CALHOUN - Now that Calhoun receiver Da'Rick Rogers has verbally committed to the University of Georgia, he can't wait to tell the rest of the world.
"I plan to get on Facebook, get on MySpace, dial a couple numbers and let them know Georgia is the place to be," Rogers said. "I am very excited about wearing the red and black. I am thinking about asking them to bring #21 out of retirement, but we will see how that goes."
Rogers might want to hold onto that thought.
No. 21 belongs to the legendary Frank Sinkwich, one of four retired numbers by the Georgia program, a group that also Herschel Walker (34), Charley Trippy (62) and Theron Sapp (40).
Rogers said he planned on calling Florida coach Urban Meyer and Dan Mullin at Mississippi State to give them the news.
"It's going to be tough calling Coach Meyer and Coach Mullin and telling them I am off the market," Rogers said. "(Meyer) tried really hard to get me to visit Florida, but Georgia just took me by storm.
My second choice would have been the University of Florida. Not to knock Florida, it is a great school, but the way they approached me just did not match up with Georgia."
Rogers said the relationships he formed with Georgia coach Mark Richt, along with others on the Bulldog staff, was the reason he decided to become a Bulldog.
"I chose Georgia mainly because of relationships. You cannot go wrong with any college, especially the SEC. But Coach (Tony) Ball, Coach Richt, Coach (Stacy) Searels, they are a bunch of great guys who welcomed me in, and they got to know me deeply both as a football player and as a person," he said. "It was extremely difficult making this decision. All the SEC teams have great coaches, great teams, lot of speed; it just came down to me making the precise decision for me."
Georgia's fifth verbal commitment for the Class of 2010 made the announcement at his school, along with quarterback and best friend Nance Nash, who will be attending Vanderbilt.
At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Rogers has been timed under 4.4 in the forty-yard dash, and last year had 66 catches for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is rated as the fourth-best receiver in the country, and 22nd overall.
"I am excited about the chance to play against Nash in the SEC," Rogers said. "I already told him when I score my first touchdown I am going to run to his sideline and let him know I am coming for him."
He's also looking forward to lining up with future teammates A.J. Green, Marlon Brown, Kris Durham and Orson Charles.
"I think it is going to be a great combination. I would like to contribute as a true freshman, and they say if I keep working hard I have a great chance to do that," Rogers said. "Watching A.J. Green in practice, and how smooth he is running routes, I realized I have a lot of work to do on my route running. My strength, size, and speed are alright, I just need to clean up my routes."
Rogers said he still plans on taking his five official visits during the fall but tells Georgia fans not to worry: There's no way he's going to be tempted to go somewhere else.
"I plan to take my official visits and go see some games, but I am locked into Georgia and I am a man of my word," Rogers said. "I have some good friends in Athens, it is a great city and I know they have a great team. Georgia has been No. 1 for awhile now."
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