Ten at 10: Da’Rick Rogers is officially a UT Vol (updated)

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After graduating this past weekend, the next stop for Calhoun stars Nash Nance (L) and Da'Rick Rogers will be the University of Tennessee on Tuesday. (Photo by Mike Nance)

After graduating this past weekend, the next stop for Calhoun stars Nash Nance (L) and Da'Rick Rogers will be the University of Tennessee on Tuesday. (Photo by Mike Nance)

1. The Tennessee Vols’ angst can finally end. Wide receiver signee Da’Rick Rogers has qualified for freshman eligibility. In fact, Georgia’s No. 1 prospect for 2010 is to report to Rocky Top with the rest of the new Vols today. So what’s the big deal? Well, there had been mass fretting on UT fan forums for weeks now as Rogers struggled through his final semester at Calhoun High School and negotiated several minor disciplinary issues. But part-time guardian Mike Nance, the father of Calhoun quarterback and fellow UT signee Nash Nance, sent out a text to several media outlets this past weekend proclaiming: “It’s official Da’Rick graduated.” Now the angst regarding Rogers shifts to Tennessee’s opponents.  The 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete — who was committed to the Georgia Bulldogs for eight months before switching the day before national signing day — is expected to be among the freshmen to have the greatest impact in the SEC this coming season. He leaves Calhoun holding the Georgia high school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,641.

2. Speaking of high impact freshmen, Alec Ogletree and Mike Thornton, the Nos. 2 and 3 prospects on the AJC Fab 50 list, are among the dozen or so signees that reported to UGA Monday night. Ogletree, a safety from Newnan, and Thornton, a defensive tackle from Stephenson, are both expected to vie for playing time their first season. “I feel good. I’m just ready for a new start,” Thornton told me. Said Ogletree: “I’m just excited and ready to make the transition from high school to college.” Of course, as I wrote this past week, this summer is no more important to anybody than it is to quarterback signee Hutson Mason, who also made the trek to Athens on Monday.

3. Speaking of quarterbacks, former Georgia QB Zach Mettenberger appears to be headed to Butler County (Kan.) Community College. Neither Mettenberger nor Butler coach Troy Morrell have responded to messages seeking comment but a UGA official confirmed last week that move is likely. Because Georgia did not place any conditions on Mettenberger’s scholarship release, he could have gone anywhere, even another SEC school, according to UGA compliance director Eric Baumgartner. But the junior college route seems like an ideal one for Mettenberger. Not only is he immediately eligible — he’d have to sit out a year at another Football Bowl Subdivision school (Div. 1) — but Butler is a powerhouse program that has won four JUCO national titles in the last 13 seasons. And Mettenberger (6-5, 240) will have three years of eligibility remaining if he plays just one season at Butler and transfers back to D-1. You’ll recall another former UGA quarterback took that route. Marietta’s Daniel Cobb went from Georgia to Butler to Auburn.

4. Speaking of Auburn, it appears its “Big Cat Weekend” was a big success. The Tigers came away with only one commitment but no known NCAA violations during the invitation-only campus visit this past weekend. And the one commitment was a big one. Kiehl Frazier (6-3, 212) of Springdale, Ark., is the No. 4-ranked quarterback in America, according to Scout.com.  . . . Last year the Tigers got one commitment and five NCAA rules violations out of Big Cat Weekend. They were cited in December for multiple infractions that occurred during a “Rolling Toomer’s Corner” simulation. But Charles Goldberg of the Birmingham News reports that 10 of the 22 in attendance last year eventually signed with Auburn.  So twice as many signees as NCAA violations committed is a decent tradeoff I guess.

5. Several of Georgia’s top prospects were in attendance at Big Cat, including Isaiah Crowell and Gabe Wright of Carver-Columbus, Xzavier Dickson of Griffin, Watts Dantzler of Dalton and Ray Drew of Thomas County Central. Goldberg mentioned Drew as being close to committing — Florida RB Mike Blakely is another — but Drew told me that is simply not true. “I said they were ‘making it hard’ but I didn’t mean it as though I was about to commit,” Drew said. No, Drew said he has a long way to go, perhaps all the way to signing day. With a couple dozen offers it’s easy to understand why. The big defensive end received offers 24 and 25 over the holiday weekend from UCLA and Michigan, respectively.

6. Another prospect with multiple offers linebacker Kent Turene of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. Georgia was one of three major programs to offer the 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete, according to Scout.com. The other two were Florida and Southern Cal. But it’s not like they’re in select company. Turene has about 30 offers from all over. However, he seems to have a soft spot for the Bulldogs. Turene told Chad Simmons: “I lived in Georgia [Savannah] until I was 9 years old. It is my home state and I liked the Georgia Bulldogs when I was a kid. Georgia has been recruiting me hard for about the last month and Coach [Scott] Lakatos offered me on Friday. I think Georgia can be a power team in the SEC and I really like Mark Richt, too.”

7. Georgia Tech got a weekend visit from Dominique Noble, an elite defensive back prospect from Mount Ulla, N.C. And he came away impressed, according to JacketsOnline.com. “Georgia Tech was always near the top of my list, but they moved up even higher after this visit,” said the 6-foot-2, 187-pound cornerback. “My top five right now is Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, Notre Dame and Virginia.”

8.It looks like the unlikely Star Jackson-to-Georgia-State transfer is all but finalized. Errick Lowe, Jackson’s coach at Lake Worth (Fla.) High School, confirmed that Jackson already has obtained his release from Alabama and plans to play quarterback for the Panthers. “As far as the Georgia State thing goes, as of right now that’s where he’s leaning to,” Lowe said. “Classes start there on the 14th (of June) and I look forward to him being enrolled there by the 13th. I guess he’s going to play for Georgia State. It’s not final because he hasn’t signed anything but everything is leaning toward that way.” Lowe said Jackson is away with family and currently is not commenting on the subject. . . . Obviously if this comes to pass, it will be a huge shot in the arm for the Panthers’ upstart football program, which was already chugging along quite well. The next big question will be the new competition at quarterback. Coach Bill Curry already felt pretty good about their situation under center, with former Henry County star Drew Little (6-5, 250) and Lithia Springs’ Kelton Hill (5-11, 183)  battling for the starting spot for this inaugural season. Now enter Jackson (6-3, 209), a U.S. Army High School All-American in 2007 and the No. 5-ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation coming out of high school, according to Rivals.com. He passed for more than 3,500 yards and 32 TDs in two seasons at Lake Worth. Meanwhile, the Panthers’ Nov. 20 date with the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa suddenly gets some new juice.

9. Former Brookwood running back Julian Suber, a Georgia Southern signee, was recently arrested for armed robbery and other charges, the Savannah Morning News reported. Suber and another man were taken into police custody May 17 for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint. Suber had already been released from his LOI with the Eagles in late April because of previous discipline issues. He was considered one of the prized signees in coach Jeff Monken’s first recruiting class at GSU. He rushed for 957 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Brookwood last season.

10. It looks like North Gwinnett is going to have another offensive line prospect after all. Garrett Clark, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman from Daytona’s Mainland High is transferring to the Suwanee school this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Clark already has offers from Duke, Northwestern, Colorado State, South Florida and Middle Tennessee with numerous others showing interest. . . . Tennessee also got a late-addition signee last week from offensive lineman Darrin Gooch (6-2, 305) Butte CC in California. He reports today.

168 comments Add your comment

Les

June 1st, 2010
10:05 am

We gonna see if Da Rick is the best WR to ever play the game or not. He needs to lead the country in receptions as a rookie to back up his talk. Let’s see if he can be the best to ever play.

RxDawg

June 1st, 2010
10:05 am

This whole DaRick thing stinks of corruption. I haven’t heard many good things about his attendance in school and such. Think any favors were made here? I’d like to wish him best of luck, but his recruitment felt really sour and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the future.

redeployed dawg

June 1st, 2010
10:06 am

Lets hear about some OL. We need some big bodies.

Vick=Dog killing thug

June 1st, 2010
10:07 am

Go Dawgs !!!

Chris Eagle

June 1st, 2010
10:07 am

The Julian Suber story is sad to hear. Such a waste.

smith30

June 1st, 2010
10:07 am

SEC FAN

June 1st, 2010
10:08 am

Lots of good info. Thanks Chip!

Delbert D.

June 1st, 2010
10:08 am

Interesting mix of schools offering Garrett Clark. He obviously has the smarts. That sure is good news for N. Gwinnett.

Derek Dooley’s got to be pleased with a big body joining the ranks of the Vols.

Craig Fratkinson

June 1st, 2010
10:10 am

I am black, I love jews and fat girls

Clinch

June 1st, 2010
10:10 am

Da’Rick eligable? Who da’ cares

Sundance32

June 1st, 2010
10:11 am

What’s the general feeling about Da’Rick in Calhoun? Forgive and forget? Excited about his chances at UT? Or traitor to UGA?

CONFEDERATE DAWG

June 1st, 2010
10:12 am

WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH? BUT SEEMS KINDA SAD DAWGS WITH AFTER HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. KEEP AT IT CMR, WE BELIEVE

Worm

June 1st, 2010
10:12 am

Don’t care who Auburn takes at QB..The number one guy on their board was LeMay.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

June 1st, 2010
10:13 am

I TALKED TO JUST A CASUAL FAN THAT WENT TO A FEW OF HIS GAMES AND SAID HE’S VERY GOOD BUT THEY AINT DOWN WITH HIM

Da'REEK

June 1st, 2010
10:14 am

He graduated? Is this news? The Vols should be proud.

SmyrnaMan

June 1st, 2010
10:18 am

Welcome to the Vols Da’FREAK!! LOL at the the puppies upset over a person graduating from HS

Marlon Brown WHO??

Bulldog59

June 1st, 2010
10:20 am

The more we hear about Da’Rick, the more it sounds like we are better off he went to UT. Disciplinary issues and grade issues in HS. If he is having this many issues while at home under his mom’s and Mr. Nance’s supervision, imagine what might happen when he is at UT on his own.

Dooley may end up wishing he had never made this deal.

Realist

June 1st, 2010
10:27 am

Congrats to Da’Rick for graduating high school. But, ummm…doesn’t a WR need someone to throw him the football in order to be effective much less the best to ever play? And last time I checked, Tn is sorely lacking in QB talent. Just throwing that out there…

Italianice

June 1st, 2010
10:28 am

Whose ‘former Henry County star Drew Hill’? I think you mean former Henry County star Drew Little. Drew Hill played for the Falcons. Or maybe you meant Dru Hill, the awful R&B group from Baltimore.

Bulldog59

June 1st, 2010
10:30 am

Realist, Da’Rick has Nance, Bray, and Sims to throw to him, not good options! The new UT offense may be called the chuck-and-duck.

Seriously, they will probably keep a close eye on him, academically and otherwise at UT.

Da'REEK

June 1st, 2010
10:34 am

Who said Georgia was upset about a guy graduating from HS? I suppose it says something about a kid when a major paper writes a story headling the kids graduation, as if he wasn’t supposed to graduate. Nobody cares. He should graduate.

TD DA'RICK 21

June 1st, 2010
10:35 am

HOW ABOUT THOSE VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO DA’RICK GO

Rocky Top Tennessee!

DOWG

June 1st, 2010
10:35 am

GooD luck on your college football, you should always find the true meaning of COMMITMENT while you study in college

SimpleDawg

June 1st, 2010
10:42 am

When I read the headlines….”It’s Official, Da’Rick is a Vol”, I thought he had robbed a liquor store or something.

It will be interesting to see if The Rick can back up all of that drama and pseudo-celebrity he created with his “recruitment circus”. I wonder if his tag-a-long buddy will ever be heard of again……

Can Mett blend into the background and stay out of the doghouse in Kansas, where the landscape is bland and so are the women……

I have a feeling that there will be plenty of talent coming to Athens this fall and for years to come to play for the Dawgs.

…and can Star Jackson burn brightly for G-State?

…..I only hope GSU brings as many back to Atlanta as they take to Tuscaloosa…..they could half the team before that mismatch is over.

So there’s an over/under on commitments versus violations during Awbarn’s big recruitment weekend? Sounds like a pattern is developing……maybe the NCAA should establish a branch office in Auburn to reduce travel expenses.

TD DA'RICK 21

June 1st, 2010
10:43 am

Da’Rick to spread the good news to all Georgia recruits =
“Follow me to Tennessee”

IndianaDawg

June 1st, 2010
10:59 am

Thanks for the updates Chip!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 1st, 2010
11:02 am

Good Stuff Chip- didn’t know Da’Rick had some discipline issues (minor or not) in HS. Maybe UGA is better off in the long run. Who else do think will get some playing time out of UGA’s 2010 class?

ryan

June 1st, 2010
11:08 am

I think that is why CMR did not push keep Rogers at UGA because of his grades and he would be a cancer in the locker room.

BG

June 1st, 2010
11:13 am

Wow! UT will let anyone into their college. Rogers just barely graduated from high school. Rogers has also had a ton of other problems off the field.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

June 1st, 2010
11:13 am

Sounds like Tennessee is really is disarray at the moment.

I also agree, at some point, corruption will be exposed in that Nash/Da’Prick deal. It reeks of it.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Duh’Rick passed the strict Tick Hound entrance exam….. didn’t get caught robbing a convenience store and didn’t make the front pages for consorting with their female “hosts”. Still, my questions is who will get him the ball? It won’t be Nancy Pants – 4th on the QB depth chart as we speak.

BAMA STAN

June 1st, 2010
11:24 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Enjoy the 10 at 10! Appreciate the AJC’s focus on college football!

1. Sounds like Da’Rick has some maturing to do. However, when I look back when I was 17/18 – I am sure I needed some maturing as well. Really wish all these guys – regardless of school – get an education and have success in some form or fashion. UT needs to keep Da’Rick on a very short leash for a while – until he settles in and grows up a little.

2. Speaking of maturing – I believe Z. Mett has done some growing up the last few months. I bet things work out well for him. Butler CC is an excellent option – then he can get to any school that needs a prostyle QB. Kudo’s to UGA for not restricting his opportunity

3. Auburn is building – the UGA/AU game will be a war. AL/AU will also be a struggle for both teams.

I predict UGA will win 9 games this year – possibly more. Auburn is definately a 50/50 game.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!

The Don in Marietta

June 1st, 2010
11:25 am

I don’t like this at all because Darick can flat out play
and he is going to put up big numbers at UT.

On the bright side he will only be there 3 years then its
on to the nfl..

Gator CHOMP Champ

June 1st, 2010
11:27 am

Good luck to UT their quest to beat our UGA for 2nd place in the EAST again this year.

Chip Towers

June 1st, 2010
11:31 am

Italianice: LOL! I screw up Drew’s name all the time. I think I subconsciously combine it with Kelton Hill. Anyway, it’s fixed now.

Tech Rules

June 1st, 2010
11:34 am

GA Tech continues to select specific players to fill their needs. I love their approach rather than casting a wide net to get whom ever. We needed line players and so that’s who we went after and got.

Only a prestigius school can take such an approach. I guess that’s why ugag (and the like) take the net approach.

McDawg

June 1st, 2010
11:38 am

NANCEE, NANCEE, NANCEE

guess who is going steady with nancy?

dawgdawgdawg

June 1st, 2010
11:43 am

Sweet faux-hawk you’ve got going there, Nash…

hahaha

THWGT!!!

June 1st, 2010
11:46 am

Tech rules this is for you.
It is funny to me how the gtu fans have replaced scu fans as the most delusional in college football. I must admit that scu has had more success against UGA during the last 19years (with out cheating as per the NCAA) than has gtu. I really don’t hate tech, it goes much deeper than that.
THWGT!!!

Dawg Drool (BaseballVol13)

June 1st, 2010
11:48 am

Hey, REALIST!!! And “who” does uga have to throw the ball out there?

Ace

June 1st, 2010
11:49 am

UGA is in a down cycle, look at all the disappoinment in the fans.

Tom

June 1st, 2010
11:54 am

Why is this news? If Wash-On can graduate HS, anyone can.

BILLY JACK

June 1st, 2010
11:54 am

TENNESEE MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT THIS RODGERS KID GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL-THAT IS VERY SAD.THIS KID WILL STRUGGLE AND MAY BE A BIG ACADEMIC CASUALTY VERY SOON.UGA DODGED A BULLETT WITH THIS KID AND I SMELL NOTHING BUT TROUBLE.1 YEAR MAX BEFORE HE IS BACK IN CALHOUN.

cmr

June 1st, 2010
11:56 am

He like all vols sucks the big one!

shane

June 1st, 2010
11:57 am

Hey, REALIST!!! And “who” does uga have to throw the ball out there?

Aaron Murray.

Go Gators

June 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

UT is on the upswing with Dooley now, while UGA will suffer for it. Big recruiting losses are only the beginning for the Dawgs and Rogers is proof of that.

kb

June 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

Tech rules that was an elite #42 recruiting class. Tech the new Navy.

GOGATOR

June 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

Aaron Murray is only 5′10″. Really.

1eyedJack

June 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

I think one day in the not too distant future we will be saying, “you know what, it’s a good thing we didn’t waste a scholarship on that Rogers kid.” Or maybe not.

brick

June 1st, 2010
12:23 pm

Da’Rick dominated in games this year, until the one that reallly counted, and he was a non factor, shut down by a 5′8″ cb, And he was shut down while having and SEC calibur qb in AA high school ball.