Georgia loses commitment Deon Rogers to Louisville

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.”

Later in the day Saturday the Bulldogs’ got a second 2011 — safety Corey Moore of Griffin — according to both UGASports.com andDawgPost.com.

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259 comments Add your comment

San Francisco Dawg

January 30th, 2010
5:19 pm

Because of a relationship with a coach? Louisville? Have fun…

2nd post

January 30th, 2010
5:26 pm

Todd

January 30th, 2010
5:33 pm

Mock Louisville all you want liberal dog. They will be playing in a major bowl sooner than the trainwreck uga. Look at all those recruits bolting. Darick is the next.

Denver Dog

January 30th, 2010
5:35 pm

At least he won’t ever have to go to class again. Good luck young man, but I thought that this story was about a month old!

PTC Jacket

January 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

He wasn’t going to need to go to class either way.

Felix the Cat

January 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

Just quitters and losers nedd to bow out and go to Louisville..Just not ready for the big time….stupid baby…………………………5th………….

Tuscaloosa Dawg

January 30th, 2010
5:38 pm

Good luck to Mr. Rogers. I’m hopeful that when future LBs see Grantham’s 3-4 get after it they will be clammoring to play for Georgia. I respect that he recognized that he might not be up for what the 3-4 requires of a LB and bowed out befoe 2/3/10 – maybe a big-time LB will step-up and chose Georgia over FSU.

r2d2

January 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

don’t let the door hit you….

Dawg Tired

January 30th, 2010
5:42 pm

How do we know he will actually keep his “commitment” to Louisville?

1eyedJack

January 30th, 2010
5:43 pm

Sounds like he was a Jancek type linebacker and not a Grantham type. Wasn’t rated that high anyway. Frees up a scholarship for Whitaker or Thornton or maybe Telvin Smith (whom Grantham seems to be more enamored with). If nothing else a scholly for a 2011 early enrollee.

GeoffDawg

January 30th, 2010
5:43 pm

Todd, you’re a tool. Good luck to him at Louisville but if you think they’re going back to the BCS before Georgia, you’re drinking the bong water my friend.

Tuscaloosa Dawg

January 30th, 2010
5:43 pm

“before” and “choose.”

llf

January 30th, 2010
5:44 pm

Show some class guys. You’re talking about high school kids.

Bremen Dawg

January 30th, 2010
5:47 pm

Thats the kids that UGA wants, is the kids like Chris Sanders, he wants to be a Bulldog.

private plane watching

January 30th, 2010
5:47 pm

Louisville? What a joke… uga is fading fast!

dog gone

January 30th, 2010
5:47 pm

hahahahahahahhahahaha

Dawg Tired

January 30th, 2010
5:48 pm

11? Surely that’s not right. We had 19 yesterday (or so I thought).

UGA 2010

January 30th, 2010
5:48 pm

Hey Todd, its “Da’Rick you idiot. Damn, i mean his name is EVERYWHERE right now and you STILL can’t spell it. i can see why your not a dawg fan, to dumb…. And i call u an idiot b/c if you think Louisville is goin to a major bowl before UGA…….HAHAHA i rest my case!!

Foothills football fan

January 30th, 2010
5:48 pm

Butler did not de-commit, his offer was pulled I.I.R.C. Now he’s someone else’ s problem. And the Rogers kid was dead on-He’s not a good fit anymore.

.

January 30th, 2010
5:50 pm

Bless you brother for waking up before it was to late. Yes, BCS before UGA if Obama don’t do away with BCS. I hope they do change to play-off system.

UGA 2010

January 30th, 2010
5:50 pm

WELL SAID GEOFFDAWG!!!!!

Duh George

January 30th, 2010
5:50 pm

Lousiville, they have a FOOTBALL team? You’re kidding, right? Louisville? Is that in Kentucky? Isn’t horseback riding the thing over there? Louisville? You’re talking about Louisville? Seriously? WOW.

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
5:52 pm

Good luck at Louisville , good choice. He wouldn’t fit well in the 3-4 and you can’t blame him. I also think we’ve got Smith from FSU. We will see him in 2011 when the Cardinals come to town and i bet those guys will be envious of the silver britches go dawgs!

Fl Dawg

January 30th, 2010
5:52 pm

I do not know where Chip gets his sources, but this is old and UGA has 18 commitments by Rivals.com Why is the AJC so far behind in their stories.

goatD

January 30th, 2010
5:52 pm

Really. If he backs out, then he must stink and suck and have no character. Gimme a break, guys………they’re kids. At least he gave a logical explanation, and didn’t dis Athens. What more do you want? Maybe some of those self-absorbed punks who what to hold a press conference with two or three hats on, while we supposedly wait with baited breath? It’s football, dudes, not eternal life…………..

TXDawg

January 30th, 2010
5:53 pm

It’s always a good thing when a guy recognizes the fact that he’s not good enough for such an elite program like ours at UGA!! He’ll probably stand out more at Louisville, since that program competes on a lower level. Also, I think we’ll have Louisville in Athens before he graduates too, so he’ll get to see first hand what kind of defense he of which he could have been associated.

UGAFan

January 30th, 2010
5:53 pm

See ya ……

Duh George

January 30th, 2010
5:54 pm

Georgia Recruit Demetre Baker had twice as many tackles as Deon so Deon probably knew he wouldn’t start for georgia anyways.

Demetre Baker–80 tackles
Deon Rogers- 40 tackles

Haaa haaaa haaaa

UGA 2010

January 30th, 2010
5:54 pm

AND WHY THE HELL IS THE TITLE: UGA LOSES “STAR” RECRUIT??? OH WOW, WE LOST A 3 STAR LINEBACKER WHO WANTED TO GO TO LOUISVILLE! IF HE WAS ANY GOOD HE WOULD OF GONE TO A BETTER COLLEGE THAN THAT I MEAN C’MON!

Coach Grantham

January 30th, 2010
5:55 pm

Win some, lose some. That’s what I always say.

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
5:58 pm

Geno is tearing it up in the senior bowl. Couple tackles and caused some holding penalties and made a sack. These tools from the NFL network need to recognize he looks like the best dl by far. Man he would be a beast in the 3-4.

chuck allison

January 30th, 2010
5:58 pm

UGA 2010, don’t be mocking folks for not knowing how to spell “Darick”. The kid’s folks probably invented that name especially for their little boy. Most of those type names are unique. We never saw them before and we will never see them again. Even Darick will want to invent a new name for his own son.

Bill

January 30th, 2010
5:59 pm

The kids going where HE wants to go…..its his life. He’s not going to please the fan but to get Ed. and play ball. Cool it DA fans.

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
5:59 pm

He is teamates with Jeff Luc thats why we offered to try to get to the big man. i dont think he would have been on our radar with Grantham

Coach Grantham

January 30th, 2010
6:01 pm

Gee, I hope CWM doesn’t take any recruits to Stanford.

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
6:07 pm

If they are interested in playing for Willie the can go to Cali

weatherdawg

January 30th, 2010
6:08 pm

I appreciate the fact that Rogers let us know before signing day. I wish the young man success at Louisville–except when he plays the Dawgs. I think he made the correct decision for him. Go Dawgs!

JFKDawg

January 30th, 2010
6:10 pm

UGA opens up with Louisville in 2011. He’ll wish he had made a different pick on that day. Wanting to play in the Big Least Conference? These kids need to understand they go to a school because of the university, not because of a position coach. If recent history has taught us, coaches will up and leave in a minute ( see Pete Carroll, Lame Kitten, etc.).

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
6:10 pm

He was our Nash Nace just bait for the big man!

Dawg Tired

January 30th, 2010
6:10 pm

UGA2010 – This was Deon not Da’Rick, although Da’Rick may well be the next to not keep his word (as far as I know he too has already made a “commitment to some other school by the time I write this). And while i don’t have a clue how good any of these kids will turn out to be, I have repeatedly said I don’t want anyone who does not bleed red and black. Again I say, give me a bunch of the so-called 3-star kids who really want to be a dawg over all the 4 and 5-star kids. Football is about passion effort and (yes) commitment to a program and school and teammates, not selfishness.

And in response to GoatD (with absolutely no intention of making him mad): Yes, failure to keep one’s word is a matter of character. For example, telling folks “I’m not going to be the coach at Alabama” and then becoming the coach at Alabama is an indication of one’s character. In a nut shell, it’s called lying. Where I come from, that indicates a lack of character. Again, I’m not trying to make you (or anyone else for that matter) mad, just stating my opinion, which is just as good as yours.

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
6:11 pm

He does fit our system you can’t blame him.

hunker down

January 30th, 2010
6:11 pm

Typically I feel that a recruit should stick to his word. However, things changed in the recruting process with his position coach changing and him no longer sure. I am not sure if his comment about CTG and needing bigger players to play at the LB spot. I would think if you had speed then you could play OLB. But at any rate I wish the young man well and hope you stay healthy.

txdawg

January 30th, 2010
6:12 pm

Todd – please send me some of what you are smoking. louisville? a bowl before UGA? did you look at them last season?

D.Ellis

January 30th, 2010
6:12 pm

It was the right choice for the kid. Larger LB’s are required in the 3-4. However that doesn’t mean UGA no longer wanted him. He might have fit in at another spot, you never know.

HE was and has always been thought of as a soft verbal. So it’s really not a big surprise to alot of us he switched. And he is a star LB. No matter how many stars you have be it 1,2 4,5 or 3

ANYONE with offers fro mUGA/FSU/LSU/OHIO STATE/PURDUE….is a player period point blank.

So to all my fellow DAWG fans who posts like idiots about him only being a 3 star STFU….kid can play.

vsublazer

January 30th, 2010
6:13 pm

I heard from a teacher at Warner Robins High that Jeff Whitaker picked Auburn.

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
6:16 pm

Our OLB guys will be hybrid defenders and need speed but lots of strength on the edge have to be very phsicalbecause they will be goin againt the tackles alot. Jusin Houston , C Washington and Montez Robinson are the type of guys Grantham wil be looking for at OLB. Also our de’s will get bigger , one of Bamas was 300lb’s and knocked Mcoy out of the BCS game. Were running a two gap 3-4 but they will still need to be bubba’s.

juvenal

January 30th, 2010
6:18 pm

there are repeated post on how Groh/Giff gate will hurt Tech-ya’ll should mind your own taters….CHIP, i know that you(like almost everyone else in this country) don’t wrry about the academic side, but is that ever part of what is going on in recruiting IN THE RECUITS MINDS?

dawgbone

January 30th, 2010
6:19 pm

Rambo was a three star , Thomas Davis etc etc. It’s how they develop some of the 5 stars have reached there peak and these guys just need coaching , might have come from a small unknown school. The recruiting rankings are just a way of selling premium info thats all.

D.Ellis

January 30th, 2010
6:21 pm

Word is UGA has also got a 2nd verbal today for 2011.

option smoption

January 30th, 2010
6:30 pm

UGA 2010…Nice try but before you call somebody else dumb, check your facts. Deon Rogers is a linebacker from fla…Da’Rick Rogers is a WR from GA…BOTH were commits, Da’Rick MAY be switching to Tennessee, Deon DID switch to Lousville….No arguing who the dummy was making that comment.