Calhoun coach ‘totally unsure’ what Da’Rick Rogers will do

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.

360 comments Add your comment

EDDIE

February 2nd, 2010
5:46 am

I CANT BELEIVE IM AM FIRST OR AM I

RonnieGarDner

February 2nd, 2010
5:47 am

Chip, you and coach Lamb keep working all the angles for me till I get up there tonight.Tell the young man what he wants to hear, keep throwing out the pros and cons and I’m sure we will be fine. Just remember not to break any rules while recruiting though.

Taylor S

February 2nd, 2010
5:48 am

I have hear the NCAA is keeping an eye on Rogers recruitment and may investigate. Is this just another rumor or is there some truth to it?

Taylor S

February 2nd, 2010
5:48 am

I wonder?

February 2nd, 2010
5:49 am

Eddie, You will always be first in my heart!

I wonder?

February 2nd, 2010
5:51 am

I am not upset with our recruiting class. I wish it could be better, but with the transitions of coaches, it is going to be a good class.

I wonder?

February 2nd, 2010
5:54 am

Taylor, I have also wondered if this recruitment of Rogers will be inspected. Car has been purchased for Rogers, and lots of behind the scene meetings going on. Makes me wonder if maybe young Dooley is rushing to hard to get started at Tenn.

LivingInCalhoun

February 2nd, 2010
5:55 am

The bigger story here is not Da’Rick, it’s Nash’s father, Mike, and his influence over the process. He has been in the middle of the things during this entire season. He is using Da’Rick to his Nash’s advantage. He has caused stress within the Calhoun coaching staff all season. He tried to control things at Darlington when Nash was enrolled there. A book could be written on everything this family has been involved in.

Gdawg

February 2nd, 2010
5:56 am

Good Morning Mr. Rogers,

On behalf of the bulldog nation, I would like to encourage you to become a bulldog tomorrow. Most importantly, I would like to encourage you to stick with your committment that you made to CMR and the Bulldog Nation eight months ago. We will welcome you into our home with open and loving arms. Together, with sensational your wonderful talent and with, RFR Aaron Murray throwing bullets to you, we will compete year in and year out for championships.

Sanford stadium will be lit up on Saturdays like you have never before seen or heard a stadium rocking. We have a true DFC in CTG. We are legit, but we need a ligit receiver opposite Green. There is no doubt in my mind that you will play immediately. I have watched tape on you, and you are the real deal. Come to the most beautiful campus in the SEC, while at the same time, earning a wonderful education. Da’Rick, we need you. Please stay in your home state, and make us proud. We will support you 110% percent. You will be an instant star, on campus and off campus. Thanks Da’Rick, I look forward to watching you play between the hedges for the next 3 or 4 years. God Bless!!!!

EDDIE

February 2nd, 2010
5:58 am

Rogers just wanted some of that attention that everybody else was getting,so he is trying to make it interesting.He will come on over to us like hesaid back in june.Calhoun is nothing but bulldawg fans.Thats all he knows and all he grew up with.Stop trying to make us worry chip.

dawgerbrown

February 2nd, 2010
5:58 am

Why would Rogers change his mind? UGA has great prospects lining up at QB, and, with Greene on the other side, Charles at tight end, and proven running backs coming back, he’s gonna get a chance to shine. Not to mention an offensive line coming back at full strength However, the appeal of being the STAR reciever might be too much to pass up. But, who’s gonna throw him the ball? And with UT losing most of their offensive line, his QB’s won’t have time. But, it seems there is a certain energy, edge, ethusiasm, etc. that is missing at UGA. Other schools seem to have it and are selling it to recruits. While they play games with an attitude that these kids love we are on the sideline throwing our hands up in the air, losing to Kentucky, being embarrassed by UT 2 out the last 3 years etc. True, UGA is the only D1 school with a top 10 class the last 10 years. But, what have we done with it? Figure it out UGA, and fix it.

I wonder?

February 2nd, 2010
6:03 am

It is so lonely here in China! Everyone wake up and chat. Go Dawgs

Spenser

February 2nd, 2010
6:03 am

Doesn’t Lamb’s dad work for UGA in some capacity? Maybe that’s why Rogers is not confiding in Lamb.

Freddy

February 2nd, 2010
6:07 am

Rodgers is ALL Tennessee. Gonna follow his boy

Elliot Garcia

February 2nd, 2010
6:07 am

Rogers realized that UGA will not win the SEC any time soon…

SickandTired

February 2nd, 2010
6:10 am

So Let me get this straight. Someone from Calhoun that is a Georgia fan is upset that Mr. Rogers may switch his commitment from Georgia to Tennessee. But, at the same time weren’t upset when Mr. Nance brought his son from Darlington to Calhoun for his senior year and got Calhoun to the State Finals this past season. Georgia fans seem to want to think that they “own” Da Rick and his football future and they want that above all else that he become a BulldangDawg on Wednesday. Well it’s looking more and more like that he’s going to Tennessee. Sorry Dawgs you just can’t get it through your think heads that Georgia is irrelevant these days and Mark Richt’s days are numbered. He may not be in Athens this time next year and this ;years recruiting class will be his last.
Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC

I wonder?

February 2nd, 2010
6:11 am

Elliot, That might be true, but neither is UT going to win a SEC championship anytime soon.

[...] Da’Rick Rogers high school coach “out of the loop” 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. [...]

No one wants to be a dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:28 am

No one wants be to be Dawg except Richt’s assistant coaches who never get jobs elsewhere and who can’t recruit or coach and who have lost 17 of 20 to the Gators…sorry just trying to be like the “phrase man” who regularly posts and hates the Gators.

Da'Sam

February 2nd, 2010
6:29 am

Who cares. If the young man chooses to to live in Knoxville for three to four years he cannot be all that intelligent. I lived in that crap hole for three years and anyone that would pick that place over Athens needs to go ahead and leave the state anyway.

Can't Believe!

February 2nd, 2010
6:30 am

I can’t believe I am 25th. Or am I?

I wonder too

February 2nd, 2010
6:35 am

This Hal Lamb guy is starting to look a lot like Lynn Lang from Memphis (Albert Means, Logan Young, $$$$$$$$). Attempting to deliver a prospect to his dad at UGA? That has to be more than a little scary for the pups. Should have probably let the kid make his own decision in the first place.

I wonder

February 2nd, 2010
6:45 am

I wonder why millions are spent on kids who don’t go to college to get an education. Or have an interest in education….”me cummit to the school cause so I be a good fotbal playor sumda. And I juz luv the hooz thar two”

Douglas

February 2nd, 2010
6:46 am

Let Da’Ricks go to UT. Nash will never make the starting lineup at UT and Rogers will soon find out that UT used Nash to get him. I have a feeling Rogers will not be coming back to Calhoun too often…I’m sure there will be plenty of folks who will not want to have anything to do with him. But UGA fans remember: Dooley was a heck of a recruitor for LSU so this should not be a surprise.

benadawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:51 am

What a bummer, we are not closing the fences in our own state. Why would Da’rick go to Knoxville? My guess would be Money funneled thru Nance family by saying he is a family friend, hell they may even adopt him so Nash can ride his coat tail. But my feelings are that if doesn’t love the dogs go to Tennessee. But if you want to be loved Come on down to Athens….Go Dogs!!!

chDawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:51 am

It sucks losing a good recruit but this sounds like it will probably work out better for UGA in the end. Team chemistry means alot and two years down the road when this Nance kid isn’t getting any playing time it’s going to cause some issues. UT’s got Da’Rick feeling like he’s running the world right now by taking care of his best friend, but how’s that going to work out when he’s got to buy into the team. You have to wander why UGA didn’t offer Nance a scholarship? They have plenty this year but it seems they have enough integrity not to try to buy the kid.

I may be completely wrong and Nash gets to play, but that’s good for UGA also because that means Tyler Bray didn’t work out and UT is on plan B.

Red

February 2nd, 2010
6:52 am

Let’s go after Punxsutawney Phil. He’s coming out of his hiding today and we only have 24 hours before national signing day.

AJC Spins Against Dawgs

February 2nd, 2010
6:53 am

Good Lord Chip…..All I read from AJC is Negative Spin on everything UGA….Why all the Hatin? I live in Tampa and Subscribe to AJC……..But not anymore. This is terrible journalism!!! I will not waste anymore time with you people…..UGA is a Terrific University that excels in most areas….Scholastic and Sports. Can you please show some support?

SimpleDawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:57 am

All of this moaning and groaning over some 18 yr old publicity hungry kid is sad, and a little silly. The only thing worse are the nit witted Tech nerds commenting on how the empire is crumbling in Athens because some high school kid flip-flops on where he’s going to school.

The whole recruiting mess has got to be one of the most distasteful aspects of college football for a college coach. Educating a prospect on the virtues of your school and program is one thing….that’s business, but to have kiss ass and ego stroke some kid who already has a runaway ego is ludacris.

Those high profile, high maintenance guys are the very ones you can least depend on during the crucial times in a difficult game.

MeasleyPeasley

February 2nd, 2010
6:58 am

The biggest winner in this whole mess in Coach Lamb. Congrats coach on not having to deal with Mr. Nance anymore and you didn’t fired/sued in the process! Craig James (Texas Tech) will have nothing on Mr. Nance once he is done at UT. I’m so glad UGA didn’t offer this kid, not because the kid can’t play (he can), but because his helicopter dad is a problem for whatever school he goes to.

SharkMartin

February 2nd, 2010
7:05 am

All things that I am hearing sounds like the young punk Duh’Rick is scare Marlon Brown is going to make him set the bench. We do not need this cancer.

RockyTop

February 2nd, 2010
7:06 am

My, how some will change their train of thought should Da’Rick stick with UGA.

SharkMartin

February 2nd, 2010
7:08 am

scared and sit

Dawggie

February 2nd, 2010
7:15 am

It really sounds like the elder Nance is the diving force here. He takes his son to Calhoun fo his senior season only? Wonder if that had anything to do with Calhoun having Rogers as the top WR in the state to be catching his son’s passes?

Then the two kids end up becoming close friends. Nance commits to UT and now sways Rogers over? If it is true that Mr. Nance bought Rogers a car then this stinks badly. And you have to figure that Dooley,(let alone Mike Hamilton) would accept this especially after the Kiffin fiasco.

Hope the kid is saavy enough to recognize that UGA is a much better all around fit. Compare.

Academics – UGA easily surpasses UT. Bet the house that if a UT grad and and a UGA grad apply for the same job that the UGA guy stands a better chance.

Location – Athens is light years better than Knoxville. Even for a college town, Knoxville is the pits.

Athletics – Yes we took a thumping last year. But who will be the QB at UT? Who will be on the O-line? How well will Dooleys shift to the SEC be (didn’t he have a losing record at LT?) At UGA we have not just a returning O-line but a damn good O-line. We have a top WR that will be drawing double coverage leaving other WR’s in 1on1 matchups. We have a Sophmore QB that has absorbed and learned the system for a full year. We have a coach that is a proven success in the top conference of college football, the SEC.

Stadiums – Both Neyland and Sanford are great stadiums. I will say that they are a draw on that level.

If the kid wants to follow his buddy to college its his choice. But what will he do when college is over? Tough for us to watch him waste his talent trying to be a cog on what looks to be a sub .500 team rather than be an asset on a SEC contender.

Paddy

February 2nd, 2010
7:18 am

Da’Sam….believe you got it right except Rogers is a 5-6 yr project at UT. Can’t see that kid graduating in 3-4 years. Doubt we will hear much about this dynamic duo in the future.

da rick becomes Da Hick

February 2nd, 2010
7:19 am

promise ya, solid source from one of his classmates, who is all he trusts i am sure at this point during the mess of recruiting…that he will go to Knoxville…no worries for the Dawgs tho..loaded at receiver in Athens and now will probabaly get the kid out of Tampa…maybe at TEnnessee DA Rick/hick will start catching the ball…the only two times on television this past year…buford(aa high school) state championship game…he was ssoft and Calhoun lost…ESPN(high school showcase) not impressive at all…GEORGIA and TENNESSEE both play on espn…let him drop em for tennessee!

Reality Train

February 2nd, 2010
7:31 am

I wonder if Da’rick has, like Nash Nance, devoted “hours of prayer” to the decision? How silly … I wish we could be spared the fake suspense of Da’rick (and about 100 other high school athletes across the State) sitting at a media table with 2-3 hats in front of him as he ponders his future …

Dap01

February 2nd, 2010
7:35 am

Orange… A person would actually choose to wear orange? Why is Nash’s father in the middle of all of this?

papadawg

February 2nd, 2010
7:35 am

I’m just wondering is anyone else getting tired of all these High Schoolers getting all this attention about what school they’re going to. Changing their minds day to day, holding press conferences when most of them won’t even be worth a dang on the field or in class

Chipped Tires

February 2nd, 2010
7:35 am

You ignorant dawg fans need to lay off on Chip because he is right , it is a BIG Deal because the football program is tanking. DaRick is gonna be a DaHick at UT. You blind homers go live in your dream world because you might as well be gamecock fans who are just as delusional

uga121

February 2nd, 2010
7:38 am

I will say as I have said before……At this point I don’t care what Da Rick does all I want is for him to notify UGA of his intentions and if he does not do that then he is a low life scum sucking mooch. He comitted and then flip flops which means his integrity is zilch! I don’t want to hear all this bs about he’s just a kid and making sure he’s doing the right thimg. He’s 18 years old which makes him an adult and he comitted that means he already decided he was doing the right thing all this flif flop is just lack of integrity even if he signs with UGA.

By The Tracks

February 2nd, 2010
7:39 am

Still don’t understand what all the fuss is about with this kid. Buford proved you can bottle him up and cover him with kids 3-5 inches shorter that he is. If UGA is not careful, will be the next Fred Gibson…… I got to watch him get shut down in high school by athletic safeties 3-5 inches shorter. Da’rick may be the next “most over-rated” receiver in the SEC as Gibson was…………

Hes one player

February 2nd, 2010
7:42 am

He is not proven…like all commits, it takes a lot of work and follow though. Change his mind and trying to garner all the attention tells you some things about his true character. The players from Fla. that UGA lost are not game changers…Butler was kicked off his high school team and cost them playoff wins…robbey and the other lb that went to Louisville are extremely undersized for their positions…UGA really did not lose anything important. If DaRick changes to UT, it will be to his own demise. Dooly is a below average coach and UT will be a below average program for years to come. No question about it. Nash was offered by Dooly for one reason: to get DaRick up there to UT. Nash will be an assistant coach for the next 5 years while DaRick wonders what the “h” he did when he never gets the ball thrown to him.

Rogers Redding

February 2nd, 2010
7:42 am

Elliot Garcia,
Rogers is more likely to win the SEC with UGA than UT. When was the last time UT won the SEC championship? UGA may be down, but so is UT and I would say that have a longer climber to the top than UGA.

South GA Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
7:45 am

I say pull the dudes scholorship. I dont care how good he is. He’s been committed to UGA for a long time and has now decided to be a drama queen. Be done with him!!!!!!

ckgator

February 2nd, 2010
7:46 am

Another UGA defector. What’s going on in Athens?

Cartersville Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
7:47 am

I talked to guy from Calhoun this past Saturday and he said that he would bet a million dollars that DaRick would go to UGA. He also stated that it is a shame that Mr. Nance has stooped to the level that he has to try to get DaRick to UT. It is clearly evident that DaRick was just a pawn that Nash’s father used to gey him a scholarship to UT. So much for having DaRick’s best interest at heart.

RealUGAalum

February 2nd, 2010
7:48 am

We’re some pathetic old dudes. Keep on fiddling Nero.

sogadog

February 2nd, 2010
7:48 am

Did Nance’s dad cut a deal with UT to deliver Da Rick Rogers in exchange for a scholarship for his son? It sure looks that way and I hope Rogers sees what is going on. I also cant believe D Dooley would go along with this deal that Kiffin put together.

GA Tech Insider

February 2nd, 2010
7:49 am

I have no dog in this fight, so as an independent observer, I wanted to make mention that it appears that this young man has been manipulated from day one; beginning with his head football coach and ending with his “guardian”. He sounds like a super athlete, but a confused soul, and I wish him well, no matter where he plays.

Also, I wanted to point out to all of the fans out there that Da’Rick is still just 18 years old, and all of these nasty comments about the young man are more of a reflection on you than they are on him. Sure, he may be wavering on a commitment to UGA, but how many recruits has UGA picked up who have been committed to other programs in the past? These things happen. Heck, Georgia tries this every season (see their attempts at luring Stephen Hill away from GA Tech LAST season).

Character assassination never makes these kids change their minds, nor does it influence future recruits from deciding to play for your program as well. As I said in the beginning of this post, I don’t have a dog in this fight; just a simple observation.