Georgia’s Sophomores Gone Wild

 

Tucker sophomore James Vaughters

Tucker sophomore James Vaughters

Why waste any time talking about the state’s top juniors? That group, those 15 and 16-year olds, they are old news. The sophomores are stealing the spotlight. And that’s correct for all of you keeping score at home: These kids will graduate in 2011. They won’t take the field in college (best-case scenario) for three more years. Maybe the economy will be back by then.

Tucker’s James Vaughters is the latest member of the 2011 club, joining others such as Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson (Tennessee offer) and Valdosta tight end Jay Rome (UGA, Alabama). Vaughters is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, sports a 4.0 GPA, and boasts extra early offers from N.C. State and Central Florida.

 

Since when did Central Florida start offering 2011 kids in Georgia? That’s a good question. I had to ask that to Tucker coach Franklin Stephens. “As you know, [Tucker senior] Jonathan Davis signed with Central Florida. The Central Florida assistant is David Kelley, who used to coach at Dunwoody. He knows all about the quality of football in DeKalb County, and Vaughters just jumped off the film to him.” 

There are two common threads with the three super sophs: All play for very successful high school programs and, perhaps more importantly, all three are on teams which had a ton of college scouts looking at film over the last few months. In other words, there were many opportunities for these 2011 clubbies to be noticed. And noticed they were.

Tucker had five seniors sign Div. I scholarships, including defensive tackle Deion Roberson (N.C. State, another Vaughters offer), while Valdosta had offensive lineman Antonio Foster (Georgia Tech) and linebacker Mike Gilliard (UGA). Gainesville has a pair of juniors, wide receiver Tai-Ler Jones and quarterback Blake Sims, with around 40 offers between them.

Surely more sophomores will be offered in the next few months, if not already. Which players are your nominations for the state’s top prospects for 2011?

23 comments Add your comment

78 DAWG

February 24th, 2009
11:50 am

The ones that sign with the DAWGS are the best ones. The others are losers.

Dutch

February 24th, 2009
11:09 am

I would guess that Paul Johnson will start to hurt Richt’s “dominance” of the State of Georgia. More importantly, however, is that Nick Saban is moving into Georgia faster than General Sherman. Alabama is a legitimate threat, especially since it will take at least four years to erase the butt-beating they humiliated us with on the largest viewed television audience in Atlanta history. Richt should really consider NEVER talking about what uniforms we’re going to wear EVER AGAIN. The talk of the “red out” for the Florida game turned out about as well as the “black out” for Bama. The other team worries about kicking our tails and we’re worried about how we look in our jerseys. Pathetic. Richt better get focused on recruiting and wining and nothing else. Just my opinion.

GA Tech Insider

February 24th, 2009
10:40 am

griffdawg1, I would agree with you on your assessment of escalating these offers. I realize tracking these kids is important, but this is getting ridiculous. The next thing they’ll want is for an early signing period for incoming players for the coming season, and then to move that early signing period up to cover the rising Juniors as well.

Between than and the time these kids get ready to head off to School, several of the programs may have changed Head Coaches, styles of Offense or Defense, signed other players that would impact their playing time, etc. It’s getting crazy.

Pi$$onaDAWG

February 24th, 2009
9:31 am

There is a 3 yr old in my childs daycare class that can catch a football aready. So, should I tell his parents to start sending tape to colleges?

SEC fan

February 24th, 2009
9:25 am

Michael,
Again, what is the status of Orson Charles? Is USC in the picture for real now? Tks.

griffdawg1

February 24th, 2009
8:19 am

Oh and you forgot to mention that the real reason UCF is trying to move into Ga. is because of George O’Lie…rie!!

griffdawg1

February 24th, 2009
8:06 am

No response Carvell???? Hmmm…interesting !!! Oh and for you mr. cantrell, you are either this guys long lost stepdad or you are working as his secret agent!! Just shut up you fool!!!

griffdawg1

February 24th, 2009
7:40 am

IT IS ARTICLES LIKE THIS THAT IS ESCALATING THIS DISTURBING TREND. We should not give these kids any press at all. Wher do you think all this sense of entitlement is coming from? Stop covering these stories. I also think we will see a trend of school’s pulling their offers when someone better developes in their senior season. It all so sad!!

edward cantrell

February 24th, 2009
5:10 am

guess u cant upload pics on here but oh well i tried

edward cantrell

February 24th, 2009
5:07 am

i would have to say aj johnson. i mean he’s only a sophmore and he’s already like 6′2 220 4.65 forty time. the only thing i hear he needs to work on is he seems to be a little stiff in the hips(comparison: jarvis jones) which he has plenty of time to work on and improve and make a strength since he’s only a sophmore. imagine wat he’d be when he’s a senior! speed and strength will be improved and he’s still growing! wouldnt doubt if he is 6′4 235 by the time his senior year comes around. this past year he had 160 tackles and was named a second team all-american by maxpreps. i know his brother but i dont really know him since he’s like 3 or 4 years younger. but i think my case has been made here. lol. oh and here’s a pic