Rogers' Fate Up in the Air

CALHOUN – Nash Nace's decision to commit to Tennessee has many wondering about the fate of Da' Rick Rogers – and with good reason.

Last weekend Rogers and Nance visited Knoxville for the first time. Last night Nance may or many not have had his scholarship offer (depending on who you believe) pulled from Vanderbilt. Either way, Nance committed to the Vols this afternoon.

That leaves all sorts of questions remaining to be answered about Rogers. His head coach, Hal Lamb, said he would meet with Rogers tomorrow to talk with him about recruiting.

"Da' Rick likes to keep things to himself, but we are going to talk tomorrow," Lamb said following Nance's decision to go to Tennessee. "We are going to go over the pros and cons of the places he is looking at."

Lamb admitted that he was "in the dark" about Nance picking the Vols, and said that no Tennessee coach has visited the Calhoun school so far. Lamb said recruiting interest from Tennessee picked up tremendously for the duo after Georgia took a verbal commitment from Hutson Mason.

"Things got a little crazy in December," Lamb admitted. "When Orgeron and Kiffin came in and offered Nash it got crazy."

Then Kiffin left Knoxville in the middle of recruiting season, and Lamb thought the entire saga was over, but he was wrong.

"When Kiffin left I thought it would die down," Lamb said. "But they next thing I know (Jim) Chaney is back over at the Nance's house, and it goes from there."

Lamb says he's upset that both players committed to Vanderbilt and Georgia early. He said that he would have preferred the duo wait to commit – to see all of the options they have instead of rushing at the end.

"It used to be that you committed… and that was it," Lamb said. "I guess the early commitments are difficult. You are forced to recruit kids in 10th grade. I think these two should not have committed. Then they could have taken their five visits, and I think it would have been a lot clearer for everyone involved."

What remains unclear is what Rogers will now do in terms of his college choice. Lamb said Rogers, Nance and two other Calhoun players will sign their letters of intent on Signing Day at 9:45 AM.

Lamb said that it is clear to him that Georgia is the program who has recruited Rogers the most thoroughly and the hardest the entire time.

"The Georgia coaches have spent countless hours checking on grades and recruiting him – no other school has done that. Georgia is the only school that has done their homework," Lamb said.

To add to that, Lamb said that Rogers' mother would prefer he sign with the Bulldogs next Wednesday.

"His mother wants him to go to Georgia – no doubt about that," Lamb said. "She thinks it is the best place for him."


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