Ten@10: WR Da’Rick Rogers, others in clear with Vols

THE TEN AT 10:

1. I like Derek Dooley. Known him since he was a student at Clarke Central High. One of the smartest guys I’ve met. I think he’s a good coach and I think he’ll do a good job at Tennessee. But am I the only one surprised at the way he handled the whole bar brawl incident up on Rocky Top? Especially given the proclamations made early on about “changing the culture,” “representing with class” and “making Volunteers everywhere proud” of the way their players conduct themselves.

Yet the end result of “at least nine or 10 football players” being involved in a 1:50 a.m. fight that left an off-duty cop hospitalized is one player — Atlanta’s Darren Myles — was dismissed from the team (Myles had been in trouble with the law just a short time before). Two others were indefinitely suspended, but from what is unclear since both were reinstated before the first day of preseason practice. Meanwhile, there have been no obvious repercussions for true freshman wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers, who like Myles was hauled off to jail for his role in the melee. Charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Rogers, a five-star prospect from Calhoun has a Sept. 14th court date (that’s the week the Vols play host to Florida, by the way). Rogers also faced assault charges but we know now he didn’t have to because, as was widely reported, his victim declined to press charges not wanting get Rogers in trouble. Meanwhile, Dooley has never so much as mentioned Rogers’ name in regard to any disciplinary action. We only know Rogers is in the clear now because Dooley said he didn’t expect any other players to miss game time as a result of the incident.

To his credit, Dooley said he had “no qualms whatsoever” about clearing the players involved. “I’m extremely comfortable with what the facts are with what happened, and their role in it,” he told reporters. “It’s been consistent since day one and there’s been no new information that would lead you to believe otherwise. I’m very comfortable with the discipline that we have put on them, and I’m comfortable with their attitude and their remorse.” So there you have it.  Again, I know Dooley is privy to  information we probably don’t have. But does it all seem lax to anybody else?

2. With the recent commitments of quarterback C.J. Uzomah of North Gwinnett and linebacker Justin Garrett of Tucker, it looks like Auburn is starting to make some hay in Georgia again. They join Pope OG Thomas O’Reilly to give the Tigers three Georgians lined up for 2011. They had a field day with Peach State talent in the last recruiting class, signing eight Georgians, including elite prospects DT Jeffrey Whitaker, WR Antonio Goodwin, OL Ed Christian. And Auburn is on some major in-state talent this year as well, including RB Isaiah Crowell and DT Gabe Wright of Carver-Columbus, DE Ray Drew of Thomas County Central and CB Malcolm Mitchell of Valdosta, among others.

3. Another elite prospect to keep an eye on with regard to Auburn is Monroe Area defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Georgia Tech has long led for this 6-foot-5, 252-pound athlete. But coach Matt Fligg told me Tuitt has a fantastic visit to The Plains this past weekend and has really hit it off with defensive coordinator (and Tech alum) Ted Roof. He also said Auburn is being brought up to Tuitt a lot by other blue-chip prospects. “Auburn is definitely in the hunt after today,” Fligg told me Sunday. Stay tuned.

4. One recruit Georgia Tech doesn’t need to worry about is Hillgrove linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days. Hunt-Days, a 6-3, 226-pound linebacker who was also pursued by Auburn, said he’s solid with the Yellow Jackets. And even though he has a scholarship to Tech locked up, Hunt-Days has continued to compete in combines and camps all summer. Just recently he competed at the University of Oklahoma in the Schuman’s National Underclassmen (NUC) Top Prospect camp, an event he qualified after winning Overall MVP honors at the NUC’s Southeast regional in Atlanta earlier this year. As usual, Hunt-Days fared well, coming away with Linebacker MVP honors. “I like competing and I seek the best around the country to compete against,” said Hunt-Days, who advanced to nationals of a Nike’s combine competition as well. “It pushes me to excellence. I also learn something at each camp. I meet a host of coaches and try and absorb all the information and pick up new techniques. I feel that I am the best and I want to prove this to be so. So I seek competition. I live for challenges.” With Hillgrove now in two-a-days, Hunt-Days combine days are over. But he has been invited to the NUC All-American Game on Dec. 31 in Albuquerque, N.M.

5. Georgia commitment Justin Scott-Wesley wasn’t thrilled with his performance in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic championships July 27-Aug. 1 in Sacramento, Calif., but he certainly had nothing to be ashamed of. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete finished third in the 100 meters at 10.66 seconds, 12th in the 200-meters (21.82) and ran the anchor leg (with a 10.01 split) of a 4×100-meter relay team that finished second (40.83). Scott set the Georgia high school record in the 100 meters earlier this year with a 10.35 at the state championship meet, so he was disappointed with his showing in that event. “I would have ran faster but they ran the 100 at 9 a.m. and it was like 55 degrees out there. But it is what it is,” he said. It wasn’t for naught. All the running Scott-Wesley did this summer will pay off. He said Mitchell County football coach Dondrial Pinkins plans to play him on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and cornerback and he’ll likely return kicks as well.

6. Hey, better late than never for Gainesville’s Blake Sims. The 2009 AJC Super 11 quarterback gained his academic eligibility at Alabama at the last possible moment this past week. Sims got the NCAA thumbs up last Thursday afternoon and practiced with the Crimson Tide’s newcomers that night.  Now the real intrigue for Sims lies with where he might actually play for Bama. Wearing jersey number 18, it could be almost anywhere. In the first three days of practice Sims worked two of them at quarterback and one at defensive back, according to former Gainesville assistant coach Todd Wofford. Wofford (now head coach at Central Gwinnett) said Bama also has some plans to look at Sims as a slot receiver.

7. And speaking of Super 11 players from Gainesville, did you catch where former Red Elephants’ star Tai-ler Jones is slated to start at flanker for Notre Dame as a true freshman this fall? Fortunately for Jones — who is going by T.J. at Notre Dame — his involvement in an under-age alcohol bust in South Bend last month did not result in a suspension for any games. The eight football players involved had to pay restitution and were subjected to in-house discipline by new coach Brian Kelly.

8. Stephenson defensive back Kadetrix Marcus — formerly of Hillgrove — has set up four official visits for this fall and is considering a fifth, according to Stephenson assistant coach Corey Johnson. The 6-1, 190-pound safety plans to take trips to South Carolina, Tennessee and Auburn in September and Miami in October. He may also take a trip to South Florida if he hasn’t already made up his mind by then. Marcus is on track to graduate early and plans to enroll in college in January.

9. Here’s a last word on Dexter Morant, the four-star defensive end who left Georgia during its first week of camp last week only to return to the Bulldogs over the weekend. Manning High School coach Robbie Briggs told South Carolina TV news station WBTW that he thinks Morant simply got overwhelmed by the whole situation and regretted his decision to leave soon after arriving back home.  “I really think he was overwhelmed with the attention, the enormity of SEC football,” Briggs said. “His personality wasn’t ready for that.”

10.  THIS & THAT: Westlake defensive back Chris Tavarez has committed to Duke, several outlets were reporting Monday. Tavarez (5-11, 190) chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Maryland, Tulane, Harvard and Princeton. . . . Defensive back Avery Walls, the No. 9-rated defensive back in America, transferred to Eagles Landing Christian School from Union Grove.  . .  White County defensive back Ashely Lowery committed to Kentucky this past weekend. . . . WR DaVaris Daniels of Lake Forest, Ill. — the son of Georgia letterman and NFL player Phillip Daniels, was named to the Under Armour All-America team this past week. . . . QB Tony Daniel from South Paulding High committed to Buffalo on Monday night

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166 comments Add your comment

Destin Dawg

August 10th, 2010
10:07 am

that figures

theTruth

August 10th, 2010
10:10 am

Good to have you back CHIP.

F-105 Thunderchief

August 10th, 2010
10:11 am

As big a train wreck as that incident seemed to be. To now just say, “everything’s fine,” without a lick of explanation as to why it’s fine is pretty darn lame, and seems more Kiffin-esque than what you’d expect from Derek Dooley. Sad, really.

IndianaDawg

August 10th, 2010
10:12 am

Great to have you back Chip! Nice work!

BigTimeTECHFan

August 10th, 2010
10:13 am

Chip is back,
Have you talked to Jeff Greene about his commit to Tech?
Any word on the NC RB and QB from NC who have Tech listed high?

Nice Days is only 3 star yet he plays better and grades better in most combines then the 5*’s. Don’t get it, he should be a 4 at less.

theTruth

August 10th, 2010
10:13 am

As for Rogers, he was suspended his senior year in high school because of bad behavior. Not teaching him a lesson only will make him think he can get away with anything and apparently he can. Here is to hoping he can use this incident to realize he has a chance of a lifetime and choose wisely his path.

Douglas

August 10th, 2010
10:16 am

I was surprised that Dooley did so little on discipline. It seems to me that even if the victim did not press charges that Rogers should have been disciplined. Dooely will pay for it in the long run: players will now look at him as not being a strong disciplinarian.

Destin Dawg

August 10th, 2010
10:17 am

pants on the ground.. pants on the ground !!! lucky he went to Tenn…. he’ll stay in trouble and bring others with him.. where was Nash ??? by the way

Destin Dawg

August 10th, 2010
10:17 am

pants on the ground.. pants on the ground !!! lucky he went to Tenn…. he’ll stay in trouble and bring others with him.. where was Nash ??? by the way

NoGaGator

August 10th, 2010
10:19 am

I agree with you Chip. This was Dooley’s chance to send a loud unequivocal message that UT will no longer tolerate this behavior. When one considers that UT’s prospects for this year aren’t very good – after the train wreck that Lamie engineered – Dooley had the perfect opportunity and he missed it.

SEC Fact Checker

August 10th, 2010
10:21 am

Good Article Chip, We all hope everyone is doing well in the Tower’s Household.
Now onto the facts about Tennessee. Dooley has his back against the wall, he has had to deal with multiple issues, the latest a looming letter of inquiry from the NCAA. These guys involved in the Fight including Rogers were disciplined by the school and coaching staff. Is that enough? I doubt it, however we all know a 5 win season at Tennessee is in the immediate windshield. They have lost 2 starting linemen in 2 days. The total number of “STARTS” by the Offensive and Defensive Lines is 3, the Dooley era is somewhat off to a stumbling start( and none of this is even close to being the coaches doing).

James Wilder will be committing on the 18th of August and it looks more and more each day his services will utilized by the Seminoles.

Chip can you give us a run down on the remaining uncommitted top 50 players in the state of Georgia?

Have a great week everyone!

rduck

August 10th, 2010
10:24 am

PJ and Al Groh need to get to work to keep GT at the top of Tuitt’s list. Sounds like Auburn has made strides with the kid lately. It’s time to sell and sell hard. We can’t afford to let him go elsewhere. I truly hope he stays leaning with Tech, but I also wish him well with any decision he makes. Love to have you on the Flats Stephon. You could be a beast on Saturdays for us!

We_Run_This_Country

August 10th, 2010
10:25 am

Jabari Hunt-Days will be a beast! I’m surprised he isn’t already a 4* pushing 5* status. He’s always named MVP at every camp/combine he goes to. Nice to have him on the Flats! Can’t wait to see him in the Blackwatch defense!

BigTimeTECHFan

August 10th, 2010
10:26 am

Any word on the NC RB and QB from NC who have Tech listed high? = Vlad Lee and Romar Morris

Randy Hall

August 10th, 2010
10:26 am

Thanks for the updates; looking forward to the updates on Thursday and the “Mailbag” on Friday; btw: whi is the JC DT that UGA is possibly recruiting?
rhall55

78 DAWG

August 10th, 2010
10:28 am

My inside sources tell me the teacher in the Brandon Smith case is the same principal that got Lemay suspended. Her name is Jan Kemp and she has no respect for FOOTBALL, where’s Jim Harrick jr when you need him?!?!?!.

De' Rick Dooley

August 10th, 2010
10:28 am

Just more Vile-unteer ‘bidneth as usual’, a culture of corruption contines to be fertized with high octane bulls hit

PKS

August 10th, 2010
10:28 am

If UT had a senior QB, a decent defense, a RB, OL, and not looking at a losing season, Dooley would have certainly taken disciplinary action on those players who took part in the 10 on 1 beating. He didn’t because he knows he needs all the talent his team has on the field and not in the stands. For that, Da’Thug Rogers and the rest of them own him. Bad move Derek.

SmyrnaMan

August 10th, 2010
10:30 am

Rogers didnt do anything. And “Moral of the Story” is dont sucker punch our Football players. Thats why “nothing” has happened

San Francisco Dawg

August 10th, 2010
10:30 am

Do you think for one moment that Derek Dooley has any real control over his team? That’s why he was hired! He is young and inexperienced and underachieved at his first coaching stint. He is no more than a puppet and has very little say on what goes on around him….after the Kiffen disaster the alumni of Tenn made damn sure that the next coach would be a yes man…shame on Dooley for not sticking up for his morals…

Vol Central

August 10th, 2010
10:35 am

Dooley’s days are numbered….the program is a mess, no OL or DL, no QB of any measure, and a coach who refuses to get tough with his player. Ra Dick won’t last the season.

dawgster

August 10th, 2010
10:35 am

Ok, this should end the continued bashing of Coach Richt and the coaching staff in their handling of discipline of players…Don’t know all the details of the Tenn incident, other than an off duty police officer was serioulsy injured…Even when Coach Richt gave out second chances with players, people wanted to bash him and the staff…Well now lets see the AJC and some of the bloggers comment about the Tenn incident…And dawg fans be careful about throwing too many stones, as soon as we do, something will happen…I would hope to think that if the same incident had happened with our players and someone getting seriously hurt that the punishment would be pretty severe…I thought Kiffn and staff were no longer at Tenn…In closing i do want to say that i have alot of respect for Coach Dooley, but i am extremely surprised at his lack of action here…

GT BABY

August 10th, 2010
10:35 am

GT BABY

August 10th, 2010
10:37 am

im gonna be pissed if we lose tuitt! If we lose Stephon, then I’ve lost all faith in Georgia Techs recruiting. It’s obvious that the SEC teams cheat when it comes to recruiting…unbelieveable!

RxDawg

August 10th, 2010
10:37 am

you reap what you sow

It’s quite clear that Mr. Rogers will probably not amount to much, except news clipings. You have to have a strong mind and attitude to go with those physical attributes to exceed at this level.

GT BABY

August 10th, 2010
10:38 am

TEAMS LIKE UGA, TENN, AUBURN, FLA, ALA….ALL CHEAT LIKE HELL WHEN IT COMES TO RECRUITING….THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT THESE PEOPLE TELL THESE KIDS TO GET THEM TO COME TO THEIR SCHOOLS.

TD 4 Da'Rick

August 10th, 2010
10:41 am

Yes, Da’Rick will team with Denarious Moore, Gerald Jones, and Luke Stocker (who all burned UGA last season) to give Matt or Tyler plenty of options at QB. Some of you fans will be crying when UT pulls “the
upset” this year with Dooley’s young team.

GT

August 10th, 2010
10:41 am

Dooley is paid by Tennessee. Within the law and rules they expect a winner. The law was there and no one is in jail no charges were pressed, Lord knows the NCAA has heard about it and no penalties are in the offering. Dooley needs to win at Tenn., he doesn’t need to curry favor with Georgia alumni. I think as smart as he is he is not one of those Paul Johnston types or Steve Spurrier types, he, like his father, needs that superhuman athlete. Hershel could have killed someone we would have never known, and to some Georgia and Tennessee fans a death would not be too high a price to pay. What the Dooleys are excellent at is PR, attracting Erk Russell type talent and taking the credit in their smooth way. In some places they call that smart, but it sure ain’t Spurrier or Johnston smart.

RxDawg

August 10th, 2010
10:43 am

TJ didn’t get suspended at all?

GEESH, is UGA the only team that actually holds their players accountable when they break the law? Makes all those trolls look pretty silly. Well, more silly anyways.

SEC fan

August 10th, 2010
10:45 am

The whole culture in Knoxville is rotten, not just the athletes.

When Nukeese and his pals committed robbery, the victims didn’t want to press charges once they found out their assailants were UT football players.

From reading the accounts of the barroom brawl, a lot of details were quickly overlooked and charges not pressed once it came out these guys played football for UT.

Wrens

August 10th, 2010
10:45 am

He learned from his daddy.

just wonderin'

August 10th, 2010
10:46 am

The buzz around town is that the Branden Smith situation is alot more concerning than first reported. It has been rumored that he is way behind on his school work and it could take some time to catch up. He could pssibly miss some games. Any word on this Chip?

rduck

August 10th, 2010
10:46 am

We need Tuitt!!!

Kramer

August 10th, 2010
10:48 am

Man were gonna miss the death blow

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 10th, 2010
10:49 am

wow, seems like he never even got a slap on the wrist. he was actually arrested and yet nothing?? not even 1 game?? at least Richt suspends his players, whether it’s traffic violations or dui’s/underage drinking. disorderly conduct and resisting arrest is now legal in knoxville. i smell a cover up by the KPD- Nash’s daddy must’ve written them a huge booster check.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 10th, 2010
10:49 am

Dooley knows Duh’Rick is the key to his future offense and if he sits him Duh’Rick’s ego will be hurt. Why mess with your meal ticket if you don’t have to?

GW

August 10th, 2010
10:49 am

I was told by a UT alum that Derek was not making the major decisions, including staff hires. Big boosters are calling the shots cause AD Hamilton fears for his job. Who knows but that does not sound like a Dooley.

Bright Idea

August 10th, 2010
10:51 am

Unlike Athens, it sounds like Knoxville cops are fixing things for football players.

Vol Central

August 10th, 2010
10:52 am

Not sure why so many Tenn. fans are afraid to press charges on some of these guys. Seems once you go from a promising player to a criminal suspect you should be held accountable for your actions. Ra Dick has learned nothing. He’ll look good in orange regardless where he wears it – game day or in his prison years.

dawgster

August 10th, 2010
10:54 am

Again, cant wait to see articles from MBradley and Schulz regarding the lack of discipline at Tenn..I mean these are the same journelists that bashed Coach Richt and his seemingly lack of discipline..Hey Tenn Vols, not trying dish on your program, just trying to make a comparison on some of the articles that come from the AJC regarding the dawgs, but seems to be lacking regarding other teams…Just for the record, i go to alot of different newspapers and look at their sport sections and believe it or not practically every program has issues with the players, whether that is DUI’s grades, or other team violations, the reporting is very scarce and you really have to look for it…Not saying that the AJC reporting is biased one way or the other just letting you know that what we read hear regarding the dawgs is happening at alot of schools, not saying it doesn’t need to be addressed, but it does seem to be a trend around alot of football programs…

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 10th, 2010
10:56 am

btw, thanks for the updates Chip!!!

Hunker Down

August 10th, 2010
11:00 am

I remember a kid by the name of Jason Respert that got into some trouble on a recruting trip at UF alledgely with a coed. Immediately, both UF and UGA backed off. One University withdrawing sholly and another saying until it was resolved in a positive manner for Jason the recruit was not being pursued for the team. UT came flying through though and took him. I agree with an earlier post that he could of made a statement. Instead, something looks mighty fishy that nothing went down as far as punishment other than the Myles kid. I thought Dooley would represent UT and the SEC better.

PMC

August 10th, 2010
11:00 am

Perhaps it’s that Dooley a lawyer in a previous life simply wants to wait for Rogers to have his day in court before imposing sanctions. That’s really the proper way to do it anyway. Why should he really be in a hurry? Nothing he can do in the aftermath is going to change that it happened…considering no assault charges were filed… it’s probably only worthy of a game suspension anyway if precedents are used.

footlong Dawg

August 10th, 2010
11:05 am

I don’t know why all these GT techies say other schools cheat when kids don’t go their way… few want to be nerds (engineers)… many don’t have the grades… don’t want to live in the getto.. crime.. muggers..no women.. nothing wrong with a social life… in a great college town.. beautiful Athens Ga.. Go Dawgs !!!

Fooley

August 10th, 2010
11:05 am

No punishment for putting a bar patron in intensive care or kicking a cop in the head, Dooley is making Lane Kiffin look like Joe Pa.

#1 BAMA FAN

August 10th, 2010
11:07 am

Chip….any update on J.Clowney. BAMA sure would like to have him to complete the 2011 class. I hate to say it but this won’t be the last negative thing that the Vol fans hear about DaRick. RTR

Destin Dawg

August 10th, 2010
11:07 am

Knoxville is the cesspool of the South…

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2010
11:08 am

Dooley is a chip off the old block. His dad always let his 5 star players get away with breaking the law. Punish the no names, but cover up for the stars. That’s the UGAg way.

SEC Fact Checker

August 10th, 2010
11:19 am

To the Person who writes that:

TEAMS LIKE UGA, TENN, AUBURN, FLA, ALA….ALL CHEAT LIKE HELL WHEN IT COMES TO RECRUITING….THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT THESE PEOPLE TELL THESE KIDS TO GET THEM TO COME TO THEIR SCHOOLS.

If anyone with a brain cell in their biased noggin thinks “their school” does nothing wrong, cheats, pays players, give incentives, provides extra benefits, promises the NFL, NBA, MLB or anything to get them to sign on National Signing day…please tell me your school, tell us all…As a GT graduate, an UF graduate and a UA post graduate, ( YES, all three schools) and without saying I am old, it was Pepper at GT, Pell at Florida, and Bryant/Perkins at Alabama..and I worked in the Athletic facilities at all three…on game days back then and I am sure today…their was enough money being passed around post game that it was enough to bail out some of these failed banks in Georgia.

So before anyone says anything about their school not cheating….get a clue..it is done at such levels now that many coaches are so buffered from it, or never know what is being handed out. The next time you think a ND, GT, VA. Duke, NC, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Cal or anyone of the prima dona schools do not stoop to cheating…just look at the magicians other hand…he is doing something with that one too.

JB

August 10th, 2010
11:22 am

I hate to see Auburn come in and get some good guys, but truth be known, always has happened and always will….There is just too many Div. 1 studs in this state. It’s the certain ones that leave that bother me. Richt get’s his share, but when players leave who are ranked 1,2,3 at their position in the country, that’s what hurts, and a lot of them do leave…..They are being told if you want to win championships and be in the lime light, don’t go to Georgia. We have got to keep these 4 or 5 special kids in state every year, and over a 4 year period, that’s 20 or so studs in Athens. It’s the difference between 9-3 and 11-1.