When it comes to pure athleticism in Georgia for 2010, there are few, if any, who can match up to Calhoun receiver Da'Rick Rogers.
At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Rogers tests off the charts with sub 4.4 speed and a 41-inch vertical jump. As a receiver, Rogers causes problems for slower linebackers, and is a nightmare for defensive backs because of his size.
"My size, especially the speed I have with my size gives me a big advantage over smaller cornerbacks," Da'Rick explained. "I have the playmaking ability to take a five yard catch and turn it into a big play. That is what my presence on the field adds to the offense."
The first Rival100 rankings went out this week, and Rogers was excited to see his name on the list. He intends to stay on it, but does not plan on staying put.
"It feels good to be rated amongst some really good players. I feel I am on the way up, which is where I want to be right now," Rogers told UGASports Thursday night.
This past weekend, the Calhoun receiver took part in a 7on7 practice for Team Alabama. The team boasts some of the best that the Yellowhammer state has to offer. Rogers feels they can compete with any team next weekend.
"The 7on7 team is cool, and I feel we had a really good practice last weekend," Rogers said. "We have a lot of great athletes on our team so I think we have a chance to do well down in Tampa, maybe win the whole thing."
While he will not be representing his home state, Rogers is looking forward to stepping on the field with some of Georgia's best.
"They have a good team too in Team Georgia. I know they have Markeith Ambles and Ryan Ayers, so we are looking forward to a good competition with them," said the Calhoun native.
Rogers has offers from five schools, including SEC powers LSU and Alabama. The junior Yellow Jacket led his squad to a state championship appearance last year, catching 66 passes for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. Another school seems to have taken notice in Rogers, may be close to adding their name to the list.
"I think UGA will be my next offer, I think they are pretty close to offering," admitted Rogers.
The physical specimen is looking forward to having Athens as a possible college destination.
"I think Georgia is a pretty good place, it is an instate school. They are big on tradition, and they always win. It would be a good offer to have," Rogers said.
Rogers has been to the Classic City before, but he was not able to get a good feel for the campus.
"I went there last year for the G-day, but I wasn't a recruit at the time. I did not really see much of the school, so I plan on visiting Athens on junior day this month," said Rogers.
The freakish Rogers may get the offer this month from the Bulldogs, and he feels they would be sitting well with him if they did. According to Rogers, there are some advantages to having Georgia as an option.
"An offer from UGA instantly keeps them in my top five," he said. "Just being who they are, and being the in state school that is close to home also appeals to me."
The new receivers coach, Tony Ball, has struck a chord with the Rivals100 athlete. Their relationship has grown stronger over the last few months, as they have been in contact often since Ball switched over from running backs to wideouts.
"I talk to Coach Ball a lot. We have gotten pretty close lately; pretty much we are just trying to get a good connection," he said. "We have gotten to get to know each other as a person and not just football."
He has more kind words about his possible future position coach.
"Coach Ball is a really good guy. He seems sincere in trying to get to know me and he has got a lot of really good advice," said the four star target.
The Georgia receivers coach is already coaching a former Calhoun star in Kris Durham, and Rogers tries to learn as much as he can when Durham is available.
When he comes into town, I try to get some advice," Rogers said. "He is helping me with technique, and advice on facing college corner backs and about college life."
The big target had two schools he followed in the past, and neither have offered Rogers yet.
"Florida State and UGA were my favorites growing up," Rogers said.
It has only been a month since seniors were able to sign their letter of intent, so Rogers admits there is a long way to go before his decision is made. But he has already created a list of criteria to look for.
"I plan on committing around the end of the football season, or after the playoffs," he said. "I am looking for tradition, the campus itself, the education, the way I get along with the coaches and players, and the way I fit in with their program."
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