At one time, Hal Lamb was a trusted adviser and confidant for Nash Nance and Da’Rick Rogers. The two Calhoun High stars went to their coach about everything.
But not any more. Lamb is out of the loop now.
Lamb is the head football coach and athletic director at Calhoun High School and the architect of the pass-happy spread offense that has attracted players like Nance and Rogers to play for him. Nance passed for 3,018 yards and 29 touchdowns in that system this past season and Rogers established the state record with 1,641 yards receiving as the Yellow Jackets won 14 games before losing in the Class AA state championship.
It was at least partially on Lamb’s advice that Nance committed to Vanderbilt and Rogers to Georgia last June. But as we steam into national signing day tomorrow, it’s looking increasingly like neither of those commitments will be honored.
Nance is now firmly committed to Tennessee after accepting an 11th-hour offer last week and will sign with the Vols on Wednesday. Rogers, a five-star recruit, followed his best friend Nance up to Knoxville the past two weekends and may well follow him up there for good. And though he has never decommitted to UGA, it appears increasingly likely Rogers could also sign with UT.
Rogers isn’t saying. He hasn’t answered texts, phone calls or emails for days.
But don’t bother asking Lamb what his star receiver is going to do. He’s as in the dark as anybody.
“I am totally unsure right now what he’s going to do,” Lamb said Monday afternoon. “He hasn’t communicated it to me.”
It’s not from a lack of trying. Lamb met with Rogers for 45 minutes this past Friday.
“I sat down with him and tried to help him,” Lamb said. “We went over the pros and cons of both schools. But he never let on as to what he was thinking.”
Rogers also failed to mention he planned to go back up to Knoxville this weekend.
“That’s what I heard,” Lamb said of that trip.
Asked if Rogers had some kind of falling out with Georgia, Lamb said he didn’t think so.
“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s just hard to figure.”
The only thing Lamb could say for sure is the two players are going to ink their letters-of-intent on Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. in the media center at Calhoun High School (along with teammates Kedron Aker, a safety headed to UAB, and Cody Ralson, a linebacker bound for UCF).
The last time Calhoun had such a gathering at the school was nearly eight months ago on June 9. It was the day Nance and Rogers committed to Vandy and Georgia.