James says Bama still in it but Dogs and Vols look strong

Just came from a one-on-one interview with North Gwinnett offensive tackle JaWuan James.

I’m not going to get into everything we talked about just now. You can check that out tomorrow morning when I run our Q&A in full. But I’ll give you just a taste here now and just give you my firsthand impressions.

First of all, I must pay my compliments to JaWuan’s parents and to coach Bob Sphire. I found him to be a very polite and engaging young man and incredibly articulate for a high school senior. A lot of times when you interview these blue-chip prospects they have to talk to so many people they don’t feel like opening up or putting forth much thought or effort into their answers. Now JaWuan is definitely being very careful about what he says, especially when it comes to the touchy subject of his “decommitment” to Alabama. But he does so without shutting down altogether.

Secondly, just from our exchange and our brief time together I’d say this battle is going to come down between Georgia and Tennessee. But he insists that Alabama remains a player, he visited Florida for the Tennessee game and he’ll be making an official visit to UCLA. So we’ll see.

So with that, I’ll just share his explanation for reopening his recruitment (which we’ve gotten into before in this space) and then save a lot of the details about his visit to Georgia this past weekend and his plans going forward for our Q&A tomorrow morning.

“Back when I committed (in May) and the Alabama probation stuff came out, I expressed to them my concerns about it,” James said. “I’ve talked to them about it since and they’ve been helping me throughout and trying to make me feel more comfortable. But I never felt the comfortability I felt back when I first committed to them. So there was that. But mostly I just felt like I needed to take a step back and just re-evaluate everything.”

The result, James said, he been somewhat chaotic. He has been inundated from both recruiters and recruiting services.

” I probably get about 20 calls a day, something like that. A lot,” James said. “It’s been rough. It’s kind of like it was when it all first started back in the spring. But my Mom, my parents and a lot of people are helping me get through this whole thing.”

That’s all for now. Tomorrow morning, find out who watched him play Friday night against Mill Creek, what happened on his trip to Athens and what his plans are going forward.

37 comments Add your comment

ricardo

September 28th, 2009
5:27 pm

Sounds like the recruiting pressures from other schools took over after his commitment to Bama. He seems to be a bright kid and looking at his options like all other blue chips. My bet is still on Bama, although UGA is close to home.

A real Bulldog

September 28th, 2009
5:45 pm

Georgia is the home school and this seems to matter more to some than others. I get the impression James is a thinker and he needs to feel completely comfortable with his decision. That will be a wonderful attribute to bring to any team especially Georgia where it is not business as usual. Coach Richt truly cares about his players and it is not win at all cost. Speaking as a parent, I think a coach who is secure in himself knowing who he is will provide the right atmosphere for any player especially one who wants everything to be on the up and up. James needs to go see all the schools he is interested in and make the right decision for him. I think this young man will select Georgia.

Tyler

September 28th, 2009
6:22 pm

Come on to BIG ORANGE COUNTRY!

GATOR CHOMP

September 28th, 2009
6:31 pm

Tennessee lock “Book It”

Suwanee Dawgs

September 28th, 2009
7:17 pm

Way to go JaWuan. Great kid and any school would be lucky to have him. We are so proud of him and all of our NGHS Dawgs. Students AND Athletes. Take your time and make the right choice for your future. Lots of great choices, but pick the one that’s best for you.

joe

September 28th, 2009
7:21 pm

Silent Vol commit…Tennessee lock

Crimson nation

September 28th, 2009
7:31 pm

We’re pretty loaded on offensive tackles with 2 former 5 star recruits waiting in the wings so I can’t blame Juwan if he’s looking at the talent already on board and is scared of the competition. Former 5 star Tyler Love 6′7, 305 is a redshirt freshman this year and 5 star DJ Fluker 6′7,350 will be redshirted this year so we will have those 2 off tackles for the next 3-4 years. Aaah, the talent cup runneth over. UT can have our scraps and leftovers along with Auburn.

WAR EAGLE

September 28th, 2009
7:48 pm

Enter your comments here AUBURN will STOMP Vols! WATCH and SEE!

WAR EAGLE

September 28th, 2009
7:49 pm

GO WAR EAGLE!

WAR EAGLE

September 28th, 2009
8:06 pm

AUBURN SHOULD BE RANKED!!!

MyBoyJawuan.

September 28th, 2009
8:31 pm

haha my boy Jawuan! It’s funny that he’s sucha super star and I walk around wit him everyday. I know some personal details that you guys don’t know and I am pretty sure of the outcome of the situation. Just know that it will make your team that much better! Props for you and ya dreams of makin it big man its gunna happen believe me.

james

September 28th, 2009
9:24 pm

Enter your comments here if auburn had played a halfway decent team they might be ranked

SEC1

September 28th, 2009
9:50 pm

he gonna play football somewhere. Book it.

drsoul

September 28th, 2009
10:08 pm

He belongs at a ’second tier’ school…if one cannot keep a commitment, he does not belong at Alabama, where word and loyalty are first.. also, when one is leery of competition and wants to go somewhere he can have the easy road, this is another reason he does not need to be at BAMA.. we want ‘winners’ commiting, not ’second run athletes’…

dr feel good

September 28th, 2009
10:18 pm

drsoul – “second tier school”??? Why don’t you worry about winning an SEC championship before putting down UGA, their program, and a highschool kid trying to make a very difficult decision.

SEC Champs 2000 – present
2000 – Florida
2001 – LSU
2002 – Georgia
2003 – LSU
2004 – Auburn
2005 – Georgia
2006 – Florida
2007 – LSU
2008 – Florida

ghost dawg

September 28th, 2009
10:22 pm

Sad that UGa has the only blog in the SEC, all the other teams need to get theirs.

drsoul

September 28th, 2009
10:35 pm

UGA will never understand nor be confused with ‘class’…that is the difference..

dr feel good

September 28th, 2009
10:48 pm

Are you kidding me, drsoul? Mark Richt defines “class”. Even a GT Fan will admit that.

What’s your definition of class? NCAA sanctions???

Dawgs eat the big bones

September 28th, 2009
10:58 pm

Good luck JaWuan where ever you go. Love to see you as a Dawg

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 28th, 2009
11:27 pm

I am betting Trinton Sturdivent will make it back. He was the best returning o-tackle in the SEC and that was a great loss. JaWaun would play in a couple of years in the rotation. UGA has a lot of talent on the o-line but they keep changing guys around so much that they can’t get any continuity and that is what happened last week. Quit playing musical chairs. Vince Vance should be playing at left tackle – not guard.

TampaDawg86

September 28th, 2009
11:57 pm

You Tease I wanna know more!!! Go Dawgs…. Goodluck where ever you decide to play and go to school. Don’t take it for granted.

LSU is next(for Florida)

September 29th, 2009
12:16 am

Not good enough to be a Gator boy, too bad. Dr. feel good- Thanks for pointing out the SEC champs for the past 9 seasons. Too bad UGA could not win the National title like the past three winners of the SEC. Mr. James, do what you can to go to Florida, maybe Tennessee because Georgia will be watching the National Title game at home the next fives seasons. I have my own stat Doc- UGA vs. Florida since 1990- Florida 16 wins, UGA 3 wins- no rivalry here.

Red Dog 77

September 29th, 2009
12:27 am

Why in the world would Mr. Flo Ri Duh be so concerned about our o line? My only concern for the crocs right now is that Tim Tebow is going to be ok. My prayers have been with him . Beyond that I just hope we can put it all together on oct. 31 and beat the crap out of them! JaWAUN is talented enough to get substancial playing time as a freshman, Tinton did and I think JaWaun is every bit as talented. Unfortunately I think Trintons days might be over. Hard to come back from blowing out the same knee twice in a one year time frame. So Mr. Flo Ri Duh mabe you should concern yourself with all things sand and scales. Oh and by the way Vince Vance should play anywhere coach Stacy tells him to Goodnight …RED

sebulba

September 29th, 2009
1:22 am

then i guess alabama shouldnt nead Saban because he is always leaving programs in a hurry telling players and owners lies and what they want to hear dr soul.

DirtyDawg

September 29th, 2009
1:37 am

Gotta tell ya, every one, and I mean every, of my Tennessee friends – our friendship, and respect for each others’ schools and programs go back some 40 years – have expressed embarrassment over Mr. Kiffin’s antics. They know the history of class and accomplishment that UT has established over the years, and have been baffled that Kiffin felt he had to come in and act like some kind of Court Jester in order to draw attention to a program that should have had too much pride to have allowed it. Sadly, I think it’s gonna get worse before it gets better – if it ever will. I mean his Daddy’s no spring chicken and without him he’s just some smart-mouthed punk that out-kicked his coverage when it came to scoring a wife. If you really want to appreciate how this guy – Kiffin – works, check out some of the comments from his former USC and Oakland players, and particularly how he treated B J Coleman. That’s truly a story of Kiffin not wanting to have a Sophomore starting in order not to risk scaring off potential QB recruits – in other words, he’s (Kiffin) is willing to sacrifice UT’s season in order to get him a Tebow…maybe.

So go ahead UT fans, back this guy that comes across as a Snake Oil Salesman when his product has been a Ferrari since before he was even a gleam in his Daddy’s eye – even if it is a lousy color Ferrari, it’s a Ferrari.

SickandTired

September 29th, 2009
1:57 am

Mark Richt cares about his players. Now that is a good one. Mark Richt is the most two faced underachieving coach not only in the SEC but in the entire country. He has been given much, recruited much, and as yet has never sniffed a national championship. He is on the clock in Athens according to my sources and next year is a make or break year for him. The insiders tell me that some are sick of the image of players that don’t get it done and the dancing on the sidelines is an embarrassment to the school. He is heading for disaster if he doesn’t do something about discipline.

gatiger2

September 29th, 2009
8:18 am

You bamaturds are something else. Its all about you. Spin it how you want. Take your probation tide and all your self proclaimed titles and your arrogance and stick it. You won’t be playing for a NC again this year. You may never again. Bear said so.

dap01

September 29th, 2009
8:28 am

JaWan: Congratulations. Consider the head coaches. Coach Mark R, Lane Kiffin, Saben.

The choice should be clear if you compare the character of the 3 coaches involved.

bank walker

September 29th, 2009
9:13 am

Uga91

September 29th, 2009
10:04 am

Hey Red Dog, Flo Ri Duh is a big UGA fan, if you read these post you will see. I hope this kid picks the best school for his educational goals. We would love to have him but the line looks like the parts are interchangeable. I hope he enjoys his senior year. Go Dawgs!!!

LocoBurro

September 29th, 2009
10:06 am

Chip

What do you know about the 6′4″ 280 lb. DT at Wayne County/Jesup, GA they call THOMAS THE TRAIN?

Will he be at the LSU game Saturday?

Uga91

September 29th, 2009
10:16 am

Sick and tired…what the he!! are talking about? Discipline? No real off field problems this year, Last year’s starting TE is serving a six game suspension for violating team rules; our best DE just came back from a 2 game suspension even though we needed him bad…If that isn’t discipline I don’t know what is. Know if you object to the dancing or the hip hop music, maybe you should:
A) Not go to the game or B) watch ESPN classic and hope they play some old 1960’s games when guys with crew cuts played for UGA. These kids like and respect CMR and want to play for him. Nuff said. Go Dawgs.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 29th, 2009
10:29 am

sick and tired is a liar, he has on “insiders”. He’s just trying to stir the pot. Ignore it and he will go away

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 29th, 2009
10:30 am

has no “insiders”

benadawg

September 29th, 2009
12:27 pm

lsu next…..georgia was the national champs in 2007, if not for LOSS miles crying on TV and Tim Teblows lover boy on Espn.Herbstriegt we of the dawg nation know it.

SickandTired

September 29th, 2009
5:45 pm

Hey UGA91 just pay attention and watch what happens. There is a recipe for disaster in Athens brewing.

Michael Cox

October 2nd, 2009
9:45 am

drsol. “Word” and “loyalty” mean something at Bammer? LOL…! How bout “double secret probation” and “constitutional control”? One of the most crooked Colleges playin in th NCAA!! Yeah right….”loyalty”.. How bout “Greasy Alumni?”