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.