Recruiting news: James, Vaughters, Martin, Christian, Shaw

Recruiting activity has increased exponentially in the last couple of weeks. A lot of those early commitments from this past summer are starting to look shaky as teams are hitting prospects with their full-court press as they show up for unofficial and official visits.

I was out of town this weekend and unable to make calls Sunday night but will talk to a bunch of prospects this week. In the meantime, here’s some of the news that developed over the weekend:

  • I’m meeting with North Gwinnett OT JaWuan James in a prearranged interview this afternoon. James (6-6, 300) visited Georgia unofficially for the Arizona State game this past weekend and plans to go back for another unofficial as the Bulldogs play LSU this Saturday, according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Georgia hopes James will eventually come in for an official visit but he hasn’t decided on a date yet. He’s reportedly also considering Florida, which he visited last week, and Tennessee, and hasn’t eliminated the Crimson Tide altogether. I’ll have an update after our interview this afternoon.
  • Tucker LB James Vaughters, one of the state’s top junior prospects, was also at Georgia Tech this past and got a chance to talk to Coach Paul Johnson before the game,  his father, Jonathan Vaughters, told me. Vaughters is considering both Tech and the Tar Heels. They’ll be in Athens for the Georgia-LSU game this weekend.
  • Speaking of Tech, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., DE Kareem Martin enjoyed his official visit at Georgia Tech this weekend, according to JacketsOnline.com. “I got a real feel for how college football and Georgia Tech really is from the players,” he told Kelly Quinlan. “They told me the truth and that’s what you need to hear from the perspective of the players.” It certainly couldn’t have hurt that the Yellow Jackets thumped North Carolina, one of Tech’s chief competitor’s for Martin’s services.
  • Lowndes OL Ed Christian became the latest FSU defection and appears to have Auburn in his sights, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  The Seminoles have lost commitments to Tennessee (Byrnes DE Corey Miller) and Wake Forest (Pahokee CB Merrill Noel) in recent weeks.
  • Four-star WR Kenny Shaw of Dr. Phillips High in Orlando will among dozens of elite visitors at Georgia this weekend, the Sentinel and Rivals.com reports. From all indications he is a strong FSU lean and was in Tallahassee to witness the Seminoles loss to South Florida this past Saturday.

20 comments Add your comment

NewnanDawg

September 28th, 2009
1:25 pm

Might want to do some editing Chip – especially where I think you meant to say “thumped.”

Floyd

September 28th, 2009
2:08 pm

Chip,

What impact will FSU’s ugly loss to South Florida have on their recruiting this year? With a lot of kids apparently waffling on the ‘Noles, thier performance Saturday against an in-state team they’re expected to destroy has to be particularly devastating.

matt

September 28th, 2009
2:33 pm

I knew some crazy stuff happened on the Flats, but this is just nuts!

Burdell

September 28th, 2009
2:46 pm

Oh, we humped ‘em all right!

Dawg Man

September 28th, 2009
3:47 pm

What recruits will be in attendance this sat in athens?

McDawg

September 28th, 2009
3:58 pm

the humping was in the tickle pile at the bar on ponce

Chip Towers

September 28th, 2009
4:28 pm

All right, who stole my “T” from that sentence. . . . Man, talk about a big typo. Proof again you can’t always count on spell check. Sorry (redfaced).

Chip Towers

September 28th, 2009
4:40 pm

NewnanDawg: You’re right. . . .

Floyd: I would imagine FSU’s loss to S. Florida is going to have a substantial negative impact on the ‘Noles. As we’ve seen, they’ve already had three “decommits.” Unless there’s a major announcement regarding the coaching situation I’d imagine things will continue to go south. . . .

Dawg Man: I’ll be working all week to determine exactly who all will be in Athens this week but suffice it to say this will be the Dogs’ biggest recruiting weekend all year. . . . Just coming from North Gwinnett and I can tell you JaWuan James, C.J. Uzomah and Brandon McGowan will be there on an unofficial. . . . I can tell you Deon Rogers and Jeff Luc will NOT be there as they’re planning on coming later, prolly Auburn. . . . Stay tuned!

BullDawg Rick

September 28th, 2009
4:41 pm

Chip… I enjoy listening to you on 680 Saturday mornings with buck & Steve West… Any update on the Bulldogs OL – James?? We could use him in the Classic City!!

WHAT MALE UGA FAN TRULY DOESN'T LOVE COX

September 28th, 2009
5:56 pm

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WHAT MALE UGA FAN TRULY DOESN'T LOVE COX

September 28th, 2009
5:56 pm

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WHAT MALE UGA FAN TRULY DOESN'T LOVE COX

September 28th, 2009
6:04 pm

who is the next commit for the UGA tickle pile (i mean defense)?

TOP RB RECRUIT TRE "DUCE" SORRELLS

September 28th, 2009
7:52 pm

watch out for Tre Sorrells Alcovy’s runningback….the tigers are 4-1 in region 4aaaa along with powerhouse Griffin and almost beat North Clayton 13-10 where Sorrells closedin on a hundred yards..

WAR EAGLE

September 28th, 2009
7:57 pm

AUBURN IS BACK!!! WAR EAGLE! 4 – 0

1990CHAMPS

September 28th, 2009
10:21 pm

CANT WAIT FOR THOSE PUPPIES TO COME IN TO ATLANTA FOR SOME GOOD OLE ACC BUTT KICKING

1990CHAMPS

September 28th, 2009
10:22 pm

ACC IS SO UP IN THE AIR

81Dog

September 29th, 2009
10:45 am

1990 Champs? Why is a University of Colorado fan posting down here? Weird.

Hank Williams

September 29th, 2009
6:38 pm

Enter your comments here
Chip, Is anyone out there looking at the Marist kids? I’m amazed Marist produces on the field and in the classroom, and major programs shy away from them. Triple-option offense aside, they have several kids that can play ball. I’d love to hear your comments, especially since hughly-recruited James Vaughters had a tough night against the War Eagles.

Hank Williams

September 29th, 2009
6:40 pm

I meant to write “highly-recruited” in my previous post.

Chad

September 30th, 2009
10:47 am

Glad to hear Ed Christian is look hard at Auburn and he would most likely play early with the limited Depth at Auburn on the O Line.

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