You can look at Rogers walking out of the locker room for pre-game and know that he is a special athlete. He has the look, the attitude, the confidence, and the personality of a star.
Da' Rick Rogers is a 6-foot-3, 208 pound athlete out of Calhoun (GA) that has been timed under 4.5 second in the 40 yard dash multiple times, he has leaped over 40 inches in the vertical test for a couple of years, and he is just a freakish athlete.
Some have compared him to Calvin Johnson, but he is more like a Terrell Owens type in my eyes. He does not have quite the consistency of a Calvin Johnson, but he has the frame, the athleticism, and the skills that mirror T.O. Rogers even dunked a football over the goalpost in Atlanta at the Scout Combine in April like Owens has done before.
He is just a freak.
Right now Rogers sits three spots away from a fifth star by his name on Scout.com at no. 53. The University of Georgia commitment has let it be known that he wants that fifth star by his name when he inks with Georgia. Did he inch closer to it Friday night?
The first play of the game he lined up at quarterback in the ‘Wild Jacket' package. He ran a quarterback sweep to the right and was stopped for no gain.
He got off to a slow start. Quarterback Nash Nance looked towards Rogers a couple of times early but they used him more as a decoy than a primary target in this game.
Rogers finished with five receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown unofficially. He was thrown to four more times and one was a drop on a quick slant that could have gone for big yards.
Three of his catches had the fans on the edge of their seats because of his playmaking skills. On a little out route, he made the catch, pivoted his foot to spin back inside and the corner just got enough of his ankles to take him down or he would have gone 40 plus yards for a touchdown.
On a slip screen he gave a stiff arm to a linebacker and streaked down the sideline before hurdling a defender for a 20 plus yard gain. The next play he went one on one versus a Cartersville corner and caught an underthrown jump ball for a touchdown.
He showed great fluidity in this game for a guy his size. He is explosive, he is tough to tackle, and he is capable of making plays lined up anywhere on the field.
The drop he had was a lack of concentration and he needs to improve on that. He also needs to run his routes full speed even when he is not the primary target on that play.
The Calhoun native definitely showed he should be under strong consideration for that fifth star Friday night. He played about two and a half quarters and was double-teamed about half the time he was in the game. Cartersville would not place the ball close to him on special teams and they did a nice job forcing Hal Lamb's team to look at their other offensive options.
Rogers is too much of an impact player to look away from though. Double-teaming him is not enough. He is a special athlete with special ability and he is one guy you have to force the ball to on this level. A big play is waiting to happen when he touches the football. He disappeared at times in this game and a player of his magnitude should always be a part of the action in some way.
The future Bulldog is definitely one of the premier athletes in the country this year. He has all of the physical tools to be playing on Sundays down the road, but he has to fine tune his game and make sure he stays locked in mentally.
Georgia is getting a big-time playmaker in Rogers. He has the size, speed, athleticism, and confidence it takes to make a big impact as a freshman.
Updated rankings are right around the corner and Rogers will be one considered to make a move into the national top 50 on Scout.com.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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