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.

53 comments Add your comment


April 11th, 2009
12:36 pm

Wow! Just Wow! Kid’s ridiculously talented.


April 11th, 2009
12:24 pm

The kid has got a 4.0 GPA. He’s too smart to anywhere other than GT.

Welcome aboard James!!!


April 11th, 2009
11:36 am

Ask Tim Tebow, who is one of the greatest college players in history and could go down as THE best, about Meyer. Do you think THAT guy might have a little character to him??? Ask Brandon Spikes, who bypassed millions of $$$ to come back to play for Meyer his senior season. Ask the parents of the Pouncey twins about Meyer. Ask Dallas Baker, who was a total screw-up both athletically and academically when Meyer got there…and now has a degree and is playing in the NFL. Ask Chris Leak, one of the finest most upstanding individuals you will meet, about Meyer. Ask Jarvis Moss, who was saddled for two years with a hidden medical issue that almost made him quit football until Meyer got to Florida and insisted that the doctors look into it. Found the problem and he became a star at DE (you know what that is, don’t you Georgia?), a national champion and a first round NFL pick! In another words, for every one BAD example, I can give you 10 GOOD ones!!!…And by the way, get the REAL facts about SAT and graduation rates…not from these UGA/Gator haters with an agenda!


April 11th, 2009
11:30 am

Meyer is such a D-bag.


April 11th, 2009
11:24 am

Mitch, lay off the booze! You obviously can’t afford to lose anymore brain cells…


April 11th, 2009
10:58 am

Nicely put Mitch.

Lots of jealousy of UF & Meyer on these blogs, but I agree its strange to be talking about SOPHOMORES. I guess this kid is just that good.

Meyer is a great teacher / leader / person. So is Richt.

Remember dog fans… accusations of class / integrity / etc., is the talk of losers. But keep yammering – it makes my yearly trip to Jacksonville that much better. Go Gators.


April 11th, 2009
10:14 am

Mike, better check your facts!


April 11th, 2009
9:59 am

I hear there is an eighth grader in Dacula who can throw a football threw a tire swing at fifty yards. Better offer him a scholarship before the Urban Legend finds out.

Mitch Cumstein

April 11th, 2009
9:49 am

Notice how the bugs are insanely jealous of the recruiting process. “It’s not right to offer at such a young age”, which is translated to, “we’ll never get him, so I hope nobody else does either”.

Regarding the negative comments concerning CUM, he is an upstanding person and obviously a great coach. Please don’t attack the man personally for situations that are out of his control. Not a damned one of you out there knows what really goes on in the recruiting process and is then spun and broadcast for all to misinterpret. The fact is I’m jealous of the success of UF, but I’m thrilled with Richt and his upstanding character. I beleive that he’d probably frown on negative comments concerning his freind, yes friend Coach Urban Meyer,


April 11th, 2009
9:31 am

Absurd for all these programs to offer this kid. Let him enjoy his high school football.