JaWuan James hears Kiffin’s ‘Georgia speech’ firsthand

How did JaWuan James spend his time in Knoxville this past weekend? Limping around with one ankle taped underneath his socks and shoes.

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JaWuan James

North Gwinnett’s much-sought-after offensive tackle sprained his ankle during last Friday’s win over Chattahoochee. Nonetheless, he made the trek up to Tennessee with his parents for his first official visit of the fall. As a result, he had an excellent view of the Vols’ 45-19 win over Georgia last Saturday. He was in their locker room after the game.

So James heard Kiffin say that Georgia was the most important game of all for Tennessee and that it would never lose as long as he was there.

“Yeah, I heard him say that,” said James, getting treatment on his ankle as he talked late Tuesday afternoon. “[Kiffin] was talking about how winning this game was big for them because Georgia has some of the best players in the South coming out every year. Florida does, too, but it’s a lot farther away. Georgia is only a few hours down the road. I thought a lot about that. It was an impressive win. They think it’s going to give them a boost.”

James wasn’t interested in rehashing all the details about the visit.

“It was pretty much the same as all of them,” he said. “It was good. All the coaches were very welcoming to me and my family. We just had a good time. It was a lot of fun.”

The most important news for all concerned was this: “Nah, I still haven’t made any commitments. They’re still up there with me; they’ve been up there. But I still haven’t made a decision.”

James, who visited Georgia unofficially the previous two weekends, was asked if the Bulldogs’ lackluster loss diminished his interest in them. “I still want to say they’re up there, too,” he said.

But James isn’t through looking around. The a 6-foo-6, 300-pound senior, who originally committed to Alabama last spring, plans to take his scheduled visit to UCLA this coming weekend.

“I’m looking forward to going there and talking to the coache and seeing what they’re all about,” said James, who will make the trip to Los Angeles with his teammate Justin Dickens.

As for the timeline on his decision, James said he’s hoping to be ready by the end of the season. He will be graduating from high school and enrolling in college in January.

“I’ll have a lot of paperwork to get done so early December would good,”

As for the ankle. “It’s fine,” he said. “I just messed it up a little bit. I’ve been wearing a boot and getting treatment but I’ve been practicing and I’ll play Friday.”

Then he’ll be back on the road.

95 comments Add your comment

JB

October 13th, 2009
6:38 pm

this loss WILL hurt recruiting. But, let’s sign some guys will bigger hearts than credentials.

Danny G

October 13th, 2009
6:48 pm

Kiffin has proven to me that his Dad is a great Defensive Coach. Kiffin has proven nothing except he can run his mouth.

Herschel

October 13th, 2009
6:49 pm

We’re gonna lose this bright talented young man to a more consistent program somewhere. Thanks Coach! Maybe a close loss would not have swayed him, but he saw the wheels come off in person. No way we get this kid. THAT’s what getting your A$$ whipped does CMR!!

UT

October 13th, 2009
6:58 pm

Danny G – you can ignore it if you want. Kiffin doesn’t have to prove a thing to you.

Worm

October 13th, 2009
6:59 pm

ONE game will not hurt recruiting! James knows we need him..Plus we’re closer..Chance to start!

Jon James

October 13th, 2009
7:00 pm

I hate to admit it but CMR is going to have his hands full with this one. The Kiffins and Coach O are building a power house program with a lot of high profile players just an hour or two up I-75… this could end up like the 90’s with GA’s best headed to Rocky Top… remember Jamal, Cosey, Deon Grant, all of those guys built a national title team.

ReptilesRule

October 13th, 2009
7:23 pm

Yeah, but did he see the nipple rings??

blueboy

October 13th, 2009
7:31 pm

Hey Danny G, Kiffin proved he could out coach Richt and beat the brakes off of Georgia. All you proved is that you don’t know jack and can only run your mouth. Get used to this butt kicking from Kiffin & Co.

Hey Dogtards

October 13th, 2009
7:34 pm

“Kiffin has proven to me that his Dad is a great Defensive Coach. Kiffin has proven nothing except he can run his mouth.”

Or that he can scheme an offense that you can’t stop. Or that he can beat the everliving snot out of the bulldogs. I guess you are right and that’s old hat for the vols. Nothing unexpected or impressive these days.

J Dog

October 13th, 2009
7:55 pm

UT & blueboy, it was in the news. His family (Aunts & Uncles from California) said he was a spoiled brat. It shows to. Sorry guy’s, that’s what he is. That comment that as long as he’s at UT that he’ll never loose to Ga, that’s something a spoiled brat would say. A rational person knows Ga is not going to stay down for ever. So what if Ga wins next year? What does he say then? Oh yea, he’ll just say Ga cheated or something like he accused Urban Meyer of cheating last year. Sounds like spoiled brat to me. I can hear him as a kid now, “Mommie, he cheated”!! If he stay’s around long you should change the name of UT to “The Spoiled Brats”.

J Dog

October 13th, 2009
8:05 pm

ReptilesRule, You know it’s going to be cool when the Gators and Bama play for the SEC champoinship, but because their ranked 1 & 2 at the time it’s also going to be the National championship as well. But Florida needs to share, the’ve won the NT 2 out of 3 years, it’s time to let someone from the SEC win it.
I missed the nipple rings, but when he bent over however I think I saw a tatoo on his butt that said “I love young boys”. Did anyone else see that?

J Dog

October 13th, 2009
8:09 pm

someone else from the SEC win it.

BgMike Said.....

October 13th, 2009
8:11 pm

Dawg nation, Ya’ll running aroung here acting like UGA has just been in the pits for years, Tenn just had a decent day, and there know better than the dawgs. A 3-3 team, Lane Kiffen hasn’st made them #1 in the country, and Uga won’t fall flat on there face. Sometimes it takes a loss like this to wake a team up, and beleive me DAWG NATION they have been woke up! Good luck dawgs and G.T. fans don’t go celebrating, because after all you ain’t won but 1 out of 8. That alone tells you ya’ll are mediocre at best!!

monvol

October 13th, 2009
8:17 pm

Georgia fans trying to throw the hillbilly term at UT…wow. Pot meet kettle. When Jerry Springer needs hillbillies, he comes to Georgia, not Tennessee. Verified.
I believe I’d rather have a coach tell his players they’re not going to lose to someone again, rather than tell them that they’ll try their best to win and if they execute, they’ll do it.
Even if Kiffin loses to Uga someday way in the future, his players will know he believed in them. Players love that stuff. None of that mealymouthed try your best crap.

alantown

October 13th, 2009
8:23 pm

Players kno he believed in them.. Oh I’m about to freakin CRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! Tenn is so great.. U SUCK!!!!Tenn is the biggest JOKE ever.. Everyone thinks LAME KITON is a PUS BABY.. Just like all you Tenn want a bes.. If Tenn is so great- STAY OFF OUR SITE!!!!!!!

Mac

October 13th, 2009
8:25 pm

I don’t know what’s more pathetic. The spelling and grammar around here is or the stupidity Georgia fans spew. The lack of football knowledge here is astonishing.

I am seeing comments saying; Tennessee is horrible, got lucky, had a decent day etc. You guys do realize that Georgia’s offense scored 0 points and the defense gave up 45 points right? Crompton combined for 0tds 5ints and 186 yards against UCLA/Florida. Georgia fans talking crap about Tennessee is laughable. So Tennessee isn’t great and are only 3-3. What does that say about Georgia? Tennessee is playing with average players and three or four starters weren’t playing due to injury. What do you think Kiffin is going to do to you when his talent gets to Knoxville? Top 10 recruiting class last year. Currently a top five recruiting class this year.

Anyways… I would feel stupid saying a team sucks when my team got absolutely crushed by them. Now tell us how you feel about Georgia. They must be one of the worst freaking teams in college football to be beaten so badly by such a sucky team.

alantown

October 13th, 2009
8:26 pm

dont cry out loud== just keep it inside… Dont kiss ur sister Tenn Boys.. Stay off our site.. Ur sister is waiting on u!!!

Mac

October 13th, 2009
8:28 pm

Oh and forgive me for using proper english. If alantown is one of your regulars, you’re probably not used to reading the english language in the comment section.

alantown

October 13th, 2009
8:29 pm

Oh Mac Ur so smart man.. U must be a Tenn Grad.. Wow man– U blew ME away.. Really!!

Mac

October 13th, 2009
8:30 pm

Nope. I just have a brain that functions. Enjoy talking to yourself and whatever else it is you do. Take it easy meng.

alantown

October 13th, 2009
8:31 pm

Hey Big Mac– All BS aside, I have knowledge when needed but I was responding to you hillbillies and didn’t feel it was needed!!

alantown

October 13th, 2009
8:32 pm

Hey Fat Mac– Leave UGA site and go to Hillbilly.com.. MORE FOR YOU FREAKS!!

Gen Neyland

October 13th, 2009
8:34 pm

Chip : Your blog neighborhood stinks. The measure of some people on this blog is way below what you do and what you’ve done for Mama Cox. Those of us that have been around for 3 plus years have seen and read the garbage chatter for so long it rolls right off. Those of us that have been around 3 plus years wish we had you back. You do good work and don’t deserve what you’re getting for followers on your blogs.

To the people that hide behind tag names calling coaches out on blogs, well, it’s just so funny to read where you call a coaches actions ‘pathetic’ for sounding off where all can see it and hear it, but ya’ll type a short, vile retort and think you make a difference. Fools…

alantown

October 13th, 2009
8:37 pm

BLUEBOY IS GAY– HIS BROTHER TOLD ME!!!!

alantown

October 13th, 2009
8:42 pm

THats so sad Gen Neyland- You can always go to Bubbateeth.com.. Dont get me wrong, I am at the Country Club in my Fine home chillin.. I am sorry you are so mad but go to your site.. :) ))

ReptilesRule

October 13th, 2009
8:53 pm

J Dog…Just too much football to be played to be talking Bama. Hell, I’m worried about Arky and their passing attack plus this game has “trap” written all over it. I will admit though, that Bama looks awesome and it’s hard to find a real chink in their armour. I’d love to see them move one spot ahead of us to #1 just to see Urbans and the teams blood boil. The Gators are at their very best when they’re mad and no one can touch them when they are…

dawgster

October 13th, 2009
9:00 pm

Lets just let this young man make up his own mine, instead throwing out a bunch of negative comments to any of the team, anyone that thinks one game win or lose is going to be the determinning factor really doesn’t get it, i believe the young man probably knows where he feels he will fit in best and where he can contribute early, i don’t think a coach’s out of control ego will fool this kid, but who really knows, i wish him the best in whatever he decides…

Rick

October 13th, 2009
9:00 pm

I don’t know why anyone would want to play for that punk.

CMR may not be a very good caoch but I would much rather see his face at practice than that little mouthy worm.

The Dawg

October 13th, 2009
9:28 pm

I don’t think Kiffin’s playing with a full deck. Seriously!

ambushed

October 13th, 2009
9:54 pm

NCAA will be putting Tennessee on probation for recruiting violations in the not to distant future…

Big Bob

October 13th, 2009
10:01 pm

All the Kiffin talk tells me is that he doesn’t plan to be at Tennessee very long.

UT Girl

October 13th, 2009
10:17 pm

Know what a UGA grad and a tornado have in common…they are both headed for the nearest trailer park! I think it’s great that we had a good game and beat the puppies. We won. Well no, we took UGA behind the toolshed! Let us have our moment.

Gen Neyland

October 13th, 2009
10:33 pm

alantown : After being around the ajc blogs for 3+ years, I don’t get mad anymore. Just disgusted with the ’sports fans’ that come here with baseless opinions that go with a current flow. Hard facts that make footballspeak worthwhile aren’t found when people don’t apply knowledge of the game but resort to following the crowd like townspeople marching on Frankenstein’s Castle. The drivel some feel comfortable with here are pitiful. This isn’t condusive to anything but foolishness. Chip runs/ran an A+ format that garners/garnered real fans, not a bunch of bottomfeeding nitwits…Have fun in the 8th dimension of dumbarse. It’s yours until Chip does something about it…Oh yeah, I forgot. First Amendment rights…

U Gotta B Kidding Me

October 13th, 2009
10:34 pm

Every team , including UT, can only have 85 on scholarship so it’s only fair to point out that UGA can’t keep them all in state so some will go elsewhere. The larger problem for UGA is coaching them when they get to Athens.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 13th, 2009
10:45 pm

JaWaun James is ranked the #22 OT in the country….. not eactly a super star but potential to help down the road. UGA has no replacement for Sturdivent who would have been all-amercan by his jr. year if not for injuries.

dawgday

October 13th, 2009
11:03 pm

If the outcome of a game sways a kid, then he’s not exactly looking for the best University is he.

To the poster “Herschel”, you need to change your name mother f’er. The real Herschel would kick yo a$$ boy.

Paul The Vol

October 13th, 2009
11:09 pm

Let’s see…Hillbillies, check. Sisters, check. Gay jokes, check. Angry people lashing out and calling others names, check. I think we’ve missed trailer jokes and race baiting but I wasn’t reading that close. It’s just the same old, unoriginal insults on this blog. One advantage to getting older is that you’ve seen all this garbage before so you treat it the same way you treat static on the radio.

ColumDawg

October 13th, 2009
11:12 pm

Sounds like the kid is going elsewhere. Pretty sad when recruiting is the only thing keeping Richt in his job. If recruiting drops off then our long term outlook gets even worse. Richt is the new Phil Fulmer! Hope we don’t keep him and his cronies around as long as UT did. FIRE RICHT NOW! GRUDEN IS AVAILABLE!

dawgday

October 13th, 2009
11:29 pm

ColumDawg you sir are

an idiot!

Recruiting is the only thing keeping his job? ???? Have you even WATCHED a Georgia game this decade???????? Geez. See, this is what ticks me off. Idiots like COLUMDAWG that should have their first amendment rights taken away. What a LOSER!

dawgday

October 13th, 2009
11:39 pm

ColumDawg. Please change your handle to just Colum. You are no Dawg. Trust me. Gruden? Really? Gruden? I wouldn’t let that dude within 5 miles of a sorority row. Talk about polar opposites. Mark Richt to Gruden! I’m sure your going to say you/ve been a GA fan for life column but your not a very good one or smart one.

dawgday

October 13th, 2009
11:55 pm

this is for all you “fire Mark Richt” idiots out there. Answer me three questions:

1. What was our record last year?
2. What was our record in 2007?
3. Why are you a bunch of whiney, what have you done for me lately, blabbering idiots?

Side note: Georgia Tech. You have the biggest game in a LONG time this weekend at the homeless shelter on North Ave. Radio announcement TODAY. FOUR days before kickoff. Tickets still available! Must be because you have a 110,000 seat stadium. What? no? Seriously. Is your fan base that pathetic that it can’t fill 50K seats to the biggest game outside of UGA this year? I’m really embarrassed that we lost last years game now. I do not have any idea how your team even beats us one out of every eight years. It should be more like 30 at least. That’s truly pathetic. Even more pathetic than the loser that is Colum.

Chip Towers

October 14th, 2009
12:17 am

Flo-ri-Duh: I’ve been kind of surprised James isn’t ranked a little higher. Never mind how good he is at this moment. He’s got great size at 6-6, 300, and enough smarts to graduate early and enroll in January. I’d say that’s a kid with some serious upside.

ButlerDawg

October 14th, 2009
12:38 am

I think Kiffin meant “Tenn would never lose as long as MARTINEZ was there (meaning UGA)” Gotta love him, he’s a legend in his own mind.

dawgday

October 14th, 2009
12:47 am

Chip, I’m sure this kid is a great prospect but to insinuate that UT is going to invade our state and build a championship caliber team – a la 1998 – based on one win is very short sited. Mark Richt will not let that happen again. Your article and others at the AJC are trying to portray a UGA program that is in total disarray. We need to shore up some problems but coach Richt has brought this program to a level that deserves more respect from it’s fan base. Go Dawgs! good night.

Lakedawg

October 14th, 2009
12:48 am

One game will not make a difference. Tennessee is desperate to gain a foothold in Georgia
recruiting, and they’ll sign a few as they have been doing, but their desperation doesn’t
translate into getting Georgia’s top players. They have to recruit outside their state due to
a lack of in-state talent, but that’s not our problem. Georgia will continue to get Georgia’s
top players for a variety of reasons….1, close to family and friends here in Georgia…..
2. academics superior to that of Tennessee….. 3. tradition that’s every bit as good as
Tennessee’s historically and a LOT better over the past decade.

TO GEORGIA’s HS SENIORS & RECRUITS, AND THEIR PARENTS:
Tennessee has stated their intent to “invade Georgia” and get top recruits. Consider:
Tennessee has had two LOSING seasons in the last four. While their new coach can
certainly talk, he’s proven nothing yet except that they can win when Georgia is having
an off day in an off season……and everybody has off days and off seasons – just ask the
Vols ! Tennessee lost to Wyoming recently…..in Knoxville ! Tennessee certainly played
better this past Saturday and I congratulate them on that win. But 10-win seasons, Top-10
final rankings, and BCS/NYD bowls have become common-place at Georgia…. how many
10-win seasons, Top-10 rankings, and BCS/NYD bowls has Tennessee had in the last 10
years ?……do your homework and you’ll find out that it’s VERY FEW. Do you really want
to gamble a college career and chance at the NFL by taking a chance on a head coach
that an NFL team FIRED just last year ? He can surely run his mouth, but how honorable
or dependable is that ? He doesn’t seem to have a firm grasp on himself and doesn’t seem
to know the NCAA rules very well – why else call Urban Meyer a cheater when Meyer was
correctly following the rules ? Perhaps probation is in Tennessee’s future if their head
coach has such a firm grasp of the rules……and you know that that won’t happen at
Georgia. How do you know you can trust the word of someone who has had documented
trouble telling the truth ? And a head coach that “guarantees” that his team will NEVER
AGAIN lose to Georgia while he’s there is just proof of the young coach’s immaturity and
inexperience. Georgia kids, stay in state and near those that love you. Georgia is your
state…..our team is having an off year but that just means that you can come in and make
a difference right away here at home. Year before last, Georgia finished #2 in the nation.
It was only last year that Georgia, your home state school, started the season at #1 and
finished with a New Year’s Day bowl and in the Top 10. Improvements will be made in the
off-season……Georgia will not be willing to wait around for 2 losing seasons in 4 years
the way that Tennessee did before moving to fix problems, and only time will tell whether
Tennessee’s problems are really fixed or not. Not many schools have Georgia’s problem of
having to replace a QB and RB from the same backfield in the same year, both first-round
NFL draft picks, but it will be fixed. Georgia has 80+ wins in 8 years under Richt and that
doesn’t happen without fixing some problems along the way. YOU can be a part of the
solution at Georgia. Georgia fans are upset this week because losing to Tennessee is not
going to be tolerated here – some are inappropriately lashing out at Coach Richt but the
huge majority of our fans know that the problems will be fixed – our program has been
VERY stable over the past 10 years. Why does Tennessee need to embrace something
called “the new Tennessee” ? The stability of the “Georgia” brand needs no gimmicks…..
no having to “get our name out there”……no lies……we have our tradition (including
RECENT history) of Top-10 rankings, 10-win seasons, BCS/NYD bowl games, and
NFL draft picks……all right here at home in Georgia. Best of luck in your season !

Lakedawg

October 14th, 2009
1:05 am

(sorry for the spacing issue…….repaired)

One game will not make a difference. Tennessee is desperate
to gain a foothold in Georgia recruiting, and they’ll sign a few as
they have been doing, but their desperation doesn’t translate into
getting Georgia’s top players. They have to recruit outside their
state due to a lack of in-state talent, but that’s not our problem.
Georgia will continue to get Georgia’s top players for a variety
of reasons….1, close to family and friends here in Georgia…..
2. academics superior to that of Tennessee….. 3. tradition that’s
every bit as good as Tennessee’s historically and a LOT better
over the past decade.

TO GEORGIA’s HS SENIORS & RECRUITS, AND THEIR PARENTS:

Tennessee has stated their intent to “invade Georgia” and get
top recruits. Consider: Tennessee has had two LOSING seasons
in the last four. While their new coach can certainly talk, he’s
proven nothing yet except that they can win when Georgia is
having an off day in an off season……and everybody has off
days and off seasons – just ask the Vols ! Tennessee lost to
Wyoming recently…..in Knoxville ! Tennessee certainly played
better this past Saturday and I congratulate them on that win.
But 10-win seasons, Top-10 final rankings, and BCS/NYD
bowls have become common-place at Georgia…. how many
10-win seasons, Top-10 rankings, and BCS/NYD bowls has
Tennessee had in the last 10 years ?……do your homework
and you’ll find out that it’s VERY FEW. Do you really want to
gamble a college career and chance at the NFL by taking a
chance on a head coach that an NFL team FIRED just last
year ? He can surely run his mouth, but how honorable or
dependable is that ? He doesn’t seem to have a firm grasp
on himself and doesn’t seem to know the NCAA rules very
well – why else call Urban Meyer a cheater when Meyer
was correctly following the rules ? Perhaps probation is
in Tennessee’s future if their head coach has such a firm
grasp of the rules……and you know that that won’t happen
at Georgia. How do you know you can trust the word of
someone who has had documented trouble telling the
truth ? And a head coach that “guarantees” that his team
will NEVER AGAIN lose to Georgia while he’s there is just
proof of the young coach’s immaturity and inexperience.
Georgia kids, stay in state and near those that love you.
Georgia is your state…..our team is having an off year
but that just means that you can come in and make a
difference right away here at home. Year before last,
Georgia finished #2 in the nation. It was only last year
that Georgia, your home state school, started the season
at #1 and finished with a New Year’s Day bowl and in the
Top 10. Improvements will be made in the off-season……
Georgia will not be willing to wait around for 2 losing
seasons in 4 years the way that Tennessee did
before moving to fix problems, and only time will tell
whether Tennessee’s problems are really fixed or
not. Not many schools have Georgia’s problem of
having to replace a QB and RB from the same
backfield in the same year, both first-round NFL
draft picks, but it will be fixed. Georgia has 80+
wins in 8 years under Richt and that doesn’t
happen without fixing some problems along the
way. YOU can be a part of the solution at Georgia.
Georgia fans are upset this week because losing
to Tennessee is not going to be tolerated here –
some are inappropriately lashing out at Coach Richt
but the huge majority of our fans know that the
problems will be fixed – our program has been
VERY stable over the past 10 years. Why does
Tennessee need to embrace something called
“the new Tennessee” ? The stability of the
“Georgia” brand needs no gimmicks…..no
having to “get our name out there”……no lies
……we have our tradition (including RECENT
history) of Top-10 rankings, 10-win seasons,
BCS/NYD bowl games, and NFL draft picks
……all right here at home in Georgia.

Best of luck in your season !

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dawgday

October 14th, 2009
1:30 am

Thanks Lakedawg. Great post!

KJ

October 14th, 2009
3:18 am

Didn’t Kiffin also “promise” he was going to beat Florida this year? Sing Rocky Top all night long? Yeah….

confuzzleddawgfan

October 14th, 2009
3:43 am

The thought that one game shouldn’t sway a recruit is laughable. A recruit sitting behind the scenes witnessing first hand how the coahcing staff keeps the team motivated and focused coupled with the intensity of the players is enough to sway anyone’s decision.

As for the thought of GA recruits heading north……its already happening…they are heading north, south, east and even west of GA. That’s something CMR and the AD need to work on. For now though, we need to figure out how not to lose anymore games. This lose and how they respond to the upcoming Blackout in Vandy will tell a great deal about the character of the players and the motivational skills of the coaching staff…

BTW, CMR, show CWM his seat in the box this weekend…..

Larry

October 14th, 2009
5:49 am

Seriously, what well meaning, high standard, and honorable parents of an 18 year old son would encourage him to play for a Lane Kiffin type of person? They wouldn’t, leaving only the offspring of questionable parents (and character) to enroll at Tennessee. So, from my perspective, what you have brewing in Tennessee is another now Virginia Tech or former Miami program that attracts a more thuggish, selfish athlete.

I may not like the Florida or Alabama coach or teams as a Bulldog fan but, as a parent, the last place I’d want my son to go to right now in the SEC is Tennessee. The first place? Without question Georgia, where the coach is more than a football coach; he’s a man that every parent would want their son to be mentored when for perhaps the last time they see him leave their home. Football is fun for us on fall Saturdays to rant and rave about, but it is the other six days of the week, months of the years, and the many, many years in life after football that I would want my son to be his best and Richt is an individual my son could learn much more from than how to run routes or block or tackle; he can learn from one of the best at being a good man, a good husband, and a good father–and he’s been a pretty good football coach too!