With UGA playing Tennessee, it has brought back memories of the intense recruiting battle between the two SEC schools for Da’Rick Rogers, a longtime UGA commitment who flipped to the Vols just before signing day in 2010.
Rogers is on the brink of stardom at Tennessee, if he is not there already. He is Tennessee’s No. 1 offensive weapon, leading the Volunteers in receptions and receiving yards.
Flashback to 2010: Rogers was an AJC Super 11 selection and the state’s No. 1 overall prospect. The Calhoun High School wide receiver had been committed to the Bulldogs for seven months, while Nance was pledged to Vanderbilt, when they both were lured to Tennessee at the last minute.
It was a devastating blow for UGA. Can you imagine UGA with Rogers and AJ Green together last year? Or Rogers and the emerging Malcolm Mitchell this year?
Back in 2010, UGA passed over Nance (among other QB prospects) to make a late offer to Lassiter High School quarterback Hutson Mason, who surely looks like he ought to be starting for a team somewhere in college football based his limited appearances behind Aaron Murray. You could make a case that Mason might be the best backup QB in the SEC, along with LSU’s Jordan Jefferson and South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia. He’s a great insurance policy if Murray is injured.
If UGA had offered Nance, they would’ve almost surely secured Rogers but also risked losing Mason — even though there is the possibility that UGA could’ve signed both QBs.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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