Commentary

Rogers could contribute early at UGA

Originally Published: June 9, 2009
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.

Under Armour All-American wide receiver prospect Da'Rick Rogers' decision to attend the University of Georgia represents a significant in-state pick up for coach Mark Richt and the Bulldogs.

Rogers (Calhoun, Ga.) is a unique prospect. He possess a rare combination of top-end speed and physical stature (at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds ) . It's easy to find small guys who run well or big, physical guys who don't. Rogers has both qualities.

Rogers can stretch the field vertically and is unbelievably difficult to bring down in the open field. He has some of the same characteristics that Alabama's Julio Jones shows; he's the type of player who will outmuscle defenders for the ball.

This gifted wideout has the physical capabilities to contribute and play as a true freshman. Still, with any true freshman you have to see how they adapt and handle the mental side of the game.

With Mohamed Massaquoi having departed for the NFL, Georgia has done a great job filling a need at the WR position. In the 2009 class, the Bulldogs lured Memphis prospect Marlon Brown to Athens. In Rogers, they have added a similar type of player. Georgia fans have become accustomed to seeing physically, freakish wideouts wearing red and white. With AJ Green, Brown and Rogers in the program, that won't change any time soon.

Of course, the fact that Georgia was able to beat out a host of other SEC schools, including rival Florida, for Rogers is an added bonus. This commit provides further evidence that Mark Richt is among the best recruiters in the business.

Tom Luginbill is the National Recruiting Director for ESPN's Scouts Inc.