Ten@10: WR Da’Rick Rogers doesn’t crack two-deep for Tennessee

THE TEN AT 10:

Calhoun's Da'Rick Rogers hasn't lived up to his five-star billing -- yet.

Calhoun's Da'Rick Rogers hasn't lived up to his five-star billing -- yet.

1. Tennessee released its first depth chart of the 2010 season this week and guess who wasn’t on it? Da’Rick Rogers. The five-star wide receiver from Calhoun didn’t make the two-deep . Gerald Jones and Zach Rogers were listed at one wideout and Denarius Moore and fellow true freshman Justin Hunter were listed at the other. Oddly enough, Hunter isn’t even practicing at the moment. His freshman eligibility is still hung up at the NCAA Clearinghouse. But obviously the Vols believe the young speedster will be cleared before Saturday’s opener against UT-Martin.

As for Rogers, his omission set off some anxiety-riddled exchanges on message boards such as VolNation.com. “Was he overrated?” some asked. “Has he not been putting forth enough effort in practice?” others wondered. I tend to side with the group that thinks Rogers is simply being sent a message by coach Derek Dooley and his staff. Lest we forget, Rogers was arrested earlier this summer for his role in a Knoxville bar brawl. In fact, his court date for those infractions (disorderly conduct, resisting arrest) still awaits on Sept. 14. And while Dooley never announced a formal punishment for Rogers, word is the freshman was dealt some internal discipline. Perhaps being slighted on the first lineup card of the year is another way to get Rogers’ attention.

Nevertheless, Rogers is expected to play in the game at some point Saturday. He reportedly has had an up-and-down camp. But it remains my contention that the 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete, ranked the No. 1 prospect in Georgia last year, will end up starring for the Vols before the season is over.

2. Guess who was on the Vols’ two deep? JaWuan James. In fact, the 6-foot-7, 313-pound offensive lineman out of North Gwinnett is set to start at right tackle for UT. Dooley was asked at the game week media luncheon Monday how he felt about James winning the job. “I’m as comfortable as probably any coach could ever be with a true freshman starting at right tackle,” Dooley said, meaning he’s not. “JaWuan could barely breathe in the mock game [last week] from anxiety, and there was nobody in the stands. You can’t forget that he’s a true freshman. We laughed at it in the staff meeting today because we act like the guy’s a junior. He’s like one of our veterans because he’s been here seven months, not two months. He’s extremely mature. He’s very balanced. He’s intelligent. He’s going to be a really good player.”

3. Staying with the Vols here, did you catch the performance by Tennessee commitment Justin Worley this past weekend? The 6-foot-5, 200-pound quarterback from Northwestern High in Rock Hill, S.C., threw six touchdowns — including five in a span of less than five minutes — to lead his team to a 48-20 come-from-behind victory in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. What’s more, his performance came against a defense featuring the No. 1-ranked prospect in the nation, South Pointe, S.C.’s, Jadeveon Clowney.

4. Turning to basketball, Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-foot-10 post player who was giving Georgia Tech a hard look, committed to Kentucky this past weekend. Wiltjer was also considering Cal, Gonzaga, Kansas, Texas and Wake Forest.

5. One of Milton’s six Division I basketball prospects made his college decision known on Sunday. The AJC’s Michael Carvell reports that Milton guard Jordan Lloyd committed to Furman. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wing chose the Purple Paladins over Rice, Dartmouth, Cornel, Army, Wichita State, Winthrop and Minnesota.

6. Meanwhile, Carvell reports that it’s likely going to be a Tech-UGA battle for Julian Royal, another one of Milton’s multiple prospects.

7. I covered the Parkview-Stephenson game last Friday as part of the broadcast crew for the Channel 2 “Sports Zone Game of the Week” (we’re at Peachtree Ridge-Roswell this week). In case you missed it, Stephenson came from behind to record a 21-14 win in double-overtime. A couple of observations from that game: One, I think Parkview may be better than a lot of people think this season. The Panthers are stout on defense and that can keep you in any game. Two, the Jaguars, No. 6 in Class AAAAA, are better than they displayed Friday. Turnovers and special teams miscues undermined an otherwise dominant performance. Parkview’s 14 points came on defensive touchdowns.

8. I discovered some college prospects I didn’t know much about beforehand. From Parkview, I was impressed with seniors Ike Onike (DE/RB), Walter McGriff (OL/DL), Kenny Flowers (LB) and Joe Anderson (DB). Perhaps the best looking prospect on the field this past Saturday was Parkview junior linebacker Raphael Kirby. Standing out for Stephenson were junior offensive and defensive lineman Jafar Mann, senior defensive backs Kadetrix Marcus and David Stevenson (UConn commitment), defensive end Preston Smith, quarterback Jordan Tarver (Kent) and wide receiver Ceyron Willingham (Middle Tennessee). Based on what I saw the Jaguars’ entire secondary may end up being the best in the state when it’s all said and done.

9. Remember Nickell Robey, the little cornerback from Frostproof, Fla., who decommitted to Georgia and ended up signing with Southern Cal and Lane Kiffin? Well it was announced this week that he will start at cornerback for the Trojans, according to the L.A. Times. He might also return some kicks and is on their punt-block team. Not sure if that says more about Robey’s ability or USC’s depth issues but pretty impressive either way.

10. THIS & THAT: Five-star WR Kasen Williams of Sammarish, Wash., decided to stay close to home and committed to the Washington Huskies on Friday.  Williams had Georgia Tech among his finalists. . . . Texas commitment Quandre Diggs, a running back from Angleton, Texas, accounted for 420 total yards in a game last weekend, including 276 yards rushing. His team lost. . . .  Five-star prospect James Wilder Jr., who committed to Florida State as a running back, had 86 yards on 15 carries for Tampa-Plant last weekend. But his team lost 48-10 to Manatee, which was led by four-star running back Mike Blakely (140 yards, 3 TDs).

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84 comments Add your comment

memphisdawg

August 31st, 2010
10:11 am

STATE

August 31st, 2010
10:16 am

SmyrnaMan

August 31st, 2010
10:19 am

Da’Freak just needs to learn to run better routes. Hunter is a bit more focused and will be All American. Jawuan James is a future 1st rounder

Rafael Belliard

August 31st, 2010
10:24 am

Unless The’Rick plays O-line, it isn’t really going to matter much for Tennessee. They’re going to get killed in the trenches.

Mike

August 31st, 2010
10:25 am

So you are basically reporting Rogers is going to have the same freshmen year as last years 5 star Marlon Brown? Don’t see what the big deal is?

ECB

August 31st, 2010
10:28 am

It’s almost go time! 4 days and counting…GO DAWGS!

UGA is #1 in partying and crime!

August 31st, 2010
10:28 am

ATL Fan

August 31st, 2010
10:31 am

Maybe Coach Dooley can do something with DaRick. I’m rooting for him to get his life in order. It’s going to be very difficult for him to handle success as it appears he is heading down a path of self-destruction. Regardless of whether he can, or ever will, play pro-ball, he needs some serious foundational support.

ryan

August 31st, 2010
10:35 am

Da Thug Rodgers was overrated he drops a lot like TO in HS he had history of doing that 5 star was a stretch.

Super Star

August 31st, 2010
10:49 am

Da’Rick is just fine. Dooley is probably taking it slow with him-
plus he’s behind 2 fast/experienced Senior WRs.

Da’Rick will be a STAR at UT. Mark it down!

Burdell

August 31st, 2010
10:54 am

Blakely made JW look silly on that long TD run in the first quarter of the Manatee/Plant game Friday night…JW couldn’t fight off the stiff arm or pull him down by the facemask. I’m sure that made some UGA fans happy since they were snubbed a bit during his commitment “ceremony”…it made this Tech fan smile. Blakely looked like the real deal in that game.

seabass

August 31st, 2010
10:54 am

UGA go after Mike Blakely. I watch the game, an the kid looked good.

Super Star

August 31st, 2010
10:54 am

Oh yes – Justin Worley is a great QB. Dooley did a fine job landing
Worley over Notre Dame and LSU.

BTW, Justin Hunter was just cleared for the Vols today.

Funny

August 31st, 2010
10:54 am

And the UGA fans start bashing a teenager in 3…2..oh wait it aleady started!

dogfish

August 31st, 2010
11:04 am

Did anybody see that Florida State still has 15,000 tickets unsold for the home opener in a stadium that holds only 81,000?
Where are the Florida State fans?

Marlon Brown

August 31st, 2010
11:05 am

I was a 4 star FYI

BullDawg Rick

August 31st, 2010
11:11 am

Dawg fan here… Not going to bash Duh… But praise JaWuan… Have seen him pancake many a good DE’s & LB’s as a Dawg from N Gwinnett… Great kid on & OFF the field! Best of luck to him, cept Oct 9th

BigTimeTECHFan

August 31st, 2010
11:12 am

Some good games were on this weekend – Manatee busted up Plant, yea.
I’ve seen plenty of QB’s as good as Plants QB that signed with Bama. I bet there are 4 QB’s in North Fulton alone that are as good as him. Shows these recuiting rankings are all hype, half has to do with what school you play for.

Hoover AL game was good, they have a receiver who commited to Auburn who looks like real nice player.

RxDawg

August 31st, 2010
11:12 am

Thanks for the updates Chip. Looking forward to getting a description of players from all the big time high school games you attend this year.

Dawg4life

August 31st, 2010
11:16 am

I don’t bash 18 yr old kids, but kind of saw this coming for Da’Rick. I only saw him play in 1 game, and that was the UnderArmour All-American game where he dropped at least 4 passes that hit him right in his hands (going along with what ryan was saying). On the flip side, Mike, the year before in the same game, Marlon Brown caught a pass from Matt Barkley and took it 71 yds to the house.

McDawg

August 31st, 2010
11:16 am

J. James is the guy we missed out on–

joe

August 31st, 2010
11:28 am

saw some of the Plant game on tv, Wilder looked like number 22 for the dogs. Great looking athlete, but stiff as a board. I’ll take the kid from Columbus(hopefully).

SOUTH GA DAWG

August 31st, 2010
11:31 am

I DONT BUY ALL THIS WE DONT HAVE A LOT OF DEPTH CRAP. I HOPE WE POUND THEIR BUTTS ALL DAY LONG. HOPE DOOLEY IS LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB IN THREE YEARS AFTER HE GETS THREE STRAIGHT BEAT DOWNS BY THE DAWGS.

RomeDawg

August 31st, 2010
11:34 am

Anyone surprised by the developments with Rogers? Potential is the worst thing in the world to waste!

GTPhenom

August 31st, 2010
11:38 am

G-T-Phe-Non! I’m in the house.

Typical mutts to downplay a kid that decided to attend another school. “How dare he?!” Please. He came to his senses.

I hate to see that Tech missed on the 5* kid from Washington. But good luck to you at UW. (See mutts, how that’s done? That’s being classy.)

theTruth

August 31st, 2010
11:39 am

It’s a good thing for Tn that they wouldn’t release JuWaun James from his LOI.

As far as Rogers, since Mike Nance wanted to ‘act’ like his dad, then he needs to get him away from ‘the crowd’ that Rogers has surrounded himself with.

gatorman770

August 31st, 2010
11:41 am

Wilder would be a fantastic LB in college and would end up in the NFL, but will be no more than a middlin’ good running back and had better study hard and earn that degree for life out of football after college if he insist on staying a RB.

BrokeBackJacket

August 31st, 2010
11:41 am

Very simple solution here….Mr. Nance..get out your check book!

BTW..where is Nance Jr. on the depth chart?

ryan

August 31st, 2010
11:45 am

Blakely would be good but UGA totally focused on Crowell that LB from Manatee looked like a beast i would not UGA going after him .

check please

August 31st, 2010
11:46 am

Chip, could you please tell us how some Dawg and Jacket commits played? Last time I checked, this was the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A lot of us would like to know how the following folks performed this week:

Jabari Hunt-Days
Justin Wesley-Scott
Malcolm Mitchell
Vad Lee
Jeff Greene
Zach Witchett
Nick Marshall
Chris Conley

If you can provide stats on Tennessee and Florida commits or prospects, why not give us the stats on some Georgia boys?

SimpleDawg

August 31st, 2010
11:47 am

Wilder wasn’t very impressive in Plant’s defeat. He wasn’t explosive at RB, and appeared to take plays off on defense. On one of Blakely’s TD runs, he ran into Wilder and broke away from him. Wilder’s play seemed to be uninspired….loked like Tarzan, played like Jane.

Oh well, he’ll be a Gator soon….maybe he’ll transform into his rep.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 31st, 2010
11:55 am

check please
Vad Lee was NC prep player of the week his 1st game, 308 yard passing, 4 passing TD’s and 1 rushing TD.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 31st, 2010
11:57 am

Vad Lee, quarterback of the Hillside High School Hornets, has been selected as the NCPreps.com Player of the Week for week #1 of the 2010 North Carolina High School season. Lee, who has verbally committed to Georgia Tech, completed 14 of 23 passes for 308 yards with 4 touchdowns and ran 6 times for 63 yards with a touchdown in over 42-8 victory of Grimsley.

GeoffDawg

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

SimpleDawg, Wilder’s going to be a Nole. While on the subject, based on his play and his passion for RB, we may be lucky that we didn’t get him. Need to close on Crowell though.

KD

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

Toheck with Rogers, where is the other kid from Calhoun listed on the depth chart?

Ace

August 31st, 2010
12:02 pm

Da Freak is going to know Rambo cold, again.

jimmymack

August 31st, 2010
12:02 pm

da rick dadumbass,he read his own press clippings.i woulr rather have the coloombus running back than j wilder. wilder seem’s like he would make a better lb

BigTimeTECHFan

August 31st, 2010
12:08 pm

Vad Lee this week:
84 yrds rushing, 196 passing

From the opening kick, the Panthers overpowered Coosa on both sides of the ball. Star Wide Receiver Jeff Greene showed why he’s headed to Georgia Tech right off the bat. Greene opened with an 11 yard run on a reverse and followed it with a catch that had the entire crowd in awe. Greene streaked down the sideline past the defense, adjusting in midair to snag the pass from Adam Holley. Greene somehow pulled the ball in with only his right hand, hanging on as he hit the ground for a 35 yard gain.

PowerDawg

August 31st, 2010
12:13 pm

‘Da’Rick will be a star at Teeny-see?’

Ya’ll really have no choice BUT TO say that, right?

I mean, what is the alternative? Keep hopin’ he pulls his head out of the clouds…or maybe it’s stuck somewhere else. Looking more and more like we dogded a bullet with this one. So be it.

And one other thing…what is the Vol-nation going to do when his little QB buddy decides to transfer due to no playing time. Will DR still want to hang around? Will he even be able to when his quasi-adopted daddy stops the cash flow? Because that is exactly what is going to happen…Sleep-over buddy won’t ever play a down you know…not ever.

Man, revenge is gonna be so sweet this year.

MountainDawg

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Rogers is/was overrated & is just another thug/hoodlum. If not for his (God given) talents he’d be (at best) digging ditches or throwing trash on the back of a BFI truck for a living.

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2010
12:17 pm

Check please:

Jabari Hunt-Days: Led defense that held Sprayberry to 128 yards.
Justin Scott-Wesley: 6 catches for 93 yards and TD and several tackles on defense in win over Westover.
Malcolm Mitchell: 3 catches, 105yards, 2 TDs in win
Vad Lee: 8-of-18 passing for 196 yards and 2 TDs, 8 rushes for 64 yards 1 TD, now 2-0. That’s 8 TDs accounted for in two games.
Jeff Greene: 1 rush for 11, 1 catch before hand injury in first quarter
Zach Witchett: DNP (ankle)
Nick Marshall: 3 TD passes, 3 INT, 1 INT ret 96 yards for TD
Chris Conley: 5 catches, 112 yards, 2 TDs in one half of play

Sorry, but not gonna be able to provide stats for Tennessee and Florida commits. try google.

joe

August 31st, 2010
12:19 pm

The only thing UGA can beat three straight is…OFF.

check please

August 31st, 2010
12:25 pm

Thanks Chip. I was a little surprised to hear Lee doing so well. His second game was not quite as impressive as the first but he seems like he’ll be a good fit for Johnson’s offense. I’m very interested in seeing how Wesley-Scott does this year though. With his speed, if he’s able to improve his routes and hands, he should be unstoppable. Two quick questions though and I’ll leave you alone.

Were Marshall’s three interceptions passes that he threw or passes that he picked? Did he throw the Pick-6 or did he return the interception?

And the last question: Could you provide some of these stats weekly. I know thats not your job, but I can’t seem to find some of these stats. Any stats you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Frank

August 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

GTPhenom, typical techie if you think your post was classy.

THWGT!!!!!

Bubba

August 31st, 2010
12:53 pm

I forgot what i was going to say. oh yeah 30-24 beeeeeeaaaaaatch

Paul The Vol

August 31st, 2010
12:58 pm

Alan Posey from Clarke Central, a Tennessee commitment whom Georgia didn’t offer, graded at 90% with eight pancake blocks last Friday night. He is another Georgia product we are thankful for.

ryan

August 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

UGA is loaded on the OL i still wish UGA offered Posey but were full .

Patriot Power

August 31st, 2010
1:05 pm

Would like to mention a prospect – Juwan Jones of Miller County. He had a jeck of a game against my Wilcox Patriots last Friday.

KD

August 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

Michael, got any stats on Tuitt ?

GTPhenom

August 31st, 2010
1:11 pm

G-T-Phe-Non! I’m in the house.

Frank you’re an igit.

G-T-Phe-Non! I’m in the house.