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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April 11th, 2009
12:15 am

Larry, LMAO! that’s funny.

Urban is feeding this kid with lies.

I met James Vaughters last year at the Ga/Tenn game. He’s good kid. I hope he picks the Dawgs!

I’m going to the G-Day!

PTC Jacket

April 10th, 2009
11:45 pm

Hm…4.0 GPA? I knew there had to be something else about this kid that got Tech’s attention real quick. Don’t get me wrong, he appears as a really good athlete. I just hope that he doesn’t get pressured too much this early on in recruiting. Best of luck.

Chuck Uga

April 10th, 2009
11:39 pm

Meyer is intersted in character?! Maybe he needs to work on his wn character considering how he has routinely pulled scholarships.

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April 10th, 2009
10:53 pm

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Meyer Rules

April 10th, 2009
9:49 pm

2 out of 3 years: national championships. Mark it down—UF’s loaded more than ever–another title is coming in 2009!!! Dawgs—that will make it 3 out of 4 years at the top. But, your fans can always listed to Buck Belue on the radio talk about your last title in 1980, 30 years ago!! Enjoy.


April 10th, 2009
9:43 pm

Hey Larry MR.MEYER 2 any dog fan the gators own the dogs,all i got to say is 49-10.How long has it been 1980-81.


April 10th, 2009
8:43 pm

“Meyer is very interested in character?” I just spit my drink all over my computer! Isn’t that like saying Bill Clinton is very interested in monogamy?

What do we have now at last count for Florida wide receivers–two dopers in the past week?



April 10th, 2009
7:10 pm

Hey Champ, at least football isn’t as bad as basketball. UK offered an 8th grader a scholarship last year. 8TH GRADE! No wonder these ‘kids’ have egos and some don’t worry as much about academics.


April 10th, 2009
7:07 pm

Holy Tamole! I just watched his video and I haven’t seen anything like that since Jevon Kearse was a senior!!! That kid’s a FREAK!!! He’ll be ready for the frakin’ NFL by the time HE”S a senior!


April 10th, 2009
6:59 pm

Man I just don’t know about recruiting and offering kids when they are sophomores! How can a kid make a committment for 3 years away? I don’t blame the schools for doing it if it’s not illegal but it just seems it should be against the rules. The NCAA needs some new rules…By the way 6′2″ 220…what do they feed those kids up there???