Da’Rick Rogers intends to sign with Tennessee, not UGA

Go ahead and strike Da’Rick Rogers off Georgia’s list of commitments. And you might as well go ahead and drop the Bulldogs a few notches in national recruiting rankings while you’re at it.

In a day of rapid addition and subtraction for the Bulldogs, it appears they will finish down one as we head into national signing day. Rogers and Frostproof, Fla., cornerback Nickell Robey, both longtime UGA commitments, informed head coach Mark Richt in the last 24 hours they intend to sign elsewhere on national signing day. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs added Greenville offensive lineman Kenarious Gates to the class, giving them a total of 17 expected signees on Wednesday.

Several team fans sites, citing sources, were reporting that Rogers called Georgia head coach Mark Richt either late Monday or early Tuesday to tell him he planned to sign with Tennessee on Wednesday. Those reports mesh with what UGA commitment Hutson Mason told me Tuesday afternoon. The Lassiter quarterback said the Bulldogs coaches confirmed to him that Rogers had indeed informed them he intended to sign with Tennessee at the 9:45 a.m. signing ceremony Wednesday at Calhoun High School.

“Is that right?,” Calhoun coach Hal Lamb, sounding unsurprised, said when asked if he’d heard the news on Rogers. “I don’t know. I haven’t been able to reach him. He wasn’t at school again today.”

Rogers’ about-face is stunning considering Georgia’s recruiting relationship with him extends over two years while it spans only a few weeks with the Vols and new coach Derek Dooley.

Rogers’ teammate Nash Nance is also going to sign with Tennessee tomorrow at 9:45 a.m.

Robey is expected to sign with either West Virginia or USC. Robey called Richt Monday night to tell him he no longer planned to sign with the Bulldogs, Frostproof coach Brad Metheny said.

The bad news continued into the night for Georgia. Five-star  wide receiver Christian Green reportedly informed the Bulldogs he intends to sign with Florida State on Wednesday. The five-star recruit had narrowed his choices to those two schools before taking an official visit with the Seminoles this past weekend.

Georgia entered February with top 10 national ratings in all three recognized recruiting polls, ESPN (4th), Rivals (8th) and Scout (9th). Given the attrition the Bulldogs have endured the last six weeks — four decommitments and several head-to-head losses — they will likely fall.

However, the Bulldogs still retain a solid class, led by five-star safety Alec Ogletree and four-star defensive tackle Garrison Smith. And remain hopeful of signing Stephenson defensive tackle Mike Thornton, the AJC’s No. 3-rated player, and four-star wide receiver Kadron Boone of Ocala.

But the overall perception of this recruiting class will be that Georgia stumbled in coughing and wheezing.

803 comments Add your comment

Youbetcha

February 2nd, 2010
5:49 pm

O Well

February 2nd, 2010
5:53 pm

Does anyone think we really are lacking on WR’s. True this guy would have been nice to line up opposite of AJ, but then again AJ is only going to spend one more year with us in between the hedges and Da’rick would more then likely be read shirted this year.

rrich

February 2nd, 2010
5:54 pm

first sucks i wish them well

Greased

February 2nd, 2010
5:56 pm

Well, that feels like a real grease job, especially on a freakin Tuesday.

richtreignisover

February 2nd, 2010
5:57 pm

The mutts didn’t want him anyways……

fishook dawg

February 2nd, 2010
5:58 pm

great!!! First I thought we were getting two Rogers, and now were getting ZERO.

Scout Ranks UGA #6 in Recruiting Quality

February 2nd, 2010
5:58 pm

It’s simply unfair to compare 29 places that Auburn has with Georgia’s 17.

But Scout ranks the QUALITY of the 17 recruits as #6, average score of 3.61

And, the number of top 100 recruits has Georgia at #5, which is remarkable when you consinder that we are only talking about 17 spots.

Gene Okerlund

February 2nd, 2010
5:58 pm

Good job Mike Nance. Get ready. We are going to put Nance Carpets out of business. Karma is a mofo.

BJohnDawg

February 2nd, 2010
5:59 pm

Hate to see him go, wish him luck. But if his heart is not in it at UGA, it is for the best.

dawgystyle

February 2nd, 2010
5:59 pm

We only want those that WANT to rock the red and black anyway. Dawgs will be just fine. Mr. Rogers is gonna look like a fool in orange so its his loss. Im sure Jakar Hamilton and Mr. Ogletree will welcome him back to the state real nice when he comes through the middle. GATA new dawgs!

Circus Act

February 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

What a bunch of clowns in Athens…. it aint no perception its a hard fact and Im sick of these buffoons ! Mr. Vacation Bible school CMR has been a joke these last 3 years.

TED

February 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

I feel bad for Nance, he was used to get Rogers. Nance wont ever see the field but he friend will so
Good luck Rogers

Bob in Buford

February 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

I think it’s a good class, but something is wrong when we lose someone like Rodgers at the last minute. Athens is going to be full of NFL scouts this season watching A.J. Green, and Rodgers could’ve benefited from that attention. However, he could change his mind. Remember Fred Gibson and Marcus Stroud?

H

February 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

Wish Da’Rick well. But I just don’t get the appeal of Tenn. Why would recruits want to play for a first-year coach who had a losing record at Louisiana Tech? Not Louisiana State, Louisiana Tech. Other than having a famous football dad, D. Dooley has a losing record in the WAC. THE WAC! The most impressive things D. Dooley has accomplished in life are (1) graduating from Virginia (2) passing the GA bar. Nothing else–it just doesn’t make sense.

Les W. Moore

February 2nd, 2010
6:01 pm

He was here earlier and saw the hate being sprewed by the UGA mopes.

The ajc.com gave you guys the rope…..

hunker down

February 2nd, 2010
6:01 pm

Da Rick has huge potential but the fact that is not a man of his word nor his buddy Nash give some psychological profile into the players. I personally think TO was more a distraction to the teams he played for than what advantage he brought to the team. Controvesy and distraction are not good with players in any organization. Not sure how we got derailed at UGA but so be it let’s have players who want to play and can make decisions and keep with them.

mg67

February 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

Daddy Nance congrats you pulled it off for your boy !!!!

Mr. Nance

February 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

I hustle carpet and young men.

todd

February 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

Can someone please explain (Bill please respond), what is the difference between Nash Nance as a prospect and Hutson Mason?

Why would Bobo and MR stand around and let Tenn. offer Nash Nance and think that the outcome would be any different than what they have, loosing the top rated prospect to Tenn.

You can write it down, first off 45-19 last Oct. and now Tenn. whipping Ga’s ass in recruiting, meanwhile Bobo’s at home with a dip in his mouth with 5 kids in his lap.

Beat UF and Tenn. in the same yr. MR, it’s about damn time for you to step up and not back in to an SEC title game!

Georgia Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

I hope he likes losing. That’s is all he is gonna do at UT. ;)

cantondawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:03 pm

Da’rick Rogers=Chad Ochocinco…Better off without him..

Desert Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:03 pm

Good luck to Da’Rick. I’m sorry to see him go, but he has to do what he feels is best. I think we are doing pretty well at receiver anyway. Last year was a good year. We have AJ for another year and hopefully Wooten and Brown will continue to develop and Charles is looking like a beast. If one of our QB’s can step up and deliver the ball I think we will be alright. I hope our focus will be on the running game anyway. I certainly wouldn’t hurt my feelings to wrestle Boone away or get Akins though.

A Dawg Fan

February 2nd, 2010
6:03 pm

You are so negative against UGA. It’s a good thing you aren’t a political journalist, or you would be in trouble for too many negative comments against a particular group. Dooley is Doo-Doo now.

redeployed dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:03 pm

I wish him the best. I hope that is where he really wanted to go and that it isn’t a kid following bad advice. If he wants to go to TN (a school that has produced its fair share of quality receivers) than I wish him the best. Honestly (and anyone who has seen my other posts will know this is not sour grapes), I would be much more upset if we lost some of our top OL and DL. I am glad we picked up another big man, but I wish that we would put a heavier emphasis on the recruiting them. They may not help a team win recruiting titles, but they help them win national titles.

Georgia Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:04 pm

Nance got used. Period.

H

February 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

Derek Dooley: 17-20 while at Louisiana Tech, which plays in the WAC. Can you imagine what the SEC will do to him?

Daddy boy

February 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

Do the Dawgs still like the Dooleys? LMAO>

Georgia Dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

I guarantee Da’Rick will be scared to go across the middle. Our safeties will be headhunters. CTG will have these boys attacking relentlessly.

crusher dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

If he doesn’t want to play at UGA let him go we will be better off for it. After all if he signed now where would his heart be. By the way, in the future don’t take any early commitments from Calhoun seriously.

bass stringerfish

February 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

To make that move to follow a kid who will probably not play as he expects…against the talent we have at QB over the next three years is really amazing. But like O Well says, I was actually wondering why we were getting so many WR;s any way…we have some really good ones and have a chance a couple more…although it feels bad, I am not worried..LOTS of talent redshirted from last year, LOTS of talent that played as Freshmen and Soph’s last year and as soon as we get CTG’s defense installed, we’ll get that back. I have a lot of faith in the staff and this team and this class no matter what happens between now and tomorrow. Its all good..relax….enjoy…

dawg

February 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

coughing? stumbling? wheezing? I guess Chip failed to notice that this is still a top 15 class. As much as he wants the dawgs to suck, its never gonna happen. I actually chuckle each time I read how he tries his best to knock UGA. its funny to see my team make someone so bitter.

Swackhammer

February 2nd, 2010
6:06 pm

Don’t go away mad, puppies.

Just go away.

We Vols fans would like to thank the AJC for all the positive press this year.

Circus Act

February 2nd, 2010
6:06 pm

I hope some of you so called dawg fans wake up…. there is something rotten in Athens and Im one fan that is simply tires of the dawgs getting their brains bashed in by the gators and UT too. Oh we will be fine says the blind homers… When in another frikin 30 years ?

Mac

February 2nd, 2010
6:06 pm

People who blame Nance have issues. He isn’t forcing Da’Rick to go to Tennessee.

1) New wide receiver coach Charlie Baggett has worked with Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Chris Chambers and many others.

2) Nash is Rogers best friend.

3) It wasn’t a packaged deal. Jim Chaney, the guy who coach and recruited Brees and Orton likes what he has seen from Nance. Their other commit Tyler Bray enrolled early and the staff isn’t convinced he is the future.

I would be pissed too if I were a Georgia fan but to blame the Nance’s or say Tennessee only took Nance to get Rogers is a crock.

Circus Act

February 2nd, 2010
6:06 pm

Whatever

February 2nd, 2010
6:07 pm

Don’t run up the middle to catch a pass against UGA Rogers, otherwise you might find yourself in the middle of a Tree-Hitman sandwich.

Dawgs Drool!

February 2nd, 2010
6:07 pm

Go VOLS!!! Thanks AJC, the Vols appreciate your help in turning Da’Rick Rogers! Without a forum like this, the “pups” fan’s true colors couldn’t be seen. No Robey, no Rogers, out of Rivals Top 10 recruiting rankings and still getting coached down by CMR!

pete

February 2nd, 2010
6:07 pm

Rogers lives with the Nance family.

TED

February 2nd, 2010
6:08 pm

He was told he would start and all that Jazz… I think that much is to be said that UGA stuck to what they though was best, Nance wasnt that. If rogers wanted to leave with him.. ok, but UGA felt that using Nance to get Rogers was wrong, I agree.. I feel bad for N.. he would have played at Vandy, but now.. WAVE

Look Alive

February 2nd, 2010
6:08 pm

I will be disapointed if the rick signs with tn but i was more disappointed after watching his dismal performance in the all star game. he dropped passes and was not aggressive in going after the ball when defenders were around.. it may have been just a bad day for him but he seemed very passive against quality players. who is the real the rick?

DaRick Will Lead UT

February 2nd, 2010
6:09 pm

To another mediocre class…He and Nance could not even win the state championship together…UGA lost nothing but a big distraction.

Mac

February 2nd, 2010
6:09 pm

People who blame Nance have issues. He isn’t forcing Da’Rick to go to Tennessee.

1) New wide receiver coach Charlie Baggett has worked with Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Chris Chambers and many others.

2) Nash is Rogers best friend.

3) It wasn’t a packaged deal. Jim Chaney, the guy who coached and recruited Brees and Orton likes what he has seen from Nance. Their other commit Tyler Bray enrolled early and the staff isn’t convinced he is the future.

I would be pissed too if I were a Georgia fan but to blame the Nance’s or say Tennessee only took Nance to get Rogers is a crock.

Mr. Nance

February 2nd, 2010
6:10 pm

Da ‘Rick loves his new car and he will have the best condo money can buy in lovely Knoxville. I’ll keep him flush with walking around money, too. My son will also be employed as his man servant.

The General Feeling

February 2nd, 2010
6:10 pm

Tennessee has gotten their DC, as well. Media outlets in Boise, ID are saying Boise State’s DC, Justin Wilcox, is the next DC at Tennessee.

Boy, I hope I’m not ruining all the good news for the mutt fans.

UGA Rockin in 2010

February 2nd, 2010
6:10 pm

Ok, now Chip has vented all his negativity out.

We know, Deon Rogers (never a signee) didn’t sign, and we lost Robey and Rogers.

Big deal. Still top 6 in quality of recruit rankings on rivals and scout and #4 on espn.com

Dawghater

February 2nd, 2010
6:11 pm

Such Irony, a Dooley haunts UGA.

VolMan

February 2nd, 2010
6:11 pm

No matter how highly rated Ugag’s recruiting class is, Richt will coach them down.

VolATLien

February 2nd, 2010
6:11 pm

LOL at GA fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We stealin everything you own!!!!

ugaaccountant

February 2nd, 2010
6:12 pm

Difference in Mason and Nance? One is a parade all american with good size and incredible high school career. He has a chance of becoming something good. One is a 2 star recruit with questionable talent and mediocre high school career. He has no chance at playing short of a string of injuries. I’ll let you do the research and see which is which.

Gator Nation

February 2nd, 2010
6:12 pm

Told you yesterday that Green was playing the Dawgs. He was a Nole from jump street. Saw that same movie down here at UF. Christian Jones, the linebacker, will also be a Nole. At least they kept the “suspense” going. Boone would be a nice pickup for the Dawgs, don’t know why he lost interest in Gators other than maybe he wants to “get away”. Don’t understand who is going to be throwing the ball to Rogers at UT??