UGA’s Da’Rick Rogers, Vandy’s Nash Nance still committed — for now

High-flying Calhoun receiver Da'Rick Rogers (21), here outleaping a defender during the playoffs, apparently did not commit to Tennessee while on a visit there this past weekend. (Special photo by Lane Bearden)

High-flying Calhoun receiver Da'Rick Rogers (21), here outleaping a defender during the playoffs, apparently did not commit to Tennessee while on a visit there this past weekend. (Special photo by Lane Bearden)

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.

Come back for more news and notes about the weekend goings-on in recruiting with the daily “Ten at 10.”

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94 comments Add your comment

frank

January 25th, 2010
1:08 am

Marty Funkhauser

January 25th, 2010
1:27 am

frank — Congratulations man, that is great. Amazing that you were able to pull that off. I know your folks must be proud given the gravity of such an accomplishment.

CommandoDawg

January 25th, 2010
1:36 am

Uh oh. I didn’t know Nash Nance’s dad was Da’Rick Roger’s guardian. Although the younger guys will make the final decisions, if Mr. Nance thought his son had a reasonable chance of playing at Tennessee, he might recommend Tennessee over Vandy AND then he would certainly like Da”Rick there to catch Nash’s passes.

dawg4life

January 25th, 2010
1:51 am

Why would he not want to play next to AJ? Would not make any sense.

Octomom

January 25th, 2010
2:13 am

If I were Nance, I’d go to Vandy. He’d have a much better chance of seeing significant playing time there and he’d obviously get a better education.

UGA's new DC will be Daigle

January 25th, 2010
5:10 am

I think he is planning on allowing Nick Saban to announce where he will attend. Seems to be the thing to do now days… Am I Right Kirby??

USS Know it all

January 25th, 2010
5:48 am

I love America.

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Top Dawg

January 25th, 2010
6:54 am

Can you imagine how a decent wide receiver would benefit from playing on the same offense as A. J. Green, who is double-teamed all the time?

dawgfan13

January 25th, 2010
7:07 am

I think Da Rick is going to be a good reciever, but I am from the old school thinking, recruit players who want to be bulldogs! If Da Rick feels he wants to drag this thing to the end, then let him but I would not be in tears if he signed with Tenn. I actually think we have a lot of good recievers to go along with AJ! The Bennet kid from Alphretta iis going to be a great slot guy and hopefully the O line will get better and we will run the ball. So Da Rick if you feel that you will be better off at another schoo, Good Luck, but the University of Georgia will def move on without YOU!

BAMA FAN #2

January 25th, 2010
7:10 am

Chip, Toby Jackson visited Tuscaloosa this past weekend to see want the crimson tide had!! National
Champs for 09 and more on the way!! RTR

Vick=Dog killing thug

January 25th, 2010
7:36 am

Can’t blame these young men for looking around. Innocent until proven guilty and committed until un-committed. You will always have a home with the BullDawg Nation Da’Rick

Dap01

January 25th, 2010
7:50 am

Da’Rick: Come to UGA, you will never see a double team with Green and Charles on the other side of the ball.

kydawg

January 25th, 2010
8:04 am

The Whitaker kid would fill a need faster than Rogers…would love to have both but no sense getting caught up in the hype. Just make a decision a stick to it…JEEZ!

Bremen Dawg

January 25th, 2010
8:08 am

Jeff Whitaker come to Athens, forget Miami and Auburn

Justin

January 25th, 2010
8:14 am

Snoopy, come home.

is there someone else to offer a scholarship to?

January 25th, 2010
8:14 am

pull his scholarship offer and offer it to someone wwho is definitely committed to Georgia…why do big colleges cater to such nonsense, this kid has proven he can play against AA high school talent, that is it…he was a flop in the state championship game and shouldn’t even have been at the high school deal shown on Espn…..we got enough receivers at UGA who want to be there

those games meant everything to tech

January 25th, 2010
8:18 am

wow….why would someone not want to play next to AJ Green for a year and actually learn from one of the best..

VolsRule

January 25th, 2010
8:33 am

Quite your whinning! It’s open season – these recruits have the right to visit any school they wish – and sign the dotted line on signing day …or beyond.

Many Tennessee so called “commits” out visiting other schools as well – it’s a part of the process.

If Da’Rick or Nash want to play together at Tennessee – more power to them. If they want to play together at VANDY – more power to them.

I personally think the VOLS need to add another QB or two to develop and hope we get Nash. Saw Calhoun play Buford on TV – plenty of talent – was UNDER BIG pressure and underthrew alot in that game – good arm – made good reads – his accuracy was a little off – however – it’s not fair to judge a kid on one game.

I like the Buford DT/OL kid UGA signed – he had a whale of a game – Houston??? played both sides – looked real good in this game.

For Da’Rick – he showed flashes of what the hype was about – but thought he played with a primadona attitude – which I did not like. Much smaller Buford DB’s kept him in check – and made better plays for the ball as he watched and then held his arms up like he was entitled for a perfect pass. He would not adjust and get the DANG ball – Again -it was only one game – but he was outplayed by 5′9″ corners. His downfield blocking was pathetic – again – a big issue – a big attitude – must be too good to do blue collar work.

Mark my words – this kid has an attitude problem and will be project. He is more Hype right now than anything else. The big game – he was not special at all. He apparently has a sports car body – but a VESPA engine.

ONE THING I WISH FOR BOTH UGA and TENNESSEE – we both beat the GATORS!!!

Look forward to visiting beautiful Athens this fall – hope we can hang with the Dogs this year. I think 2010 – UGA will surprise some folks – but 2011 – UGA will be in their customery 3rd position in the SEC EAST.

GO VOLS!!

The Grinch

January 25th, 2010
8:34 am

VolsRule

January 25th, 2010
8:33 am

Agreed about Rogers and his attitude. I believe he actually played for Darlington and got into some trouble before landing at Calhoun. Big risk, but it could be a big payoff.

Dap01

January 25th, 2010
8:39 am

Other than Whitaker, what uncommitteds is UGA hoping for? Any more OL’s?

DawgMAN

January 25th, 2010
8:40 am

VolRule – interesting post. Agree on your evaluation of the Calhoun – Buford game. I thought Da’Rick got schooled by much smaller corners and thought he looked lazy out there. However – he has a huge upside – He is fast – strong – serious vertical leap – good hands. He needs some mental maturity – and more coaching. I like him as a propect and a project.

Carter

January 25th, 2010
8:41 am

Hmmmm…the mention of the word “Vespa’ makes me wonder if Da’Rick has a valid driver’s license.

Spenser

January 25th, 2010
8:43 am

DawgMAN- If he needs more coaching, why would he go to Athens? A.J came in ready to play, this kid needs an adjustment or two.

dawgjammin

January 25th, 2010
8:44 am

Chip,

It looks like UGA currently has 17 verbal commits counting towards 2010. The 2 early enrolls count towards ‘09, correct? How many can the dogs sign 24-27?

Can you compile a “wish list” like the AJC did last year for Tech and UGA? Kids that have been offered by either school but haven’t decided yet? Also maybe give your opinion of a “lean” towards which school those kids will pick.

Thanks!

BufordKing

January 25th, 2010
8:46 am

VolsRule – 8:33 Post – agree about Da’Rick Rogers. He was a real concern going into this game – but our QB pressure and CB play shut him down. I too was surprised how our much smaller corners out battled him for the ball on several occasions. He was pretty much a nonfactor. I was not impressed with this kid – and UGA can have him – GO CLEMSON!!!

Paddy

January 25th, 2010
8:48 am

If we judged signing players on their loyalty to UGA and the desire to want to be a Dawg we may never win a game. Talent wins games not a team full of “Rudy’s”.

In Pollack we trust

January 25th, 2010
8:52 am

David Pollack just tweeted that it’s a “done deal” that Rosie O’Donnell will appear in SI’s next Swimsuit Issue.

bank walker

January 25th, 2010
8:53 am

Chip, UGA needs big inside D-lineman. We signed Toby Jackson a couple of years back, but I don’t hear anything about our coaches recruiting him. Can you get anything on if UGA is even still talking to him? Thanks in advance!

Bulldawg

January 25th, 2010
8:54 am

I keep seeing folks on here who say that Da’Rick isn’t that great or wouldn’t bring that much of an impact to UGA. I am not a Calhoun fan, but I have had the opportunity to watch this young man play several games over the past two seasons. I have followed high school football since 1978 and I can say without question that he is one of the top five athletes that I have seen play during that time. The fact that he did not have a big game against Buford was largely because of the defensive schemes that Buford used to prevent Calhoun from getting the ball to him. This kid is a game changer and can dominate in the right system. Just ask Coach Muschamp at Lovett who also said that Rogers was one of the greatest athletes he had seen in 17 years of high school coaching. His athleticism is not a question.

I do believe that Nance can become an SEC caliber quarterback. He has the size and the arm; he just needs development like a lot of other young QB’s. With all this being said, I think Nance has a far better chance of playing significantly at Vanderbilt and Rogers would be wise to take the offer at UGA. Despite the fact that many people have buried the Bulldogs, I see the hiring of Grantham as a major step toward restoring the Georgia program to dominance. I think we need Rogers at UGA and I hope he makes the decision to play at a school that will definitely utilize his talents. I don’t care for all the “dating” that goes on with recruiting either, but it is what it is.

bank walker

January 25th, 2010
8:55 am

Also, any new of David Beasley switching his commitment over to the Dawgs?

morris

January 25th, 2010
8:58 am

Wow. This Nance family shows no shame. They are openly using Rodgers to help their son get a scholarship offer to a bigger school. I live in Calhoun and know that this family has millions of dollars and they are obviously going to buy Da’rick off. And believe me this is the type of kid that would definently go to Tennessee in exchange for financial reward. Trust me Dawg fans, don’t lose sleep if he goes elsewhere because I have a bad feeling he is going too fizzle out. He has way to many question marks. He was kicked out of the Darlington school, there are serious concerns about his grades, and he has an attitude problem. I was at Calhoun’s first game of the season and saw him get two unsportsmanlike conduct penalities. I have very serious doubts that his college career will end up being successful. And as far as this Nance family goes I say let your son make his own way. What kind of example are you setting for your kid when you are basicallly buying somebody off so he can ride their coattails? Thats absolutely pathetic.

Vick=Dog killing thug

January 25th, 2010
9:02 am

Excellent post Volsrule. Kudos

BufordKing

January 25th, 2010
9:07 am

Spenser – 8:43 Post – I see where you are going – but remember – AJGreen is the EXCEPTION – not the RULE! Marlon Brown – another HUGE prospect – needed his freshman year to learn what playing WR is all about in a Pro-set – against competition he had never seen before. He should be an asset this year – if not 2011 to step in for AJ as he goes pro. Hope we get Da’Rick – and he takes to the coaching – and has a great career with UGA and NFL.

Kid has potential to be special – but whether he goes to TENNESSEE, UGA of GA MILITARY – it will ultimately be up to him.

Keydet Dawg

January 25th, 2010
9:09 am

I think Jeffery Whitaker was leaning to Auburn prior to the UGA visit. If i recall correctly he rated his Auburn visit a 10. Didnt get the feeeling in his update that he would give a 10 to his Ga visit. Hope I am wrong.

This visit stood out to him, because…

“Spending time with Coach Grantham was great,” he said. “He showed me his defense, the 3-4, and how they would be sending somebody every play. The offenses know someone is coming, but you just do not know where they will be coming from. Playing that nose, and that five-technique and the four-technique, so basically I could play anywhere on the line. He told me I was very important to what they want to do, and they want to have a big guy like me who can be disruptive and cause penetration in the backfield.”

“He brought his “A” game like I needed him to,” Whitaker said. “If he would have just came in with a normal conversation, I would not have had a good feeling about that. He was very intelligent and well spoken, I could tell he knew what he was talking about.”

Dont jerk my chain Dawg

January 25th, 2010
9:11 am

Whitaker kid seems to be a class act compared to this Rogers guy. Rogers has committed? Then WTF is he taking a visit to another school. Must be a limelight grabber that thinks only about himself. Whitaker is honest and told everyone he will let everyone know later after he thinks about it. Rogers is stringing UGA along…. Just go elsewhere dude or de committ.

collegeballfan

January 25th, 2010
9:12 am

These kids need to make a decision on where to attend college based on their feelings about the college. It will be home for a number of years. Who the coach is, who plays the same position, how many games they won should not enter into the decision. There are 168 hours in a week, only 20 hours will be devoted to football activities. That is 12% of your time. What will you do with the other 88% of your time?

DawgMAN

January 25th, 2010
9:12 am

Spenser – agree with your post – but as BufordKing stated – AJ is unique.

BufordKING – great post – even is you are a Clemson fan!!…..and congrats to Buford for another STATE title!! Your HS played a great game!

Chip Towers

January 25th, 2010
9:15 am

bank walker: I can’t swear to this, but I don’t think Georgia is recruiting Toby Jackson anymore. Jackson will remain at Navarro Junior College in Texas for one more season. He was at Hargrave Military before that but bolted without finishing his academic work there. I hear Oklahoma and Alabama for him but, again, not sure. . . .

dawgjammin: It is indeed in the plans to write a wish list for the Dogs’ remaining targets, and Tech. …

Dap01: As far as OLs, UGA is trying to flip Carver-Columbus OG David Beasley. . . . As for uncommitted the Dogs remain in the hunt for 5-star WR Christian Green of Tampa.

Paddy

January 25th, 2010
9:16 am

“I could tell he knew what he was talking about”. I hope to shout he knows what he is talking about! He makes 3 times more money than the president of the United States.

In Pollack we trust

January 25th, 2010
9:17 am

Yes, I agree AJ is unique. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I think Da’Rick will be a stud or a dud. There’s no in-between with him.

RxDawg

January 25th, 2010
9:17 am

“This visit just made [a final decision] even harder for me because I have so much to think about”

Hmm, this kind of tell me Mr. Whitaker will not be joining the dawgs. Oh well, best of luck to you wherever you land.

Magic Man

January 25th, 2010
9:18 am

Dawgjammin,

We are looking to sign 23, including the two early enrollees. That technically means we have four spots open. Here is our wish list:

DT Jeffery Whitaker
ATH Christian Green
CB Dequan Menzie
OL David Beasley
LB Telvin Smith
WR Kadron Boone
DT Mike Thornton

Supposedly, our needs are: 1 CB, 1-2 WR, 1 DT, 1 OL

Should be interesting how it all turns out. We may end up with more room if we know someone might not qualify.

Coach Smith

January 25th, 2010
9:19 am

Anyone worried that Da’Rick Rogers may waiver on UGA should look at this….CHIP TOWERS, that means you too….It is his facebook page, wearing a UGA jersey, in the UGA locker room, and he already has UGA class of 2014 on his school info list!

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?cropsuccess&id=1319803684#/darickrogers?ref=search&sid=1319803684.906495252..1

Da' Da' Da' Da'

January 25th, 2010
9:19 am

Da’ Rick Da’ cant Da’ Catch Da’ ball.

Dont jerk my chain Dawg

January 25th, 2010
9:22 am

UGA should pursue someone else if a kid committs then shops around. Da Rick Rogers can take his jersey and hat games elsewhere.

Facebook...really??

January 25th, 2010
9:23 am

“Coach” Smith- Have you seriously stooped to the level of trolling young kids’ Facebook pages? No “coach” that I’ve worked with or known does that. That is pathetic.

Stinger

January 25th, 2010
9:24 am

Speaking of recruiting, how the recruiting going at Buford? Heard you guys continue to “sign” only the best…..Sound system in weight room–$30,000….They say your recruiting budget is bigger than Georgia Southern’s…Not knocking what you doing, you guys got a good thing going, don’t blame you a bit…Under the present high school rules, it is “legal” to replentish your roster every year, and you guys do a great job of it….Kudos

Chip Towers

January 25th, 2010
9:27 am

Coach Smith: You’re right. A picture of Da’Rick wearing a Georgia jersey in the Dogs’ lockerroom on a his Facebook page clinches it. Thanks.

Dont jerk my chain Dawg

January 25th, 2010
9:27 am

Da Rick Rogers with his attitude about women is just another thug according to his FB page. Pathetic !