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Dooley flipping a big-time recruit

One of the biggest concerns for Rocky Top Nation when Lane Kiffin abruptly left for Southern Cal was the ability of new head coach Derek Dooley to hold together a Tennessee 2010 recruiting class that was looking to be a Top-Five group.

While Dooley hasn’t been able to hold it together completely, it should fall somewhere deep inside the Top Ten.

And, in what would be a welcome surprise for the Volunteer faithful, it’s looking like Dooley might be in the process of flipping the commitment of a player of significance.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Georgia high school wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers called Georgia’s Mark Richt Monday and informed the coach that he’s changing his commitment from UGA to Tennessee.

Rogers is the No. 9 player in the nation according to, and is behind only Kyle Prater, a USC commitment, at his position according to the same service.

Part of the reason behind Rogers’ change of heart, besides Dooley and his staff’s persistence, was quarterback Nash Nance.  Nance was originally committed to Vanderbilt, but switched that verbal commitment from the Commodores to the Volunteers.  Rogers and Nance are close friends, so that was obviously a big factor in Rogers’ apparent decision to head to Knoxville.

Still, the fact that Dooley has been able to, for the most part, hold together Kiffin’s recruits — and add at least one high-profile player — should make Volunteer fans feel a little bit better about the coaching hire than they did just a couple of weeks ago.

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  1. Da’Rick Rogers’s future with Vols up in the air | CollegeFootballTalk says: Dec 2, 2011 4:12 PM

    […] Thanks to Hunter’s injury three games into the 2011 season, Rogers ended up leading the Vols in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,040) and receiving touchdowns (nine). ¬†Rogers was a five-star member of Dooley’s first UT recruiting class in 2010, with rating the Georgia high school product as the No. 2 receiver in the country and the No. 1 player in his state. ¬†He had originally verbally committed to Georgia, but was a late flip to the Vols. […]

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