trip to another school, is a fake Georgia fan, under Gator cover.

Huh?

January 19th, 2010
1:24 pm

Chip-

I read on rivas.com some of our recruits were in town this weekend, Da Rick, etc. Any update on that?

Also, any word on Alec?

How about the Whitaker guy, potential nosetackle?

Hunker Down

January 19th, 2010
1:41 pm

There aren’t any 200 pound linebackers in the 3-4. Kid looks like a safety.

Tim

January 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

Hunker Down – Deon weighs 200lbs now. I’d be willing to bet he will put on at least 20-30 lbs once he gets into college. He’s only 18, can easily put the on the weight with his frame. He’ll grow into a OLB, just give him time…

jimmy

January 19th, 2010
1:52 pm

let’s save our class and get some of tennesse’s

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

Chip- not that im obsessed with Dexter Morant, but i saw that his commitment is back to verbal from soft verbal. I’m hoping that our new D coach and the fact that a lot of junior & seniors are leaving early because the “salary cap” in 2011, will bring a lot of great talent

Steve

January 19th, 2010
2:23 pm

The 6-3, 200 will be more like 235 by the time the strength coaches get through with him. And good for him for actually keeping a committment. Too damn few of the high school prima-donnas even know what the word means these days.

Andy

January 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

Agreed hipdawg,

But hey, at least he didn’t do the God awful “hat shuffle” or rip through 5 different t-shirts until he got to the one he’s committed to. It can always be worse!!!

Spike

January 19th, 2010
2:52 pm

I’ve seen this guy play. Altough he is no Jeff Luc (who decide to go to FSU) this guy is a beast who can really hit.

MauiDawg

January 19th, 2010
3:00 pm

The UGA coaches are obviously going to go after some top recruits that are still on the fence. Any input on who that might be Chip?

OoltewahDawg

January 19th, 2010
3:04 pm

Calhoundawg, did you hear about D Dooley being in Calhoun yesterday? He made a visit to Da’Rick and one or two other guys, including Da’Rick’s QB. Both of them will be taking an official visit to KTown. If you have any pull with the Rogers kid, talk to him. If he’s wavering at all, Richt and company need to know.

ATL Fan

January 19th, 2010
3:05 pm

Glad to hear that CTG is doing the rounds.

Buddha

January 19th, 2010
3:14 pm

Deon, that OLB position is pretty important in the 3-4 set Grantham going to introduce; we’re glad you’ll be able to help out there. Good luck with your career.

TidePride

January 19th, 2010
3:24 pm

Kid is smart to look around. Kid from Florida – probably not familiar with UGA except football on TV – gets recruited by Martinez. Commits to UGA – excited about college and relationship with his coaches.

Coaches get fired – what do you expect him to do? What would you do?

In the meantime – Charlie Strong and Dan Mullen are recruiting the kid hard. So the kid was honest and told UGA that the situation is uneasy and he should look at other schools to enusre he is making the right decision.

UGA did a good job by visiting this kid. Talks to the new DC – explains scheme and his roll – and as a bonus – the new DC is also his position coach – and a former highly respected NFL coach.

Don’t blame the kid for his feelings – and UGA responded properly

Kid will wind up in Athens.

K-Town Dawg

January 19th, 2010
3:24 pm

Just to clarify…Knoxville is “K-Ville” not “K-Town”

TidePride

January 19th, 2010
3:27 pm

What’s the scuttlebutt on Da’Rick Rogers. Heard that his UGA scholly was tentative on grades and past behavior issues????

What issues does this kid have? Anyone know?

UGA usally stays away from kids with checkered history.

dan

January 19th, 2010
4:07 pm

Players are smart to shop around, especially in this day and age of coaches like Lane Kiffin with their mercenary attitudes. If coaches are going to look out for their best interests why can’t the players?

Vick=Dog killing Thug

January 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

I’d take all my visits.. Hmmm play xbox this weekend or get the red-carpet treatment from a big time school including perky… um I mean perks…

cockrockinjockmonkey

January 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

TECH is AWESOME!!!!

Our class is best … you’ll see!!!

YAY!!!!!

Gators like kiddies

January 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

Steve Babik!!! What would Tebow do?

Lowndes

January 19th, 2010
5:52 pm

Oh well Chip, I tried to be first but I was too slow :)

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 19th, 2010
5:54 pm

so funny, all the desperate Florida fans on here going: smart to look around, go to Tenn man, take your visits, do your rounds, etc.

Idiots, bad advice.

How can I get to the NFL? That’s the question Rogers needs to ask.

Georgia sends more guys to the NFL than anyone in the SEC, and 3rd in the country.

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 19th, 2010
5:56 pm

Here’s the website to check out to figure out which teams give you the best shot to get to the NFL:

Georgia ranked higher than Florida, Tenn, Bama, or LSU

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/5813

Dog Pound

January 19th, 2010
5:57 pm

cockrockinjockmonkey,

Does your mommy know that you’re taking time away from your Jr. High homework?

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 19th, 2010
5:59 pm

UGA has 45 active guys in the NFL right now.

Miss St. has 22.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/5813

Chipped Tires

January 19th, 2010
6:13 pm

What about Da’Rick ?????? Any word on a special teams coach for UGA ?

Big L

January 19th, 2010
6:25 pm

Grantham needs to make a splash. Steal a good D player from UF or UT.

Eat and Tweet

January 19th, 2010
6:26 pm

I wonder if this guy will tweet when he eats ? He still just might wanna grab the limelight with a jersey swap or hat trick while donning the bling as most do nowadays.Then once he is at UGA he will go bust and get busted with no driver license while scootin on the scooter emerging from the alley.

CWM

January 19th, 2010
6:29 pm

GUYS IF YOU HAD THE CHOICE OF DATING FIVE GOOD LOOKING GIRLS WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE , OR HOW WOULD YOU CHOOSE … THATS THE DILEMA THAT THESE KIDS HAVE …. SO EVEN IF THEY LIKE GIRL # 3 AL0T THEY WANT TO SEE WHAT GIRL #’S 4 AND 5 LOOK LIKE THATS THE ANALAGY …… BE MORE UNDERSTANDING

Bride of Chucky Knapp

January 19th, 2010
6:38 pm

Chip, has anyone on the AJC staff looked into whether being first translates into later success in the pro ranks? I mean, being first is great here but how does it pay off long term?

dogcrap

January 19th, 2010
6:46 pm

does me good to see you redneck mutt followers get so excited over a 3 star recruit. LOL

cockrockinjockmonkey

January 19th, 2010
7:23 pm

Dog pound:

Your mom knows what my ample junk tastes line …. VELVET BUTTAH!!!!!!

SHORTY

January 19th, 2010
7:29 pm

Dog Pound

January 19th, 2010
7:32 pm

long dog

January 19th, 2010
7:41 pm

UF’s longtime sportscaster Babrik caught with kiddie porn he was fired but he plead not guilty he was the sideline reporter

Dawg Breath Hater

January 19th, 2010
7:54 pm

I will take the Gators new NFL defensive coordinator guy (Edwards from the Dolphins) over your new NFL defensive coordinator guy (from Dallas) any day. P.S. I like the kid staying true to his commitment. Nice job, kid.

Dawg Breath Hater

January 19th, 2010
7:57 pm

Long dog…can’t beat the Gators on the field so you’re going after sideline reports with slander now. Nice!

Gator in the Hootch

January 19th, 2010
8:02 pm

Dawg Breath…Babik was charged today with child porn possession for possible distribution. He was suspended from his Florida Network duties as a sideline reporter back in November. Sad story. This guy has been a sideline reporter for Sunshine Sports for nearly two decades. What an idiot! He just ruined his life for porno. Foley must be disgusted.

pitofFilth

January 19th, 2010
8:16 pm

Will the gator nation child exploitation charges stop here?

I think not ….. FOR SHAME GATOR PERVERTS!!!!!!!!!!

TXDawg

January 19th, 2010
8:44 pm