It took a while, but Georgia’s coaching change cost it another commitment.
Deon Rogers, a linebacker from Port St. Lucie, Fla., decommitted to the Bulldogs on Friday in order to commit to Louisville last night. He’s the second UGA commitment to make such a move, joining Kissimmee, Fla., linebacker B.J. Butler, who did it earlier this month.
“I just felt like Louisville was a better fit,” Rogers said Saturday. “Georgia fired the coach that was recruiting me [John Jancek] and I just never felt as comfortable after that. I still like Georgia as a school and as a football program. But I’d built a bond and a relationship with Coach Jancek and I never really got that back. ”
Rogers also said he had some reservations about the 3-4 defense that new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was installing.
“I was kind of iffy about the 3-4,” Rogers said. “It looks like the linebackers he uses for that are a lot bigger and I’m not really that big yet. Overall Louisville was just a better fit.”
On the final day of the contact period for the 2010 recruiting class, Georgia goes down to 18 commitments. The Bulldogs could sign 23 to 24 on national signing day Wednesday.
Georgia did get some good news Saturday. The Bulldogs received their first commitment for the 2011 class. Chris Sanders, a 6-foot, 173-pound athlete that plays safety and wide receiver at Tucker High, committed while participating in Georgia’s annual Junior Day camp.
“It feels good,” Sanders said of being the first in UGA’s 2011 class. “I just thought it would be good for my family and it’s my hometown. I also think about Asher [Allen] and Thomas [Brown] came from the same high and played at UGA.. So its an honor and I thank God for it.”
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