AJC Super 11 candidate: Tucker LB James Vaughters

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released next month before the kickoff of the 2010 season.

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The AJC Super 11 candidate: Tucker LB James Vaughters

The skinny: The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder is one of the top student-athletes to ever come through the state. James has a 4.0 GPA, and is a candidate at linebacker for high school All-America honors. As a sophomore in 2008, Vaughters was a two-way starter at Tucker, which won the Class AAAA state championship and had five seniors sign with major colleges. He posted 38 tackles, 8 tackles for losses, 6 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries. As a junior last year, Vaughters broke his right wrist before the season, missing three games. He toughed it out to play 9 games, finishing with 57 total tackles, 2 tackles for losses, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery.

Colleges: Vaughters pulled a minor surprise when he bypassed UGA and Georgia Tech to commit to Stanford. He was also considering Alabama and Ohio State among his 35 scholarship offers.

They said it: “I honestly believe we can do something at Stanford that has never been done and that is win a championship.” — James Vaughters, after committing to Stanford last month.

The lowdown: If Vaughters hadn’t been hindered by a wrist injury last season, then he would be a viewed by many as “lock” for the AJC’s Super 11. The wrist injury certainly didn’t cause college coaches to blink, as he remained one of the state’s most heavily recruited prospects until his Stanford commitment. However, the AJC’s Super 11 is based on the state’s top 11 football players, not top 11 college prospects. A lot of the vote is based off a player’s performance during his junior season, and that’s when Vaughters was hindered by the injury.

If it was completely my vote: Yes. First of all, this kid is a wonderful role model for all student-athletes in this state. You can’t say enough about his outstanding academic achievements. Back to football: As far as the injury, I have no problems in overlooking it because of this: Vaughters is a proven commodity as one of Georgia’s top high school players after all the big-time plays he made as a sophomore on the state championship team.

Note: The AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, Tucker LB James Vaughters? Please post below.

55 comments Add your comment

Jeepers

July 12th, 2010
7:32 am

Best of luck James! I look forward to watching you and the rest of the Tigers this season.

saw it first hand

July 12th, 2010
8:33 am

Gotta get young men like this in Athens to compete with Gators and Tide……5 or 6 studs like this leave the State every year…..get them to Athens and then you’ve got 20 or so after 4 years……and what a different ball club we would have….just say’n…..

PMC

July 12th, 2010
9:25 am

We certainly have a lot of impressive young people in this generation. Vaughters is an absolutely top notch player. I hope he can parlay his college football career into a professional career and then like Jim Brown leave football early enough to pursue other avenues. There’s no reason why he can’t leave his mark in football and also have a long fruitful archetictual career. Have fun in Palo Alto.

How many more times

July 12th, 2010
10:00 am

…are you guys going to write about this kid? No wonder these guys think they are all that when you DA writers continue to put ‘em on pedastals…in season and out of season…ENOUGH ALREADY.

Da'reek

July 12th, 2010
10:11 am

Oh shut up. 0% of the world agrees with what you just said.

James is a great athlete, phenomenal football player and he’s great off the field. Wish he could have came to Georgia but he’ll be successful at Stanford.

y

July 12th, 2010
10:17 am

Congrats on Stanford son! That will set you up for life….very glad you didn’t go to tech. Now we won’t have to play you for the next four years.

blue and gold

July 12th, 2010
11:01 am

w’ll see how good he is on aug 27 when he goes up against the most slept on team in the state swd. and no i dnt think that he deserves the nod for the super 11 . just look at his stats from last season ther are average. swd’s terrance smith had 15 sacks and over 90 tackles has a 3.5 gpa 1400 sat score and gets no press, its sad that the experts over hype players. its a fact that swd has the beat lb core in the state . led by sr. anthony allen ‘ 6′2 235 who is the qb of the defense will outshine vaughters mark my words. his stats from last year 139 tackles 4.0 gpa 1500 sat score and no press thats sad .

joe

July 12th, 2010
11:14 am

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaye best linebacker in da country wit tucker big 3 wit chris sanders and justin garrett i smell a state championship again

BLUE AND GOLD

July 12th, 2010
11:50 am

TUCKER HAS TO GO THROUGH SWD TO WIN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP . LAST YEAR TUCKER 0 SWD 26 . COME ON SON . SWD HAS RELOADED THEY HAVE AT LEAST 13 PLAYERS THAT WILL SIGN DIV 1 SCHOLARSHIPS THIS YEAR . SWD HAS THE BEST QB IN THE STATE

FRED

July 12th, 2010
12:05 pm

Forget about football how about a 4.0 GPA way to go kid.

'Bama 1

July 12th, 2010
12:46 pm

I lived in nothern California for 20 years, just not the hype there that there is in south. He’ll have a hard time adjusting to no frills football!

Rick S

July 12th, 2010
12:57 pm

Vaughter’s is undoubtedly a great player but his choice of Stanford will result in another long line of Super 11 High School Players leaving the state and being forgotten, i.e. Heyward at Ohio State. Get my drift!

Heyward

July 12th, 2010
1:08 pm

Rick S… for the record Heyward is a All American candidate and is going to a to 15 pick last year. Not forgotten by all, just those who dont follow College football outside the state. Get my drift??????

goatD

July 12th, 2010
1:10 pm

Nice kid, great athlete, incomparable student. Say something nice…..

POAD

July 12th, 2010
1:21 pm

I am not so sure GT and Bama are not still in the mix. UGA is having problems and he can go to GT and show up UGA. Bama is good but will have some openings by national signing day. I think LOCATION and MARKET may still come into play on this young man.

Techs coach has Manboobs

July 12th, 2010
1:23 pm

Techs coach has manboobs And that yogi bear thang goin… Dem Dawgs need a character kid like Vaughters that can stay out of trouble, excel in the classroom and man up with the best in the SEC. Id take a kid like that over the Brandon Spikes types that are out there.. Note to Moody–fr. ECI. Anyway, changing the subject everybody is so on the Alabama bandwagon. Not talking about last year and hats off for what they have done in the last couple of years, BUT its no given that they will year in and year out beat Lsu. Arkansas could give them fits. Auburn is gonna turn The Tide one of these years. I dont see them beating the gators every year by any means or any team from the east who plays well enough to go to the championship game. Roll Hive.

POAD

July 12th, 2010
1:27 pm

Tech coach has: Paul may not be able to see IT when he pees like CMR, but Paul Johnson has a PAIR HANGIN that Richt doesn’t. Sitting on the bench at the U took all the Sack CMR had.

Geno

July 12th, 2010
1:32 pm

Blue and Gold…you are classic SWD. Remember the last “best QB in the state”? He couldn’t stay off the crack pipe. Also, you may have beaten Tucker last year but don’t count on it this year. They are stacked and better coached than you’re team. Also, you must be a SWD grad judging by your spelling and such.

shinglepus

July 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

Have fun playing on the VS. network

We_Run_This_Country

July 12th, 2010
1:38 pm

Keep dreaming UGA…a kid like this would never have come to UGA. The kid is INTELLIGENT enough to know that a degree from UGA gets you nowhere. A degree from Stanford, or even GT, takes you anwhere you want to go!!

KeithB

July 12th, 2010
1:49 pm

I would love to one day sit with my boys and sift thru 35 offers! What a great problem to have. This kid is going to rip up the PAC 10…er 12…er, whatever they are going to call it. He is also going to have a nice piece of paper in the event that football doesn’t work out. Good luck to you.

Geno's Grammar Teacher

July 12th, 2010
2:00 pm

Geno,

You should have listened to me when you were in my English class instead of playing with yourself and sniffing the dry erase markers. You should have known that casting stones in glass house is not a very smart thing to do. I’ll see you during your tutoring session in an effort to teach you the difference between the words ‘you’re’ (a contraction for you are) and ‘your’ (implies possession or belonging to you). You should have learned this in elementary school.

Mark Olsen

July 12th, 2010
2:05 pm

I wouldn’t go to Tech unless my parents were R2D2 an C3P0

blue and gold

July 12th, 2010
2:05 pm

@geno no im not a swd grad. and if you call them stacked i cant wait wait till you see us on aug 27 . we are loaded with studds at every position. and the comment about the best qb i mean that you and everyone else will see what im talkn bout. but i will make one promise to you tucker starting qb wont make it past the first quarter .

SWD Panther Paw

July 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

Geno……. We will see come Aug. 27….it will be the same result has last year. SWD is stacked. I’ll take Terrance Smith and Anthony Allen over the youtube hyped James Vaughters any day. I hope he doesn’t disappear like he did in year’s game. No excuses please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Panthers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kj

July 12th, 2010
2:17 pm

“takes you anwhere you want to go”

and what school teaches you how to spell “anwhere”?

You don’t run anything but a deep-fryer, and you know it.

Atlanta Jackets

July 12th, 2010
2:50 pm

The vaugnted Vaughters! LOL!

Come down to the Flats and play with the Robot. Where the winning is automatic!

I’m glad you had enough sense to avoid the mutts up in Athens. Now pay the man for the pizza and you won’t have to hear from those mutters again. LOL! Burn!!

Cuzzo

July 12th, 2010
2:50 pm

Little known fact that Pitt finished a close second with James Vaughters,……….james should do really well at stanford but if he decides to transfer he’s going to pit!!!

GT BABY

July 12th, 2010
3:45 pm

Don’t worry; Groh will snag him up just like he did Louis Young. The reason Young switched to Tech from Stan the last minute, is because all Stan football players have to go through the exact same enrollment as the other students. He’s coming to Tech. BANK ON IT!

FOOTBALL FAN

July 12th, 2010
5:07 pm

I would love to see the SWD vs Tucker game on the August 27th but i will instead check out the STEPHENSON VS PARKVIEW GAME! I hear Stephenson is LOADED again and will be just as good if not better than last year! Can anyone tell me how the Jags are looking so far? Also a lot of South Georgia fans are saying Tift County is loaded and foreal this year..they expect to whoop Stephenson when the jags head to Tift Sept.10th. What does chip, the ajc, or you fans think?

panther

July 12th, 2010
5:54 pm

blue and gold quit because you are embarrasing and I did graduate from swd ! words have never done anything. and from what i heard is going on at swd, good luck .

panther

July 12th, 2010
5:55 pm

also blue and gold you all do not have 13 d – 1 prospects !

boots

July 12th, 2010
6:22 pm

You won’t win a championship of any kind at Stanford, but I would bet he really doesn’t believe that. However, if he can focus on getting his degree from Stanford, he will have something far more valuable and rewarding. Congrats on the choice, and good luck with the books.

GTPak

July 12th, 2010
8:29 pm

Stanford is a great school, however, James if you decide you want to come back home, we would love to see you as a Yellow Jacket!!!

bitter DA' thugerk

July 12th, 2010
8:34 pm

ya give all this chatterb to this here geek who thinks he can play ball, sh—- he cant play no ball ill wipe the floo with his as==== books he=== you dont play hera at tennersa with books, we just beat the hell out of some punk in a bar after take lots of drugs yaaa, i do as i please sh—,ps chip towers from the ajc suc—s and ya suc—-s its all about memememem hahahah cow chip#1

bitter hersall talker

July 12th, 2010
8:46 pm

da’ trick aka da prick you need your as==== kicked you aint no scally like me and show aint no fine example fo the kids to look at, try running over bill bates and will talk fool, show it on the field not in a bar you clown!!! ps coach dooly said we all going to put a hob nail up yourr as=== this fall, stay tune punk!!

Its there 2 lose

July 12th, 2010
10:20 pm

I CAN’T WAIT TIL OCT. 8

dboy jones

July 12th, 2010
11:40 pm

To Blue and Gold..SWD is stack every year with athletes. That dont mean nothing ask stephenson..It comes down to coaching which buck is lacking. All the players he has had over the years and only 1 championship 14 yrs ago. Yea yall beat Tucker last year but didnt do nothin with it. Tucker beat yall the year b4 and won it all! LOL. Stephenson is the same way. Never won anything in there 13 yrs of existance!! Coach Gatrell sucks!!!! All the players he has had and hasnt done nothing with them. They beat Tucker in a scrimmage last year and did nothing. The year b4 Tucker whooped them in a scrimmage and won it all!! This year Tucker will win state trust that!!

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Dekalb Fan?

July 13th, 2010
6:39 am

I agree dboy. There have been a lot of athletes at both of these schools, and only 1 Championship to show for it. ‘Buck’ is a good coach (just going by victories alone), but Gartrell suck!!! He caused Shamrock to close down!!lol

#1 BAMA FAN

July 13th, 2010
10:33 am

James is a great player and student. I know he was highly recruited by BAMA and I wish him luck at Stanford. RTR

SWD Panther Paw

July 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

dboy jones – Let’s talk about Tucker…..you guy’s are always trying to exclude yourselves. But Tucker has a track record of coming up short year after year with 1 championship to show for it. So which excuse do you want……….bad coaching or not having quality player’s

tiger fan

July 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

all you swd fans & stephensons fans your coaching sucks point blank period . . . listen to dboy jones, 13 14 years same coach not much to show for it. 1st year coach took us all the way to the dome, in his first year which we lost by 3 to the team who won it all(warner robins). year 2, only his second year as a head coach took his team all the way to the dome & came out with win, state champs n two years. year 3 lost nearly all of our starters, but still a great coaching staff, & had a succesful season, lost n round 2 on a last second pass drop n the endzone to the team which win it all might i add. & no year 4 the group that started off all 4 years with stephens, he been workn with them from day 1, & vaughters aint all we got, trust me. compare our last 3 years to your last 14 & i see a big difference. tucker tigers is a winnig tradition, & we expect nothing less this year than a state championship hahahahaha i promise you them boys ready

tiger fan

July 13th, 2010
4:32 pm

lol oh yea look out for number 1 chris sanders he’ll be at uga next year, ajc you might as well be considering him for the super 11 also. he also started n 10th grade on dat championship winnig team. been beasting every since 1 of the best athletes n ga. wr,fs,punter, punt returner, kick returner, & kick off lol dont get no better. . oh yea might i add were winnig this state championship this year without a practice field. we been going thru construction for the last 3 years & no compliants, no locker room, we had no weight room at 1 time, & no there a big as* hole smack n the middle of our field. & dey still working hard no days off

GA FOOTBALL

July 13th, 2010
9:19 pm

Hey APS, (Atlanta Public Schools)anybody know how MAYS is looking??? You guys had a pretty good team last year..just could not close out games! You are in region 6 now.. the SEC of AAAA football. You guys have to come to play each and every week. Although you don’t face SWD, you still have TUCKER and MARIST to cotend with..those should be some critical,interesting, hard hitting matchups! I’m ready to see those games..i guess we’ll see what you guys are made of in the season opener against Dunwoody.

TRUE BLUE

July 13th, 2010
10:49 pm

I don’t understand how you win 1 championship, but can’t get 12 players in school Tucker. You should lead the county in scholarships.Talk to me when you start to send more than 5 to school. McNair and Stone Mountain send more kids to school than TUCKER. Yall are not on SWD are STEPHENSON level when you talk about getting kids into school.

jag count

July 13th, 2010
10:49 pm

dboy jones, tiger fan, Dekalb Fan what has stephens accomplished besides the championship. the only kids that go to school are the ones that were going to go anyway. he is pimping your kids in order to get a better job. as soon as one comes up that will hire him he is on to the next one. buck and gartrell might not win many state rings but they change lives by sending kids to school. so keep hating and our kids will continue to attend college while yours work at the chickfila in tucker

jag count

July 13th, 2010
10:54 pm

and by the way tucker your big 3 they are stealing scholarships i dont even remember them playing stephenson last year. your big 3 is fake vaughters is slow and sanders and garrett are not hitters

TRUE BLUE

July 13th, 2010
11:04 pm

Since, COACH STEPHENS got to TUCKER. How many kids have he help get into school. We are not talking about the players that was already established like J.D , NEKIO , SLAUGHTER , AND BROWN.

jag count

July 13th, 2010
11:18 pm

tucker fans you included stephenson in your rant about swd. i dont hear you talking now. pick a fight with a school you can can win against as your coach why he didnt renew the scrimmage again this year. he interviewed at 3 different schools and didnt get any of the jobs so you might be stuck with someone that dont want to be there