Two recruits committed to the University of Tennessee while in Knoxville on official visits this past weekend — and neither one was named Da’Rick Rogers or Nash Nance.
That was the biggest news coming off of Rocky Top for citizens of the state just to the south. For now at least the two Calhoun residents remain true to their original commitments, the five-star wide receiver Rogers to Georgia and the three-star quarterback Nance to Vanderbilt.
What is not known for certain is if any kind of private vows were given or what kind of impressions were made. Both prospects declined comment Sunday.
“The boys haven’t had any time to reflect on their visit this weekend,” said Mike Nance, Nash’s father and Rogers’ part-time guardian. Mr. Nance made the trip to Knoxville with the two best friends. “Right now they don’t want to comment except that it was a good visit. I hope you understand and respect this.”
So who did the Vols get? A couple of linebackers: Martaze Jackson out of Demopolis, Ala., and Glen Stanley of East Arizona Junior College.
Meanwhile, over in Athens, Georgia’s new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made a strong impression on defensive line target Jeff Whitaker of Warner Robins. Whitaker was the only uncommitted prospect among six scheduled official visitors, including offensive lineman David Beasley (Clemson), linebacker Telvin Smith (Florida State) and UGA D-line commits Jalen Fields, Garrison Smith (UGA) and Dexter Morant (UGA).
The Dogs’ new defensive czar took all the players into the film room and excitedly showed them how they would be utilized in his 3-4 scheme.
“I think he is a very smart guy and Georgia is going to have a good defense with him there,” Whitaker told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. “He is a good guy, kind of intense, and just very smart. He knows what he wants, he knows how to make the defense work, and I like him.”
Whitaker plans to make his school announcement next Monday (Feb. 1) in Warner Robins. But he plans to visit Miami next weekend first. He was at Auburn last weekend.
“This visit just made [a final decision] even harder for me because I have so much to think about,” Whitaker said.
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