Will UGA coach Mark Richt add to his “Dream Team”?
Tucker High linebacker James Vaughters, who is among Atlanta’s top college prospects, will announce his college decision this week between UGA, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Stanford and Ohio State. Vaughters will reveal the grand prize winner at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to his father.
Over the past few months, Richt and his staff have tried to sell Georgia’s top high school prospects on the idea of the “Dream Team” – that if the Bulldogs can sign the state’s best, then they will compete for SEC or BCS championships every year. UGA has 11 commitments for its 2011 recruiting class, with only one — QB Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C. — being from outside of the state’s borders. The homegrown products pledged to sign with the Bulldogs are led by East Hall DE Sterling Bailey and the “state’s fastest man” — Mitchell County WR Justin Scott-Wesley.
Earlier this week, Wilcox County two-sport standout Nick Marshall narrowly committed to UGA over Georgia Tech, while also considering football scholarships from Florida State and Alabama. The 6-foot- 3 Marshall will play defensive back for the Bulldogs, and also walk on the UGA’s basketball team at shooting guard. Marshall was also recruited by major colleges in basketball. (Click here for Marshall)
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Vaughters, who has a 4.o GPA, is down to five finalists after beginning with 35 scholarship offers. This past year as a junior, Vaughters was hindered with a wrist injury at the start of his junior season. He finished with 57 total tackles, including two for losses. Two years ago as a sophomore, Vaughters was one one of the top players on Tucker’s state championship squad.
What’s in Georgia Tech’s favor? Vaughters likes the academic reputation of the ACC school, along with its proximity to home. He also developed a good relationship with new defensive coordinator Al Groh.
What’s in Georgia’s favor? Vaughters has made frequent trips to Athens to chat with coaches about athletics and academics. The Bulldogs already have a commitment from his Tucker teammate, safety Chris Sanders.