Calhoun wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers indicated he did not toil greatly over the recruiting decision he had to make Wednesday. In fact, he said, it was fun.
After being committed to Georgia for eight months, the AJC’s No. 1 player signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.
“Other than going through that crazy stuff at the end, I thought it was fun,” Rogers told reporters at his signing ceremony Wednesday morning in Calhoun. “Recruiting is one of the funnest things you can go through as an athlete.”
Rogers was firmly committed to Georgia until Tennessee, under new coach Derek Dooley, convinced him three weeks ago to take an official visit there. That, he said, he when he decided to pull the switcheroo.
“Really when I went up there [on Jan. 22],” Rogers said. “I just fell in love campus lifestyle. The coaches are just like the Georgia coaches. They’re great guys and it’s an amazing program.”
Rogers said new coach Derek Dooley was the main reason he decided to go to the Vols. He wasn’t sure he would have if Lane Kiffin had remained there as head coach.
“Before Dooley, not so interested. After Dooley, a lot interested,” Rogers said. “So it was a big thing for me.”
What specifically did he like about the coaching staff?
“I fell in love with their NFL style of coaching,” he said. “Coach Dooley talked about building a brand and I liked that.”
Rogers’ position coach at UT, Charlie Baggett, coached Randy Moss and Cris Carter, among others, in the NFL.