Florida’s Urban Meyer offers Georgia’s No. 1 sophomore prospect


BCS champs want Vaughters (Tucker Tigers Football)

The reigning BCS champions want James Vaughters (Tucker Tigers Football)

Florida coach Urban Meyer jumped into the sweepstakes for Georgia’s No. 1 sophomore.

Tucker LB James Vaughters made an unofficial visit to Florida, and sat down with Meyer for about 45 minutes. Florida is offer No. 8 for Vaughters, who also has scholarships promised from UGA, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Stanford, N.C. State and Central Florida.

“It was great to meet Coach Meyer,” Vaughters told the AJC on Friday. “Florida has won two national championships in the last three years. He let me see the rings and everything.”

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Vaughters claims no early favorites. His eyes got big when he was shown around the campus of the reigning BCS champions. “They definitely put a lot into weightlifting. Florida’s weight room is bigger than gyms I’ve seen. [Meyer] seems very interested in character, which is something else that is very good.”

“[Meyer] was also talking about how the team goes to church at 2 p.m. on Sundays. They also have a religious meeting before the games. That’s very important to me. If I went to Florida, I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a church home because they already have that put together.”

Vaughters also discovered that he had an unique connection with Urban Meyer. His mother was a student at the University of Cincinnati that same time Meyer and his wife were there. They didn’t know each other at the time, but they do now. Vaughters checked out Florida on Thursday and is headed to Central Florida for Saturday.

This past season, Vaughters was one of the top defenders for Tucker High School, which won Georgia’s Class AAAA championship and was overloaded with prospects. Tucker is one of the state’s top annual producers of football recruits, and had five seniors sign with major colleges last February.

Valdosta tight end Jay Rome, and Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson are some of the state’s other top prospects for 2011. The most impressive thing about Vaughters is not only is he one of the nation’s elite linebackers, he also boasts a 4.0 GPA, which makes him as “automatic” as it gets when offering a sophomore.

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Reilly Corkran

October 22nd, 2009
10:43 pm

He is my neighbor. right now he has 17 differnet schollarships. He is really good I am he little sisters(ryan vaughters) best freind. I have known the Vaughters for 10 years and I am 11. Oh, and James says HI PEOPLE! COME TO MY GAMES ON FRIDAYS AT THE TUCKER STADIUM AT 6! James is really nice and he will be on TV playing for some team (there thinking ohio state). James is so cool and sweet to me. thats ryan now. She has another brother jonothan 2. SO love james and wish him luck for the team!
P.S. GO TUCKER LIONS! (james team name!)


April 20th, 2009
10:13 pm

He’s going to Pitt. Lock of year

Gators Rule while Dawgs drool!

April 17th, 2009
3:16 am

Yep, it is HILARIOUS reading the comments of the mutts on this thread. And to think I spent 7 months in Augusta way back in 2005 while going to an army school, but the church I attended had a Gator pastor trying to sway the poor souls of the misguided Jawja folk.

It’ll be hard to sway a kid away from the dark, evil side of the farce, especially when RIcht lays it on think about how they go to church too; but in the end, hopefully he’ll want to play for a real football school that WINS championships and doesn’t whimper and whine about moving games from my hometown of Jville and hasn’t even competed for a NC in nearly THIRTY (30) YEARS!!!

Even the Zookster won 2 outta 3 times (and almost won a third time with his worse UF squads against one of Jawja’s best squads in years!)