March 18, 2009

Rogers thrilled with offer

One of the most athletic receivers in the southeast, Calhoun's Da'Rick Rogers has the ability to dominate a game at any time.

Rogers can be virtually unstoppable when he uses his size (6-foot-3), and speed (sub 4.5 forty) to his advantage. He played in a 7on7 tournament this past weekend in Tampa, and he put on a show.

"I actually think I performed pretty well," said Rogers. "I made a lot of good catches. We were in the championship game, so we had a pretty good run in the tournament as well."

Apparently, Georgia coaches have been duly impressed.

Earlier in the week, the big receiver said he thought the Bulldogs were close to offering. He was right.

"Actually Coach (Tony) Ball offered me just yesterday," Rogers exclaimed. "It feels pretty good; they let me know they want me pretty bad. They told me all about the school and how excited they are to have me visit this weekend."

While Rogers is arguably the best physical specimen in the state of Georgia, he suited up for a different team in the Tampa event.

"Me and my teammate, quarterback Nash Nance, played for team Alabama. Team Georgia already had two great quarterbacks in Blake Sims and C.J. Uzomah, and two great wide receivers in Tai-ler Jones andMarkeith Ambles," said Rogers to UGASports Wednesday afternoon.

Rogers lead his team to an undefeated record until losing to a loaded Palm Beach squad. He went up against the best defensive backs that Florida and Georgia had to offer, and he showed why his ceiling is as high as any player in the country.

"It was a real confidence booster and made me feel good. I got to see what it was like to go up against some of the best corners in the nation, so to do well really helps me," said Rogers.

This weekend, Rogers will be heading down the road to Athens for their second Junior Day. The talented wideout attended the spring game last year, but now is looking forward to being recruited on this trip.

"I am just going to take more time to look at the campus and get a good feel for the coaches," Rogers said.

Now that Rogers got an offer he had been hoping for, where does that leave the Bulldogs and his recruitment status?

"I am really not trying to commit yet, but they are definitely in the top three," admitted Rogers.

The four star athlete has hit it off with the coaching staff in Athens, and he says they treat him like a member of the family.

"I really like the coaches a lot, they seem real down to earth and real genuine with me," the Calhoun star said.

The Georgia Bulldogs have a lot going for them according to Rogers. The Rivals100 target says there are some advantages to having an offer from a local school.

"Mainly the tradition, Georgia has always been a winning school," he said. "They are a big in state program, so that is always good. And being close to home is big for me."

Growing up, Rogers had two schools he followed the most.

"Georgia and Florida State are two teams I grew up following," Rogers said.

He is in no hurry to commit, but Calhoun's top playmaker does not think the process will last till next year.

"I plan on making a decision right before the season starts or when the playoffs start," Rogers said.

The physical specimen will be looking for the perfect fit, and the schools involved will have to hit on all cylinders to reel in the Peach state star.

"Everything has to click with me. I have to get along with the coaches pretty well, the program has to be headed in the right direction," he said. "How I fit in will be the main thing in the end."

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