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

Chuck Uga

March 3rd, 2009
11:52 pm

Any kid atthat age that commits to a school is a fool. Immature fool would be the correct description.

[...] Re: 2011 Alabama Commitments and Prospects List (Updated 2/28) TE Jay Rome from Valdosta, GA. reportedly has an Alabama offer. Georgia

elmo lewis

February 25th, 2009
9:49 am

Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall will be highly recruited in both football and basketball.


February 25th, 2009
9:24 am

Have you not heard of Isaiah Crowell soph running back for carver-columbus. he already has offers from Lsu, Fla, and others. He is the #1 rated soph running back in country.

Michael Carvell

February 25th, 2009
2:35 am

The one thing that speaks to me, no SCREAMS at me, is that “4.0 GPA.” I never thought I would say this … but if you’re a kid (yikes, even a freshman) who is one of the best players (five teammates signed D1 on Feb. 4) on one of the best teams (Tucker won the Class AAAA championship) in one of the USA’s best states for high school football … and he has a 4.0, that’s pretty much an automatic scholarship offer.

GEORGIA TECH and Stanford offered on Tuesday …. Who will be next? Alabama? Clemson?

edward cantrell

February 24th, 2009
9:34 pm

griffdawg wat i wrote had nothing to do with you and i can write watever i want. you are totally irrelevant! i was responding to the story so if u dont like it oh well. and im neither his long lost stepdad or his agent. how the hell can he have an agent at 16? get a life u dork!


February 24th, 2009
7:04 pm

Coaches offering sophs might not even be at the school in 3 years, especially assistant coaches. CRAZY

Michael Carvell

February 24th, 2009
12:21 pm

GA Tech Insider: I agree with a lot of things you’re saying. Something doesn’t feel right about kids getting offered earlier and earlier. As we all know, these 2011 kids are no trendsetters. Chris Leak was offered by Wake Forest in the eighth grade. Click on the below link to read about a 12-year old QB (2015 prospect) who is already being “monitored” by colleges …


February 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

GA TECH Insider, all this is true which is why in cases of changing coaching staffs, NCAA is leaning more towards allowing kids out of their signed LOI. I don’t disagree with an early signing period for kids graduating early as for Juniors, I don’t see the point!

LSU fan

February 24th, 2009
11:56 am

Dutch, You know what opinions are like. You Techies are still afraid to identify yourselves on the blogs. You beat UGA last year so some of you actually state your allegiance to GT. Others of you still hide after the 3-38 humiliation you provided the country with in the Chicken Bowl. Bama didn’t do any better in their bowl game either. If you think UGA and Richt are pathetic, don’t watch. I am sure they will all get over losing your attention some day. Saban can recruit anywhere he wants, TIgers gonna kick his tail this year and for the next several years.