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 12th, 2009
2:42 pm

Urban Meyer isnt even a christian he is a Catholic. Mr. Vaughters it would really be nice to see you sign with the university of Georgia like all the other greats from Tucker High who have been bulldogs in the past. Unlike Florida, Georgia really needs you at linebacker and probably other positions you would get more playing time at Georgia because we will have alot of linebakers leaving soon and goin to the NFL. Florida just wants you to steal recruits from our state like they try every year.


April 12th, 2009
12:57 pm

Its interesting to read everyones comments regarding their favorite schools, you guys are great. James continues to do a wonderful job in school and is maintaining his humble demeanor. His parents continue to give James an opportunity to see the options available and not rush into a program that does not offer the best mix of athletics and academics. It would be wonderful if society focused more energy on scholarship and less on sports. James continue to be an inspiration to your cousins and friends. Good luck on your Junior year.


April 12th, 2009
12:40 pm

Nobody in the South can compete with Bama’s tradition. Possibly Notre Dame nationally. You place Nick Saban leading that storied program and it’s the best one-two punch in recruiting. Herbstreit mentioned Georgia had 30k for the Black-Day event. Look for Bama fans to show why they are the most passionate in college football. When ESPN shows up this Saturday, expect 85,000 loyal Tide supporters. When Saban realized Bama’s A-Day event fell on Easter weekend, he quickly changed dates so it wouldn’t inconvienence folks celebrationg Easter.


April 11th, 2009
10:15 pm

Mike, didn’t Urban Meyer offer YOU a scholarship?



April 11th, 2009
9:19 pm

Kid is too classy to ruin his life and canceling any chance with the opposite sex by enrolling at the nerd herd.

He wants to play in a football league-the SEC. LSU/GT Vandy/Bc. Need I keep going ?


April 11th, 2009
6:07 pm

Lil Q, the combine numbers that you see were taken when this kid was in the ninth grade.(more than a year ago)
The 6′2″ 220 is legit.

Lil Q

April 11th, 2009
3:26 pm

I feel ya to justcallmechamp. He’s NOT 6′2 220 by the way. His combine numbers, which means they actually measured him, list him at 6ft 200lbs. That’s still good for a high school kid in the 10th grade.

Urban Liar

April 11th, 2009
2:51 pm

Yes, I did tell him I would make him a starter this year (2009) if he would just come on down. Would I lie?


April 11th, 2009
2:43 pm

They are only promising this kid, they will offer him. They can not give a written offer until junior year.


April 11th, 2009
2:37 pm

Defender Dawg. Not everyone believes in fairy tales like Mark Richt. In fact, it turns as many off as it does on. And also, don’t believe everything you see. He puts on a show for the mindless bunch that follow him. Such as yourself!