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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Lord of the Lizards

April 15th, 2009
3:57 am

Based on the post I am reading here from RVaughters and Dr. Lisa this kid seems as impressive as a person as that video I just watched of him. This young man has Florida Gator written all over him! The Lizard never sleeps!!!

Dr. Lisa

April 14th, 2009
9:12 pm

James, I am so proud of you. I’ve watched you grow over the years and your commitment not only to sports but most importantly to your academics is highly commendable. Keep up the good work, stay focused, don’t get caught up in the hype, and please, please don’t listen to these idiots who think they know you. Be true to yourself. You have a great family, a solid foundation, a strong work ethic, and therefore it doesn’t matter where you go to school – you will be a success.


April 13th, 2009
10:40 pm

Oh, I forgot to give credit to Urban Meyers wife Shelly. Ive seen the interaction, she is like a mother to a lot of those players and there is very much a family atmosphere. If you ever get the chance, read a little bit on Chris Rainey and his life. I think that both Meyer and Richt are good men who have the best interest of their players at heart. So for many recruits it comes down to academics and support, athletic program and training, facilities, location, relationships and comfort level, fan support and fervor and campus life. Florida offers ALL of that and more!

Cliff Levingston

April 13th, 2009
10:45 am

Urban Meyer is interested in character????

That deserves a wow.

Nine indictments in the last four years. How about the player who used a dead person’s credit card or the player who fantasized about killing his girlfriend and then somebody else or the burglary rings or the other six indictments.


April 12th, 2009
11:10 pm

Southy …Catholics are Christians too. Just because we don’t get baptized in a lake doesn’t mean we’re not Christian. Man, I am laughing out loud at you poor Dawg fans. Good to see the black jerseys again at G-day. Very effective last year. How many years do we have to pound you before you finally get it? Fear the Lizard!!!


April 12th, 2009
10:25 pm

Buzzing- you are bragging because you’re team has a ring for winning a regular season game? Wow. Never been there before, huh?


April 12th, 2009
10:14 pm

DawginLEX you forgot UGA-GT.


April 12th, 2009
9:55 pm

Sucked having G-day on (a) Easter weekend and (b) the Masters. Just a bad weekend to have G-day. I mean, if you had an opportunity to go to any college spring game, or the Masters, well, I’d be surprised if you went to the spring game.


April 12th, 2009
9:26 pm

Hey Jon– Tell us how many of those 7 national chamionship seasons Bama lost it’s bowl game in…and then compare that to how many they were Co-national champions for. And also, how many of those 85,000 “loyal” Tide supporters went to the Sugarbowl last year? Pathetic. I used to respect Bama’s program till I actually checked all these facts.

As far as Meyer goes – He has the highest graduation rate in the SEC and has won uncontested NC’s 2 of the past 3 years. Looks to me like he’s taking boys and making them into men… doesn’t matter what team you cheer for..gotta respect that even if we don’t like it.

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