Nash Nance commits to Tennessee; will Da’Rick Rogers follow?

Nash Nance has committed to Tennessee.

Nance, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback from Calhoun, had been committed to Vanderbilt since last June. But he received a scholarship offer from Tennessee last week and took an official visit to Tennessee along with teammate Da’Rick Rogers this past weekend. He told Commodores coach Bobby Johnson during an in-home visit Wednesday night he was going to de-commit and go with the Vols.

“After visiting Tennessee on Jan. 22-23 and hours of prayer I feel that Tennessee is the better fit for me,” Nance said in a statement released to the AJC and other media outlets Thursday afternoon. “Coach [Derek] Dooley has all the confidence in me and my abilities. [He] had already broken down my junior and senior film and really likes my abilities and future as a Vol.”

No word yet on how this may or may not affect Rogers’ decision.

Rogers, a five-star wide receiver and the No. 1 player in the state according to the AJC, has been committed to Georgia since last June. But he also accompanied Nance on the UT visit last weekend after receiving an offer from the new Vols’ staff last week. The Calhoun stars and best friends have discussed the possibility of attending college together.

Rogers has not yet commented on Nance’s commitment to Tennessee.

Nance is rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN and a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He passed for 3,018 yards and 29 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in his only season at Calhoun. Nance transferred to Calhoun after spending his first three seasons at the Darlington School, a private school.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Rogers, Nance’s main target, established a state record with 1,641 receiving yards. Calhoun finished 14-1 after losing to Buford in the Class AA state finals.

Here’s Nance’s statement in it’s entirety:

“First of all I’d like to state that Vanderbilt, Coach Johnson, and all his staff, players and recruits are all top notch people and players. It was a difficult decision for me but I told Coach Johnson last night after a visit in my  home that I was decommitting from Vanderbilt. It was very emotional for me and my family I think the world of Coach Cain, who was there as well and QB Coach Kiser. But after visiting Tennessee on Jan 22-23 and hours of prayer I feel that Tennessee is a better fit for me.

“Coach Dooley has all the confidence in me and my abilities. Coach Dooley had already broken down my [junior] and [senior] film and he really likes my abilities and future as a Vol. Coach Dooley was so easy to talk to and he is very driven. He is a man of integrity like his father. I truly felt that I could go see Coach Dooley anytime with any issue, personal or football related. That is very important to me. In my opinion the Vol nation has a new head coach with integrity, extreme drive to be succesful, and a common man that all young athletes will relate to and will love going to battle with every Saturday.

“Coach Chaney was the lead guy that recruited me. He and I hit it off from the beginning. Knowing he coached the great Purdue offenses and QBs Drew Brees and Kyle Horton is exciting. And his years of pro experience. Lastly my postion Coach Hinshaw is a perfect fit for me. Great ex-player and he loved my abilities and work ethic. I already practice some of his teaching principles. Also most importantly UT had everything I wanted academically. The new Haslam Business Building blew me away! I am so relieved and blessed to have this oppurtunty to play football for the University of Tennessee!”

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371 comments Add your comment

St Simons

January 28th, 2010
2:06 pm

Why? He will not hit the field, at Vandy he would have played. 1st.

Jaxdawg

January 28th, 2010
2:09 pm

This may be a bad sign for UGA…..I hope not though

DAWGBREEDER

January 28th, 2010
2:11 pm

UT, OH!!!! Can you pups feel it slipping away!!

Marty Funkhauser

January 28th, 2010
2:15 pm

If he goes, he goes. Would be preferable to keep him, but the program has been around for over 100 years before this kid was born and it will be around 100 year after he is dead. Whatever, in or out kid — either way life will move on.

To quote Charles De Gaulle “cemeteries are full of indispensable men.”

Chris Eagle

January 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

This might be bad. I have to give it to the Vols for being persistent.

Really?

January 28th, 2010
2:20 pm

Of course Dooley liked what he saw in Nance. He is use to evaluating 2 star recruits from his previous gig.

McDawg

January 28th, 2010
2:20 pm

What are they boyfriend girlfriend?

gadawgs

January 28th, 2010
2:21 pm

Bad decision on Nance’s part. TN already has two QB’s (one four star & one three star) from this class already enrolled that are better than him. He will never see the field except maybe for the scout team. I understand TN offering to get Rogers but if I was Nance I would have stayed at Vandy and been in the mix to play instead of being a signal guy from the sideline. I wish him the best but if it were me I would have gone to Nashville and actually got on the field and I also would have received a better education from a more respected educational institution (because he will have to earn his living doing something else besides playing football). A degree from Vanderbilt carries more weight than a degree from TN (and yes even GA). I have a feeling this was all for daddy and his daddy just screwed him.

Greg

January 28th, 2010
2:22 pm

Forget Da’Rick! Lets get e will Christian Green out of Tampa! He will get in school and be a better WR anyway!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 28th, 2010
2:23 pm

He broke his Junior and Senior year tape down to c just how damn good Rodgers was! LOL! I mean lets be real here. This is laughable that the kid was goingto sign with Vandy! Now UT comes in late recruiting him? We know they had to go after a QB this class, but getting one from Vandy? LMAO! God bless Rodgers for whatever he does, but please don’t play coy with everyone here. Lets get to the facts.

Da'Rick to

January 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

Da’Vols of Tenn

Youbetcha!

January 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

Well Da’ricks job is done. He was just helping his buddy get an offer from UT. I look forward to Da’rick signing with UGA next Wed. Go Dawgs!

Dean

January 28th, 2010
2:25 pm

Yeah, I got to say a degree from Vandy is quite an accomplishment that in and of itself would carry you a long way. The other SEC schools are football factories. Unless he has real NFL talent he may have just made a huge mistake. But, it’s up to him. You can always make something with a UT degree as well if you apply yourself. Just don’t go huttin with a coon skin hat in the Appalachians.

Greg

January 28th, 2010
2:26 pm

GET CHRISTIAN GREEN!!!!!

Les W. Moore

January 28th, 2010
2:28 pm

Nash Nance has all the intelligence, skill, size, and desire to be a starting QB in the SEC. I’m sure mutt nation laughed at Alabama for signing McElroy four years ago.

attn gadawgs

January 28th, 2010
2:29 pm

gadawgs:

Nance’ father is a millionaire, he made it on carpet; and to be in the know at UT probably means more to his future than an excellent education at Vandy. And remember the old saying: its not what you know but who you know.

hsf

January 28th, 2010
2:32 pm

3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns? That’s outstanding in any league. He be picking the Bulldog secondary apart in a couple of years.

rick

January 28th, 2010
2:34 pm

Most people around the calhoun program feel that the QB from last season (Michael Johnson) and the back up QB from this season actually ran the calhoun Offense better thank Nance.

Not saying they have the size and potential of Nance, just but playing ability in that system.

Where's my crack pipe?

January 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

No way Dooley broke down his junior year film. Unless they wanted to see how not to play QB. If Dooley wanted to see a highlight film of INT’s, fumbles, and just pure dumbass plays then he saw that on his junior year film!

Calhounboy

January 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

I think the decision is easy for DaRick. Follow Nash to college and be financially secure or go on his own a be broke just like any other college student.

jason

January 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

Probably a good choice by Nance. If he went to Vandy, he’d be holding the clipboard for 2 years before transferring to Furman.

collegeballfan

January 28th, 2010
2:41 pm

“He passed for 3,018 yards and 29 touchdowns with only eight interceptions…”

Whether you like it or do not like it this says this kid can play.

Dawg Nation

January 28th, 2010
2:41 pm

THERE IS A REASON HE HAS BEEN A DAWG FOR THIS LONG. UGA IS WHERE HIS HEART IS. WHY GO TO ANY UNPROVEN STAFF OVER WIDE RECIEVER U? I’M GLAD THEY ARE BEST FRIENDS, BUT HE’S GOTTA MAKE HIS OWN DECISION. WHATS BEST FOR ONE MAY NOT BE FOR THE OTHER. EITHER WAY, DAWGS ON THE WAY TO THE TOP! GATA DAWGS!!!

Central Georgia Dawg

January 28th, 2010
2:42 pm

I didn’t even read the article, but this is the most misinformed individual to ever cover college recruiting. Use rivals or scout. This is the National Inquirer of Recruiting blogs! Everyone knows

dc

January 28th, 2010
2:42 pm

To the above poster….Why the dislike for Nance? Does it bother you that much that he’s going to UT?

Ernest T Bass

January 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

It’s me it’s me; it’s Ernest T

dc

January 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

Wide Receiver U? Who does UGA have that can stack up with Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss, etc?

gadawgs

January 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

attn gadawgs… Did not realize his father was a millionaire, therefore you are right he does not have to worry about earning a living on his own in the future. That explains why he doesn’t mind riding the coattails of Rogers because he is used to being carried. I do truly wish him the best. Rogers too if he follows (I would love to have the guy but only if his heart was in it. If not it’s better that he goes somewhere else).

South GA Dawg

January 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

Who cares about Nance???!! Follow a two star quarterback to Tenn so that you can pat him on the shoulder on your way into the game?? Real Smart. Not like Nance is a world beater or something. Gimme a break!!

jall

January 28th, 2010
2:44 pm

Georgia is headed for a potential disaster on their would be top ten class with Rogers and Robey about to defect, and Cristian Green headed to FSU…

DAWGBooster

January 28th, 2010
2:45 pm

We don’t need Da’Rick or Thornton. Good Riddance! It is a privilege to wear the red and black. I wouldn’t even care if they went to gatech.

CBB1

January 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

I saw Nance play in high school numerous times and he will never play a down at TN, unless it is mop up duty. He is crazy for giving up a chance for a degree from Vandy for one from TN. I am a UGA grad and if Da’Rick doesn’t want to come to UGA, then let him go. We need more 3 star athletes that have heart and want to be a Georgia Bulldog. If he goes with Nance, no hard feelings here. Too many “wanna be in the NFL golden boys” in Athens now anyway.

Ernest T Bass

January 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

Rodgers over and out? But have you seen the great talent pool, in the state of Georgia, in 2010!!!

John

January 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

Loyalty is not his strong suit.

DawgFan24

January 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

We dont need WRs. We need LBs! UGA is about to become linebacker U!!!!

GO DAWGS!! New sheriff in town gonna bring a big bad swagger back to our Defense! I say, If any recruit can’t see the light on what we’re building here in Athens, then to hell with him!

bigdawg01

January 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

Da’Rick will be a Dawg. Stop all the freaking out.

tom

January 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

drunkyard dawg

January 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

PULL ROGERS’ SCHOLLIE RIGHT NOW!!! SCREW THE NANCES FOR INTERFERING WITH DA’RICK’S COLLEGE CHOICE! IF HE DOESNT WANT TO BE A DAWG 110%, I DONT WANT HIM! I WANT PLAYERS WHO BLEED RED AND BLACK, AND IF HE IS NOT FULLY COMMITTED TO UGA THIS LATE IN THE GAME I DONT WANT HIM!

DAWGBooster

January 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

Da’Rick does not deserve to be a dawg neither does Thornton. Not welcome anymore.

The Grinch

January 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

Do you not find it strange the bobsie twins went to a private school in Rome (Darlington) for the bulk of their high school career before transferring to Calhoun? Many contacts in Rome said Rodgers was going to get kicked out.

Also, if Rodgers follows Nance, he’ll sure be a better financial situation. Nance’s dad is “partial guardian” to Rodgers so he could send him money and be within the confines of NCAA guidelines. Just sayin….

mg67

January 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

What I saw posted was Nance left Vandy because they lied to him.Is this true?

UGAFan

January 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

Maybe he will Tim, so you life will have meaning. I’ll go ahead and write your headline for you:

DA’RICK ROGERS GOES TO UT. MORE UGA RECRUITS TO FOLLOW?????

BDAWG

January 28th, 2010
2:58 pm

I hope Rogers sees through this. Nance is not a top rated QB. This is just to get Rogers to sign, I hope this young man has more sense than that. Coach Dooley might do okay, but that was just to put a HC in that position so fast to try to keep the recruits. Rogers will benefit much more at UGA. I hope Bobo gets the offense together. The young QBs will be fine. If Rogers goes to UGA he will make to the NFL as a high pick, if he goes to UT, good luck.

What Dooley really was saying

January 28th, 2010
2:58 pm

“I’ve broken down your film and have confidence in your abilities” really means “I am taking a flier on you on the chance it swings Da’Rick. You won’t ever play here, but wasting a scholarship on you is worth it if it swings your friend. If Da’Rick doesn’t come I will wait a few months then start to try to convince you to transfer somewhere else”.

DAWGBooster

January 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

UGAFan, have some pride. We are going to wip up on Tennessee and Da’Rick. He can’t beat us.

MoDawg

January 28th, 2010
3:00 pm

Les W. Moore “muttnation” didn’t know who McElroy was 4 years ago to laugh at him. If not for Mt. Cody blocking the fieldgoal and ‘Bama having a Heisman Trophy winning RB this past year, we may still not know who he is. But we do now, and nobody’s laughing.

I wish Nash the best and hope that Da’Rick comes to Athens as he previously committed to do. If he doesn’t, then I wish him well wherever he goes. These guys are really good friends, but sometimes it helps to grow to get out of their comfort zone. Either may blossom without the other. I hope they both do well, regardless.

These kids make the decision they think is best for them. It’s a tough decision, I’m sure.

Just my opinion

January 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Da’Rick Rogers may be good, but he was anything but impressive against Buford in the state finals. This is the closest thing to a college setting (crowd, noise, pressure)other than an allstar game and he didn’t step up. Maybe competition makes a difference.

Gen Neyland

January 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Am I the only one that appreciates the virulence from rabid Dawgs directed at 17-18 year olds that have the ability to think things through..? They go where either their heart takes them, who bests sells them a program or what program can park a Grand Am in front of the house. Nance followed his heart and if he opts out of Tennessee for anywhere else, it’s his business. Teacher! Leave The Kids Alone…

The Grinch

January 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Gen Neyland

January 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Did your rip off your shirt and scream “UT WILD BOYZ” when you were finished with your post? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

DAWG_poop

January 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

The sky is falling bull puppies. What a bad year for UGA. First your dog dies. Then you try to run your coach out of Athens, and now your #1 recruit is about to play for the Big Orange. We welcome you to the distinguished line of UT WR’s.