Da’Rick Rogers: Derek Dooley, UT campus why he went with Vols

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Vols signee Da'Rick Rogers (right, with Nash Nance) tweets his choice. (AJC)

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.

324 comments Add your comment

toph

February 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

toph

February 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Any updates on Christian Green or Telvin Smith?

godawgs924

February 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

telvin smith just signed his loi to FSU

buckblue

February 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

Mr Nance packaged his son and Rogers to UT when UGA would not offer his punk QB son a scholarship to UGA….

ChattaDawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

This Kid needs help! Glad he is a vol. “Campus lifestyle at UT”? The NFL coaching style at UT? Compared to UGA??? Dawgs need not worry about this loss!

((((( 45 - 19 )))))

February 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

Wish that I was on ol’ Rocky Top
Down in the Tennessee hills
Aint’ no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top
Ain’t no telephone bills
Once I had a girl on Rocky Top
Half bear, other half cat
Wild as a mink,
but sweet as soda pop
I still dream about that.

Rocky Top you’ll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ol’ Rocky Top
Rocky Top Tennessee,
Rocky Top Tennessee

Once two strangers climbed ol’ Rocky Top
Lookin’ for a moonshine still
Strangers ain’t come down from Rocky Top
Reckon they never will

Rocky Top you’ll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ol’ Rocky Top
Rocky Top Tennessee,
Rocky Top Tennessee

Corn won’t grow at all on Rocky Top
Dirt’s too rocky by far
That’s why all the folks on Rocky Top
Get their corn from a jar

Rocky Top you’ll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ol’ Rocky Top
Rocky Top Tennessee,
Rocky Top Tennessee

I’ve had years of cramped-up city life
Trapped like a duck in a pen
All I know is it’s a pity life
Can’t be simple again

Rocky Top you’ll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ol’ Rocky Top
Rocky Top Tennessee,
Rocky Top Tennessee

Beautiful Tennessee

Tim

February 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

He forgot to mention the main reason he went to UT… Mike Nance

GADawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

I would have loved for him to come to Georgia, but you can’t crucify a kid for making a decision that he feels is best for him. Georgia still has a pretty solid class.

whatever

February 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

Fine…the hell with him. I hope Jakar Hamilton separates his head from his body when they come ot AThens. Also, just because he has signed doesnt mean he’ll make into school. UGA would have had to deal with that issue too. And to hell with Dooley too. If they want to be Vols…then go ahead. But i’m so thankful we havent put Vince’s name on anything yet. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

Jaxdawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

Its official Todd Grantham just jilted the dawgs and signed with UT

WE RUiN THIS STATE

February 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

That’s funny…he never mentioned UGA choosing Hutson Mason over his buddy Nash as the real reason…

Seriously

February 3rd, 2010
11:43 am

Da’rick an idiot, he’ll be a complete waste of talent at UT. They don’t even have a QB, in 2010 their QB group is going to consist of a JC transfer, a RS freshman walk-on, and two incoming freshman. Tennessee was bad enough with Jonathan Crompton, now they don’t even have him. Good luck, getting the ball Da’rick with no one throwing to you.

Billy Bob from Braselton

February 3rd, 2010
11:43 am

Who do these kids think they are! He has no right to choose whatever school he wants! How could he do this to me after all the time I spent drooling over his youtube videos!

WonderDawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:43 am

Larry Chambers

February 3rd, 2010
11:43 am

Understandable that he chose the campus life in Knoxville over Athens. attended both schools and live in GA but understand lhis decision. don’t like him going to Tn but understrand it.

KD

February 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

It was funny ??? The recruiting should not be funny, maybe to him, the NFL style of coaching ??? Boy is he blind.

Rduck

February 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

Trust me UGA fans when I say you are better off w/o him. Great skills but not a lot going on upstairs but me, me, me. This kid has bought into the hype of being the next great WR in the NFL w/o ever playing a down in D1 college. Uga needs more quality of character players than they need a primadonna guy like this. And yes, I am a Tech fan..

swimdawg68

February 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

Did Rogers mention the car and money from his 2 star QB buddy that switched from Vandy to Tenn.? Great recruiting job by Tenn. sign a qb that will never play to get a top receiver. Young Dooley is smart and Rogers well let’s just say we’ll see you in Athens in the fall, we have some db’s that will light you up.

What??

February 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

As I have stated before, there are some issues in Athens. Does Richt need to improve coaching staff on offensive side??

MattDawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

Knoxville over Athens???

Athens Police

February 3rd, 2010
11:45 am

Did you know that if you are a UGA football player, based on the recent ‘track record’ there is a 10% chance you will be arrested?

McDawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

NANCY NANCY NANCY NANCY NANCY NANCY

Clown

February 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

The main reason I wanted to sign with UT is because I couldn’t pass up the chance to play for a coach who had a losing record at Louisiana Tech. Man, it’s great to play for a coach who was 4-8 last year at a WAC school.

Vince Dooley

February 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Looks like I taught my son well. All it takes is some $$$ and you can get anyone you want! That was my secret to success, and that may be his too. As is often said, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

knoxdawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Only problem I have is if he decided three weeks ago to pull the switcheroo as he calls it why didn’t he tell Richt then. At least UGA would have had some time to perhaps go hard after another wide receiver that was available. Dooley is a class act, comes from a man who has character. Interesting that he saw through Kiffins BS. Can’t out BS another BS’er.

Up with the white and gold

February 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

“Recruiting is one of the funnest things ”
“I just fell in love campus lifestyle”
“Before Dooley, not so interested. After Dooley, a lot interested”

Sounds like a brainiac to me. Enjoy the SEC.

Only at UGA

February 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

When he’s going to georgia he was gonna be great opposite aj green, when he’s going to tennessee he’s a thug. Could it be you have no life and this kid can go where ever he wants. Could it be college football is far to important to you, because you have no life. You’re gonna pretend and say the dogs are the greatest anyway and Florida and Tennessee are gonna beat you anyway, so what difference does it really make?

Darlington Fan

February 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

Da’Rick wants to thanks Sugar Daddy Mike Nance. Although he knows he is being used by Mike, he cant turn down the perks. Da’Rick wants Mike to know the day he signs an NFL contract to please F off!

Grammar Check

February 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

“Recruiting is one of the funnest things you can go through as an athlete.” Hooray grammar! He really is a Vol!

Jacon Mceil

February 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

So he decided to follow his boyfriend to rocky top? Wow….

WonderDawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

That UT “campus lifestyle” that started fires all over the school when Kiffin was trying to flee?

Dawgs 97

February 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

“Campus Life” is a the Tennessee Volunteer term for “our orange pride girls are sluttier…here, let us show you.”

I second Jakar Hamilton removing Da’Rick’s head when he comes to Athens.

NFL Style?

February 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

Leonard Little – NFL Style Homicide

Jamal Lewis – NFL Style Druggie

Kiffin left because he know’s it’s over at UT.

Dooley will fail BADLY and Da’Rick can enjoy 4 years (if he gets to enroll) of nothing.

r2d2

February 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

NFL type of environment? Derek Dooley? 17-20 & 4-8 with his NFL styled approach at L TECH?

Please Da’ Rick, get a clue.

Dooley’s an LL type of atmosphere:

Little League!!

Paul ( You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

February 3rd, 2010
11:49 am

Who does UT have that will throw the ball to this outstanding 5 star WR? Nance???

bling

February 3rd, 2010
11:49 am

How soon will daddy Nance get busted in his brand new Escalade??? His son will never touch the field, but we all know that already

CLEVON LITTLE

February 3rd, 2010
11:49 am

There is no doubt this kid is talented, but time & time again we see how over-rated these kids can be. DaRick didn’t look so good in the All-American HS game he played in. In fact, he was a non-factor. We also see how much Marlon Brown helped UGA last year after all of the hype one year ago: NONE. DaRick also seems like he enjoyed the ‘fame’ just a little too much for my tastes. If he can burn an offer to a D-1 school that they were holding for him & basically laugh while doing it, then we didn’t need a thug like this anyway. Now, go to TENN & rob a convenience store.

bawahahahaha!!!

February 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

LOL!!! So UT already has the 7th rated QB in the country coming to campus, but they “mysteriously” decided at the last minute to sign a QB who doesn’t even show up in the “also receiving votes” columns of any QB ranking sites? And oh yeah, his BFF just happens to be one of the best WR’s in the country, LOL!!!!

Wow, what a coincidence!!!!

Hummon

February 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

I have degrees from UGa and UT. If he prefers to UT campus to UGa’s, they can have him.

kimbles

February 3rd, 2010
11:51 am

Well, I’ll say this, daddy Nance used capitalism at it’s finest!!!

JMc12203

February 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

Seriously, you are right that UT was bad with Crompton, but… with Crompton they WERE BAD ENOUGH to give Alabama their closest game. Oh yeah, they were also BAD enough to whip poochies butt all over the field and all the way back to Athens. It looks like Rogers and several other top recruits have their eyes wide open and know that poochies program is on the way down.

Catfan

February 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

UT campus lifestyle = Lots of (hoe)stesses

walrus

February 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

Once I had a girl on Rocky Top
Half bear, other half cat
Wild as a mink,
but sweet as soda pop
I still dream about that.

SOUNDS LIKE BEASTIALITY TO ME. WELL KNOXVILLE, IF THE SHOE FITS.

P.S. Enjoy your new car Da’rick.

NFL style

February 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

Did a former georgia player get arrested this week for selling drugs? dumba$$ hypocrits lmao.

Cuz

February 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

I was looking forward to seeing him wearing the Red and Black but he needs to go where he feels his best fit. If that is UT, then that is where he needs to go. I don’t feel he strung us along because Coach Derek was not at UT until recently. He must be some recruiter. I guess we will see Rogers in Sanford, just on the other side.

walrus

February 3rd, 2010
11:54 am

Only at UGA, I never knew that only Georgia fans hated bribery. I guess Georgia fans are the only people who think that buying cars to seal commitments is no bueno. You learn something new every day!

Da'rick

February 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

When Lane said “We will never loose to Georgia again” after they beat the dogs down. I knew that was the place for me.

NFL Style?

February 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

Guns don’t kill people, UT players kill people.

Socal Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

Whoa! Can’t imagine growing up in GA and not wanted to play for UGA.

Only at UGA

February 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

You don’t know there was bribery, you’re lying cause you’re a typical dog, a cry baby loooooser.