Georgia Bulldog Commits Wavering as Signing Day Looms
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and no, I don't mean Christmas. Well, maybe it is a bit like Christmas if you are a college football fan, coach, or follower. It's called National Signing Day and it's a little less than five days away.
Georgia has a commitment list that has remained stationary at 19. Of those 19, there are a few who are giving Dawg fans heartburn. Why? Well, they are doing the one thing that no fan likes to see their cherished three, four, or five star prospect do at a time like this—they're wavering.
At the moment, no one has definitively said that they will not be coming to Georgia, but you get the feeling that despite that fact, you need to be praying to the ghosts of UGA's past in order to get through that day with little or no disappointment.
So who's on the fence?
Da'Rick Rogers, WR
Da'Rick Rogers appears to be having some second thoughts about his commitment to the Dawgs. The whole saga began when his friend and high school quarterback, Nash Nance, decided to take a visit to Tennessee to see what new coach Derek Dooley had to offer.
Nance was not happy with the way the Kiffin-led Vols tried to recruit him early on because he felt that Kiffin was looking to bring him in so that he could lure Rogers. Feeling disrespected, Nance committed to Vanderbilt.
Since then, Nance has spoken with Dooley, liked what he heard, and de-committed from the Commodores in favor of the Vols. Rogers, for his part, has not stated that he won't be coming to Georgia; but the fact that Rogers has said nothing at all since their visit to Knoxville is a tad worrisome.
Nance is on record as saying that he wants to go to school with Da'Rick. The two are close friends and have been close for quite some time now. It remains to be seen if their friendship will be enough of a factor to influence Rogers to forgo his commitment with the Dawgs; but it's a definite possibility at this point.
Nickell Robey, CB
Ask just about anyone and most feel that Robey is gone. Robey was close to coach Willie Martinez and it bothers him that he won't be able to work with Martinez if he were to sign with Georgia.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitutions, Chip Towers, the athletic director at Robey's high school, had this to say regarding Robey's current soft commit to the Dawgs:
"I’m a close friend of Mark Richt from our Florida State days. But basically [Robey] liked Coach [Willie] Martinez a lot and wanted to play for him. He told them when all that happened he was not happy with the change. You have to realize, Coach Martinez was sitting in his living room one day and was gone two days later. That’s pretty tough on a kid.”
Ever since then, Robey has considered himself open to other schools and has taken visits to West Virginia and is set to visit USC this weekend. He's still listed as a soft verbal for the Dawgs, but many feel that could change at any moment. It's touch and go right now.
Deon Rogers, LB (Updated 1/31/10)
Update 1/31/10: Rogers has de-committed from the Dawgs in favor of signing with Louisville.
Said Rogers, "I was kind of upset and it felt a little weird that they fired coach Jancek because I had a relationship with him, I really liked him. I felt like the next person in place that I felt most comfortable with was Louisville. I already had a relationship with (new coach) Charlie Strong. I think I'll probably progress a lot better." As reported by Mark Weiszer of Online Athens.
Deon Rogers is looking like a lock to switch his commitment to Louisville. He was very close to the previous coaching staff and was looking forward to working with former Georgia linebackers coach John Jancek.
“I was really close to the linebacker coach that recruited me and I really liked him,” Rogers said. “I had a good relationship with him but [he's gone].”
When asked whether or not he has been "swayed" by Louisville's pitch, Rogers is quoted as saying, “I guess you can say that." He also said, “I'm going to announce soon, probably this weekend. I've been praying a lot, talking to my coaches.”
This report is according to Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com.
Georgia has already lost one prospect to the Charlie Strong regime at Louisville. B.J. Butler was let go from his scholarship commitment after he made it clear that a Strong offer would be enough for him to de-commit.