Posted: 10:21 am Thursday, January 21st, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Treasure Coast outside linebacker Deon Rogers was angry when Georgia fired assistant John Jancek, the man who recruited Rogers, but the Bulldogs’ staff is working to soothe those feelings.
Rogers (6-3, 205, 4.48, No. 12 on The Big Board) committed to Georgia last summer, but continued to pull in offers from many schools.
“I’m still committed to Georgia,” Rogers said. “I’m keeping my options open, but I’m still committed. With what happened with the coaches, it messed everything around.
“I was a little disappointed because (Jancek) recruited me and I had a relationship with him. I was ready for him to coach me at Georgia. I was disappointed and shocked, but they have a new linebackers coach now and I’m trying to build a relationship with him.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt, a former Boca Raton quarterback, hired Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Tood Grantham as his new defensive coordinator this month. Grantham said he also will serve as the team’s linebackers coach.
Rogers visited Georgia and Ohio State during the season. He went to Louisville last weekend and Cincinnati the week before. He tentatively scheduled a visit to Mississippi State for the last weekend of the month, but said he is not sure if he actually will go.
At this point, Rogers still thinks he will end up at Georgia but is strongly considering bids from Louisville and Ohio State.
All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent. The first day seniors can sign is Feb. 3, national signing day.
Rogers had 58 tackles, including 12 for negative yardage, as a senior with the Titans. He teamed with FSU commit Jeff Luc and middle linebacker Ed Foley to form the area’s top linebacker corps. All three players were named all-area.