Calhoun’s Da’Rick Rogers, Nash Nance to visit Tennessee

Georgia fans who thought the storm had blown over for Da’Rick Rogers when Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron blew out of Knoxville are going to have to think again.

Calhoun quarterback Nash Nance and best buddy Da'Rick Rogers will be traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., together this weekend. (Photo by Tom Hauck for ESPN)

Calhoun quarterback Nash Nance and best buddy Da'Rick Rogers will be traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., together this weekend. (Photo by Tom Hauck for ESPN)

The Vols, under the direction of new coach Derek Dooley, were back in Calhoun Monday night recruiting both Rogers, a longtime Georgia commitment and the No. 1 player in the AJC’s Top 50, and his quarterback/best friend Nash Nance. Once again, the record-setting duo has agreed to take an official visit to Tennessee.

The date was arranged after UT offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, one of the lone holdovers from Kiffin’s staff, visited with the two players in the Nance home Monday night.

“Coach Chaney from Tennessee came by [Monday] night,” said Nance, who is actually a longtime Vanderbilt commitment but has been heavily recruited by a number of schools of late. “He said ‘Coach Dooley wants to come down and see you guys but he really wants y’all to come up and visit.’ He said the [scholarship] offers are still on the table. He said Coach Dooley has seen my film and thinks I’d fit in well there.”

Nance said both he and Rogers agreed to take the visit.

“Yes, sir, we figured we’d go check it out,” Nance said.

Two weeks ago Kiffin and Orgeron had sat in the same Calhoun living room and convinced Rogers and Nance to take an official, which they were going to do this weekend. But they canceled after Kiffin and Orgeron left for Southern Cal. Now they’re back in.

The difference this time, Nance said, is he and his buddy aren’t necessarily being recruited as a “package deal.”

“It was kind of funny really,” said Nance “Usually [recruiters] are quick to talk to Da’Rick about that. But they didn’t really talk about that this time. Coach Chaney really focused a lot on me. He didn’t talk to Da’Rick that much. Of course, he said they’d love to have Da’Rick up there. But he spent a lot of one-on-one time with me.

“Really, honestly, it’s not as big of a deal as people talk about. People talk package deals and all that, but we’re looking at it separately. We’ve talked about playing together but if it doesn’t happen it’s fine with me.”

But Nance and Rogers are extremely close. Nance said Rogers stays over at his house usually one or two nights a week and Nance’s parents have been almost like surrogates to Rogers, who lives with his mother just across town.

Nance is a pretty strong prospect in his own right. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 212 pounds, Nance completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,018 yards with 29 TDs and only 8 interceptions last season. Of course, half of those yards went to the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Rogers, who established the state receiving record with 1,641 yards.

But Nance is now attracting a lot of his own attention. Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton was in Calhoun Monday and offered Nance a scholarship. So did Louisville coach Charlie Strong, who called with an offer on Tuesday. Nance has long held an offer from Mississippi State. He plans to visit one of the three on the weekend of the 29th. Rogers very likely could make that trip with Nance as well.

There has also been some mutual interest from both Nance and Rogers and Florida but the Gators may be running out of room. Neither Georgia nor Georgia Tech have offered Nance.

So what about Vanderbilt, to whom Nance has been committed since early June?

“I’m still committed to Vanderbilt,” said Nance, a 4.0 student who took his official visit to Nashville this past weekend. “I just want to take my visits and make sure I’m making the right decision.”

There’s actually a little more to it than that. Nance was assured by coach Bobby Johnson and staff that he was going to be the only quarterback taken. But the Commodores have since signed junior college transfer Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“I committed to Vanderbilt pretty early and I didn’t have all these offers on the table,” Nance said. “I’ve just been very blessed and very honored to have these opportunities. I’m trying to figure out the best decision for me.”

And ultimately, that could influence Rogers.

153 comments Add your comment

Polecat

January 20th, 2010
12:44 am

Vanderbilt could really use Nash.

Frank Lane

January 20th, 2010
12:54 am

Does Nance have an offer from UGA, and if not, why not?

bass stringerfish

January 20th, 2010
1:02 am

Rodgers will be a Dawg. Not going to turmoil in Tennessee. There are great opportunities at UGA over the next 3 years. Not so much at UT.

San Francisco Dawg

January 20th, 2010
1:05 am

This is sad speculation and is a no story…why would anyone play at Tenn right now? Dooley? Give me a break!

nfl4to1

January 20th, 2010
1:07 am

Go visit the Mighty T young man. U deserve to be where U will be appreciated. The QB position at UT is WIDE OPEN. The SEC East is where the action is. Be at Vanderbilt,or Tennessee…Tennesseans welcome U and your family. And… the best part is U wont be that far from home.

Gator Nation

January 20th, 2010
1:15 am

Lookout if Florida gets seriously involved…looking for possibly adding another QB to the class as well a another WR or two.

DDDAWG

January 20th, 2010
2:59 am

Gator Nation – You dont think Florida has been involved in Rogers already? Get over yourself you pathetic…….

USS Know it all

January 20th, 2010
5:47 am

Facilities, facilities,facilities. That is why these players would be interested in UT. Of course you also have about a million years of athletic tradition too. Plus you have a pretty decent team in place already, but at the same time there is alot of opportunity for early playing time. Of course UGA could offer Nance to go along with the other 15-20 QB’s they have or have committed.

USS Know Nothing

January 20th, 2010
6:25 am

Million years of athletic tradition, pretty good team and UGA’s 15-20 QB they have. Ignorant statements from top to bottom.

Rogers is ours. We haven’t, nor will we, offer Nance. Congrats if you get him. End of story.

Gator in the Hootch

January 20th, 2010
6:33 am

GatorNation…the Gators ran at D’Rick and lost that battle already. Their current focus is on Christian Green and Ivan McCartney, both better fits for the Gators offense. D’Rick wants to be in a pro style offense like at Georgia or Tennessee.

benadawg

January 20th, 2010
6:43 am

I would pull his offer and tell him to go on to Tennessee, it is sickening the lack of loyalty and commitment, At one of Rogers’ game this year i saw him do an obsene gesture toward the crowd and get a 15 yard penalty for it……

Plain Truth

January 20th, 2010
6:55 am

No comparison between a Vandy education compared to a Tennesse education! Johnson has several players in the NFL…Dooley not there yet.

Da'Truth

January 20th, 2010
7:08 am

Da’Rick will be changing his mind and will be heading to Da’Tennessee!! Da’Rocky Top!!!!

dalton dawg

January 20th, 2010
7:18 am

Notice…..Nance said he and Rogers will visit UT! There will be tremendous pressure put on DaRick to follow Nance by them. Good Luck Darick!

BuzztheKiller

January 20th, 2010
7:22 am

Word in Calhoun is that Rogers is waivering on UGA. Personally I could care less if he goes to UT or UGA or whereever. I’m just telling you what the word is from my hometown. Tech and Vandy are out, he doesn’t have the grades. He can’t (or won’t) block enough for the option anyhow. He thinks he is the next Terrell Owens, so good luck dog fans.

dd

January 20th, 2010
7:34 am

I’m a big Dawg fan. If you don’t want to be a Dawg, please go somewhere else.

Go where you feel comfortable and you feel like you can get the best education.

Some of these guys never pan out anyway.

I read these blogs from time to time and it sounds like immature kids who don’t have anything better to do posting nonsense about each other.

Duke Blue

January 20th, 2010
7:35 am

BuzztheKiller …I agree with you on the Terrell Owens thing. I was watching him at the High School allstar game, and he looked like he quit on a lot of the routes and was only trying at about 50%.Don’t need him if that is his attitude.

BuzztheKiller

January 20th, 2010
7:38 am

The ironic thing is that he very well may be the next Terrell. Kind of hope he does go to UGA!

gadawgs

January 20th, 2010
7:41 am

If you were a high school kid getting free trips to major universities all expenses paid. Women, parties and being waited on hand and foot you would go to even if you were committed somewhere else. Rogers is a DAWG. He is just trying to help out his friend.

SuperB

January 20th, 2010
7:50 am

Two things:

1. Mark Richt needs to recruit and retain the top players in Georgia. If he cannot, then he and Rodney Garner need to seek employment where they can hold recruits.
2. If Rogers bolts for Tennessee then: Vince Dooley is going to have a hard time living in Athens. (By the way D’Rick: UT’s campus can’t touch UGA’s.)

SuperB

January 20th, 2010
7:53 am

Hey Buzz: If you think Rogers has TO’s talent and you WANT him to go to Georgia, then you are about as smart as a flying insect. ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHO WINS! Period. Nobody is grooming Dale Carnegie speakers here.

who cares?

January 20th, 2010
7:56 am

“Does Nance have an offer from UGA, and if not, why not”? Because he sucks thats why. I’m from Calhoun and saw him play several times this year. All he does is throw screen passes to Rodgers and then all the yards he gets from passing are YAC. Did you see the championship game? When forced to throw the ball down the field he can complete squat. And Rodgers has an attitude problem and will probably end up in some kind of trouble or academic probation. I was at the Dalton game and watched him get two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The only reason he is at Calhoun in the first place is because he was kicked out of the Darlington school. The Nance family has plenty of money and I’m sure they have helped Da’rick out so he will probably be pretty loyal if they need him to help get little Nance a scholarship offer. Grow a pair Nance and get you’re own scholarship without Rodgers holding you’re hand! I’m a big time UGA fan and I for one won’t lose any sleep if Rodgers ends up at another institution.

Jake

January 20th, 2010
8:05 am

Sounds great.

Really.....

January 20th, 2010
8:13 am

Anyone who thinks Nash Nance is getting these offers by himself did not see Calhoun play this year. He’s at best a Southern Conference (Chattanooga-Furman) type QB. He can go to any of those schools mentioned, he’ll never start for any of them.

those games meant nothing to Tech

January 20th, 2010
8:19 am

If Da Rick is gonna drop every pass like he did in the high school game and quit on plays….then He needs to go to Tennessee….Georgia doesn’t need that

lanier

January 20th, 2010
8:20 am

dawgs dont need this Rogers moron. he would have made a great Kiffin guy though. maybe he will go to USC and help Kiffin get them the Death Penalty

Tippy Toe

January 20th, 2010
8:20 am

Ummm…Has anyone ever seen this Nance kid play??? He is MISREABLE. The only thing he can do is throw little dink and dumps to Rogers. To be honest, his BACKUP at Calhoun (who by the way got SCREWED when Nance came to Calhoun, and was 2nd team all state, AND took the team just as far the previous year) is quite possibly the best QB on the team. If he gets a big time scholarship it will be because Rogers got him there. The kid needs to realize that he won’t play a snap at a big school, and with his mental capacity should take the offer from Harvard.

those games meant nothing to Tech

January 20th, 2010
8:21 am

Georgia needs players that are truly committed to The University of Georgia….and no others…period….let em go and don’t worry about it

Tippy Toe

January 20th, 2010
8:24 am

those games meant nothing to Tech ,

I agree with you, but in this day in CF NOONE is truly committed to any particular school until they sign on the dotted line. This isn’t 1995.

chris

January 20th, 2010
8:26 am

Word out of Calhoun is that Georgia is wavering on Me’Rick because of grades. This guy is not a team player, he loves some ME. Were pretty deep at wide out, let him go to Tn. and when they fire Dooley next year he’ll be heading to Georgia State.

t

January 20th, 2010
8:30 am

chris

January 20th, 2010
8:39 am

By the way Me’Rick was a good receiver in Georgia’s 2nd lowest classification. It’s just a little tougher in the SEC and when he gets knock on his can a couple of times he’ll need Nance to hold him and tell him how good he is.

VolsRule

January 20th, 2010
8:41 am

Tennessee has “committed” recruits visiting other schools as they say, “just checking out my options. It’s all a part of the process and and final frenzy.

With that said – Nash and DaRick will both commit to Tennessee. UT is very popular in NW Georgia and gets good media coverage. It’s a popular place to go for those tired of UGA hoopla and the griping from local fans. Kind of like Auburn is popular for Columbus – GA area folks.

SUPER B – UGA does have a beautiful campus – but Tennessee compared to other schools is not bad either. Massive building and updating has been going on in Knoxville and the campus is looking very good.

Regarding the “turmoil” in Tennessee – I would ask about the turmoil at UGA
– heck – the defensive staff with the exception of your recruiting coordinator was fired.
– UGA has lost 3 of last 4 to Tennessee by blowout.
– UGA in state recruiting taking big hits this year – Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee taking pretty much who they are targeting – and GT is now a serious player.

Why? – UGA peaked in 2005 – and other programs have been on the up cycle while UGA is perceived to now be on the down cycle – just not a great vibe out of Athens and zero national respect after 2008 expectations were not met and how UGA looked in 2009 – with opening loss to OK STATE – lackluster against AZ State – barely hanging on to beat SC – stupid loss to KY – and blow out losses to TN and FL.

Hal

January 20th, 2010
8:42 am

I really hope Rogers stays with his commitment to UGA, provided he’s worth it.

I will say this though, if I were the coach and he took the visit… I’d pull the scholarship offer. We got left at the alter a couple years ago by a tight end who pulled this crap and look where it left us for 2 or 3 years.

Being a bulldog is special. And we need players who want to be bulldogs. If he wants to take visits elsewhere… let them pay for his education. Name me a 5star recruit that left Athens “All American”? Now, name me a few hungry bulldogs who came in un-heralded and left All Americans? Greene, Pollack, Davis, Moreno, Edwards, Ward….. the list goes on.

In Pollack we trust

January 20th, 2010
8:44 am

David Pollack has just twittered that cigarettes are good for you.

Bob LaBlah

January 20th, 2010
8:46 am

Hal if you pulled a scholarship every time a commitment visited somewhere else, you wouldn’t be coach very long.

Dawgs2010

January 20th, 2010
8:47 am

Who Cares? We are stocked at that position anyways. We need nasty linemen with bad attitude problems.

dc

January 20th, 2010
8:47 am

It’s funny you say that, Hal. A similar situation happened last year with CPJ. He warned the kid and pulled his offer and UGA fans were very critical of CPJ.

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 20th, 2010
8:54 am

I love all these Florida clowns on here saying “this guy’s a punk”, “forget these kid”, etc.

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

Ron Mexico

January 20th, 2010
8:55 am

If you accept a UF scholorship now do you have to get your picture taken with Babick?

Derek Dooley? Seriously?

January 20th, 2010
9:00 am

Derek Dooley? The La Tech coach who went 4-8 last year? That guy? Have these guys lost their marbles? Do they like to lose?

Mr.Dawg

January 20th, 2010
9:04 am

Nance at best is an average QB,need a lot of work to play in the SEC! why does a potential star like Rogers want to be in a package deal with Nance? what is in there for him? its all business. Roger is a solid dawg! but he figured he might be able to help his friend landing in a bigger program than Vandy. thats all.

Pollack? Huh?

January 20th, 2010
9:04 am

Pollack just posted what? That guy who posted that lie about Pollack is nuts. Here’s the link:

http://twitter.com/DAVIDPOLLACK47

Athens Dog

January 20th, 2010
9:05 am

As a longtime Dog, I always want the brightest and best to come to Athens, saying that, I am not so sure that we will see Rogers in Athens next year, or any other year, wearing red.
Word from Calhoun is that Da’Rick may not have the grades to qualify, not by a long shot. I hope they are wrong, but that is what I’ve heard. Of course, if he cannot get in Georgia, he could probably get in Tennessee easily. No doubt he could get into Auburn, also. And, of course, anybody can get into South Carolina.
And, as Chris said, and anyone who watched him in the Dome, or in the UnderArmour game could plainly see, he is a me guy all the way. Too many half run routes, alligator arms, etc…let Tn have him. Derek needs the help.

Derek Dooley? Seriously?

January 20th, 2010
9:06 am

Ok, let’s see, 7 guys to the NFL at LA Tech. 45 guys to the NFL at Georgia, hmm, that’s a tough one.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/6372

jaxdawg

January 20th, 2010
9:06 am

I think UGA is pretty solid at the WR position w/o DaRick. Who cares?? He’s probably just going for a free trip. Who in the hell wouldn’t?!?

suwaneedawg

January 20th, 2010
9:07 am

volsrule, put down the crack pipe you idiot. Rogers will be at UGA and you can have Nash. You were probably one of the morons telling everyone how Kiffin would take you to the promise land. Dooley? Oh yeah, I like the sound of that. You are so screwed for the next 3 years.

Derek Dooley? Seriously?

January 20th, 2010
9:08 am

Dooley went 5-7 year 1, 8-5 year 2, 4-8 year 3. 17-20 record.

Against really bad teams.

The guy just cannot coach.

Vick=Dog killing thug

January 20th, 2010
9:08 am

I think you guys are crazy to think UGA should pull a long offered scholarship because an athlete wants to take an official visit somewhere else? I can’t imagine how much fun it must be to be a 18 year old kid and be swooned with that kind of attention and opportunity.

Come signing day, that’s another story but during the courting period it’s wide open.

Get real people…

Denver Dog

January 20th, 2010
9:09 am

Here is some math for you genuis Vol and Gator Fans. First of all before you get the math lesson, let me give you a recruiting lesson. You can sign no more than 25 per year, you can have no more than 85 on scholarship at any one time. With the bellweather classes of the last two years at UGA, they are at the limit. They have 67 on scholarship at this time. They can only sign 18. There will be alot of players going to other schools this year, because they can not go to UGA, even if they wanted to go to UGA, and that my friends is how it works in recruiting. Houston Nutt and Nick Saban bent the rules the last two years by signing recruits which had no scholarship awaiting, and sent them to a JC of some sort. This is now known as the Nutt Saban rule. They can only sign as many as they have opening to sign, and only 10% more. This is to prevent stockpiling of players, which is why the 25/85 rule came into existence in the first place. All though we all want these players to go to our schools, if they want to go somewhere else, wish them all well and ki sirah. There are plenty of great players to go around. UT by the way, has 34 scholarship openings this year but still can only sign 25 players. There is another rule which allows them to count on the previous years total, but they have to have the openings at the beginning of the school year, and can place them in January.