JaWuan James picks Tennessee over Georgia, UCLA

Whatever it is Lane Kiffin is selling, JaWuan James is buying it.

James, a senior tackle at North Gwinnett and the top uncommitted offensive lineman in the state, committed to Tennessee Tuesday night. A one-time Alabama commitment, he chose the Vols over Georgia and UCLA.

“It’s a blessing to be recruited like I was,” James said Tuesday night. “I really appreciated everything everybody did and I have a lot of respect for Georgia and all the other teams that recruited me. They did a good job. But I just felt like I fit better at Tennessee. The coaches, the players, I like that new environment. I think Coach Kiffin is going to do big things and I want to be a big part of it.”

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James, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound left tackle, took an official visit to Tennessee the weekend of Oct. 12 when the Vols dismantled the Bulldogs 45-19 and Kiffin gave his infamous “We’ll never lose to Georgia as long as I’m the coach” speech. James took two unofficial visits to Georgia before that and an official to UCLA.

James said he called Tennessee assistant head coach Ed Orgeron with the news Tuesday around 9 p.m. and that Orgeron passed the phone around to the entire coaching staff, including Kiffin. “They were all real excited about it,” he said.

James has had a standout year despite a late-season ankle sprain for the 8-AAAAA champion North Gwinnett Bulldogs. The school is located less than 50 miles from the UGA campus.

“I don’t think there will be any hard feelings,” said James, who said he left the news on a voicemail for Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels. “I have a lot of respect for Georgia and a lot of friends that go there. But I had to make the decision that was best for me.”

James said his recruitment is officially closed. He graduate from high school at the end of this semester and will enroll at Tennessee in January.

249 comments Add your comment

jacketbacker

November 10th, 2009
10:10 pm

first!…go jackets…….

VolNation

November 10th, 2009
10:11 pm

It’s good to be a Vol, especially a Vol in GA.

Tide Rising

November 10th, 2009
10:16 pm

No hard feelings here Juwan. With UT losing 4 senior O-lineman I can see why you chose them.

Joe Blow

November 10th, 2009
10:16 pm

It’s all about 45-19 (and the LaneCopter)!

Jamal Lewis

November 10th, 2009
10:21 pm

Hey Dawg fans remember me? Deja vu all over again. Who’s your Jasper Sanks now?? (P.S. It’s not that hard a guess)

Phinfan

November 10th, 2009
10:24 pm

VBuzz

November 10th, 2009
10:24 pm

Yellow Jackets

dBuzz

November 10th, 2009
10:25 pm

Coach Paul Johnson for President

TJ Vol

November 10th, 2009
10:25 pm

Sorry GA…But please Martinez and Bobo….

Courtney

November 10th, 2009
10:25 pm

Hey JaWuan, Good luck getting a job in 4 years. Maybe Dollywood will be hiring because there isn’t much else in eastern TN.

General Sherman

November 10th, 2009
10:25 pm

Can you hear it…..It’s the Lane Train and everyone is jumping on. Jeff Luc should be the next one on. Go Vols!

dBuzz

November 10th, 2009
10:26 pm

Good Choice playing for CPJ will do wonders for any lineman’s career

dBuzz

November 10th, 2009
10:26 pm

Cant beat Tech just join em

Yellowfuzz

November 10th, 2009
10:27 pm

We will love having you at Gtech

KingfishStevens

November 10th, 2009
10:27 pm

Wat to Go BIG ORANGE!!!!!

BulldawgGirl

November 10th, 2009
10:27 pm

North Gwinnett is in region 7-AAAAA, not 8-AAAAA.

HA HA HA HA

November 10th, 2009
10:28 pm

Sour grapes Courtney. He won’t have much trouble getting a job. It’s called the NFL! 45-19!!!!!!!!!

VolNation

November 10th, 2009
10:28 pm

Don’t worry Courtney, the NFL will pay him well after he gets done winning SEC titles at UT.

White & Gold Forever

November 10th, 2009
10:31 pm

Get used to it little puppies…Tenn, Bama, UF, and TECH maybe.
GA football – as irrelevant as ever!

Hairy Dog

November 10th, 2009
10:32 pm

Good Luck.. Probably will end up like chris scott and the scrub they had before him.. No talent in KNox including the women

Stevie Janowski

November 10th, 2009
10:32 pm

JaWaun James = Jabari Davis Jabari bought into the hype as well and we know how that ended.

Rick

November 10th, 2009
10:34 pm

Smart move big guy.

As long as CMR is at UGA, that program is stuck in the mud.

TJ Vol

November 10th, 2009
10:36 pm

Poor Ga fans, you are so sad….wow…45-19,35-14,51-33…..maybe that had something to do with his decision…..

Bama Stan

November 10th, 2009
10:36 pm

Who cares where this kid goes. He does not know the meaning of what a committment is. Perfect material for Lame and his staff.

Gator in the Hootch

November 10th, 2009
10:36 pm

VolNation, gosh you beat mighty Memphis last Saturday. Like Georgia when they beat Vandy you are now future SEC champs. First you have to beat someone. You haven’t. Talk big when you have.

Bama Stan

November 10th, 2009
10:38 pm

Have fun in the peach bowl while Bama is playing for SEC and national titles.

VolNation

November 10th, 2009
10:39 pm

Dear Mr. Gator in the Hootch, you didn’t win crap before Tebow and you can barely win anything this season with him, next season, you won’t win @#^& without him. Welcome back to the fold, Jesus is leaving Gainesville. Maybe he can come back and be Mayor McCheese of that crappy little town.

TJ Vol

November 10th, 2009
10:39 pm

gators and free textbook bammers…your days are numbered and you know it….

TJ Vol

November 10th, 2009
10:40 pm

Nice Volnation well said!

Reality

November 10th, 2009
10:45 pm

It’s amazing how Georgia fans rip on Tennessee even though they got waxed by a team that supposedly had no talent and is in the middle of a major rebuilding project. You guys were preseason #1 last year. I’m not a SEC fan, but I would be scared out of my pants about what Kiffin is building up there. Just one person’s perspective. Go Jackets!

phil

November 10th, 2009
10:46 pm

Headline should read that he picks VOLS over BAMA. UGA really was never in ther running here and targeted the lineman from Bolles in Jacksonville and others over him. Can’t expect the fishwrapper, even the electronic version, to treat UGA with respect.

VolCard

November 10th, 2009
10:48 pm

to Courtney

being a UT student from GA all I have to say is this- There’s plenty to do in East Tennessee aside from Dollywood(sounds like you’ve been) anyway, I always find it funny when UGA fans knock Knoxville because having been to Athens I’ll safely say it is one of the s*ittiest cities in the US. Sure UGA is a decent campus but outside of that the terrain and lack of things to do woulda made me kill myself by now. I’ll take Knoxville and the 45-19 beatdown everyday. UGA= UT a la 2008-Richt needs to fire somebody soon or he will be. (love the SEC)

Go Vols!

November 10th, 2009
10:51 pm

Whewee! This is better news than when my sister told me she was going on the pill!

Gator in the Hootch

November 10th, 2009
10:51 pm

VolNation…visit the Swamp man and read the circle of titles and Heisman Trophy winners before you show your ignorance. 3 national titles since 1996. How many have the Vols won? One? National titles in ‘96 and ‘06. Tebow didn’t become the starting QB until ‘07. Plus, John Brantley will be the SEC’s best QB next year with Debose and Moore returned as WRs. And the talent level in Gainesville is getting better, not worse. The Gators have much more young talent right now than the Vols and their recruting class will be much better than the Vols this year…and for years to come. You are in Vols dreamland…which is very similar to Dawgs dreamland.

Douglas

November 10th, 2009
10:52 pm

Wow…amazing how cocky these UT fans are getting all of a sudden. Unfortunately, maybe this will send a message to CMR. It’s just a matter of time before our class of recruits start decommitting and going to other schools. Of course, who would want to play for WM. I have to admit: I would rather play for Saban or Monte Kiffin before I would play for WM.

Sickem Dawgs

November 10th, 2009
10:54 pm

Does that mean your brother is available for me:)

Recruitment Ron

November 10th, 2009
10:54 pm

You can thank the Dawgs lack-luster season for losing this commit. There is a very small chance to get Chaz Green out of Tampa, a 6′5″ 286 LB Offensive Tackle. Don’t worry though Dawg Nation you have Kolton Houston and T.J Stripling coming to Athens to play on the offensive line. Brent Benedict, a 6′5″ OT from Florida is coming too. General Sherman, look for Jeff Luc to stay in his home state of Florida most likely.

Southern Star

November 10th, 2009
10:54 pm

What is up with all the Vol fans on a Georgia website? Isn’t there a paper in Knoxville that you can comment on? Anyhow, UGA’s recruiting is fine and we have the same talant as other sec schools. We will fix the coaching and be back. Has anyone seen the Tebow douchebag video, it is priceless!

UGASlobberknocker

November 10th, 2009
10:54 pm

Hey “Go Vols”..better check and make sure your cuz is on the pill ,too dont ya think?

Griffin

November 10th, 2009
10:54 pm

He will change his mind again on signing day.

Gator in the Hootch

November 10th, 2009
10:55 pm

VolNation…plus….I will take barely winning (9-0) over barely losing any day…and I will take being ranked #1 in the BCS over not even in the BCS picture any day as well. Enjoy dreamland.

Douglas

November 10th, 2009
10:55 pm

Volcard….I lived in Knoxville for 2 years. Yes, it is a beautiful town but the UT stadium had to be one of the oldest and ugliest stadiums I have ever been in. You obviously do not spend your money on your stadium. And UGA has a lot more beautiful women than you will ever find in UT.

VolNation

November 10th, 2009
10:56 pm

Gator in the Hootch

I’ve been to Gainesville, it’s usually where I stop to take a #$%^ and throw away my garbage. Also, I’m tired of hearing about Brantley, like you told me, it hasn’t happened yet, so until he does something, then talk about him.

Maretta

November 10th, 2009
10:56 pm

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The top-notch high school recruits are not encouraged to go to Georgia when they see the uninspired development presently being provided to football players. Why waste a career and their lives like that. People say Richt is too nice; that’s not the problem — he’s over his head; he’s not ready for the top of program bulldog fans want. Georgia can do better and get a competent coach if they make a serious effort. If Evans doesn’t make a change soon, Evans should be changed himself. People say it’s o’kay to have an off-year since Moreno and Stafford have left. But that’s not an option. With the type of talent that has been coming to Georgia every year, there should never be an off-year of this caliber. Richt and his cohorts are over their heads and should go.

General Sherman

November 10th, 2009
10:57 pm

I guess time will tell on Luc. I wouldn’t be against the Vols at this point.

VolCard

November 10th, 2009
10:57 pm

John Brantley is an ill-fit for the spread as many will find next year. Gators still need a running back now that Tebow will be gone next year and judging from his hamstrings this year Mack Brown ain’t it. Again, before the 90’s what was UF? a punching bag is the correct answer. You have your 3 titles UT’s tradition is second to only Bama’s (and no textbook scandals or NCAA penalties). Doesn’t matter Meyer is headed for South Bend next year since Jesus will be gone. You lose your great d next year. Knoxville should be fun for Brantley next year when he visits.

sjt18

November 10th, 2009
10:57 pm

LOL at the buffoon who dissed on Chris Scott. He’s become one of the best OL’s in the SEC and will likely be drafted.

It is also amusing how quickly a kid’s talent diminishes to nothing according to you clowns when he chooses someone else over your teams.

gavol

November 10th, 2009
10:58 pm

Welcome to Big Orange Country Mr. James!!

CBW for LSU

November 10th, 2009
10:59 pm

LOL I’m not a UGA fan but Volcard…comparing Athens and Knoxville is like comparing Paris to Macon. You’ve got to be kidding with that comment. Athens ranks in the top 5 of so many lists for so many reasons…I grew up in NYC and knew of Athens and have a blast everytime I go. And yes…I’ve been to the dumphole where you go to school…Sounds like sour grapes from someone that couldn’t get into UGA.

Go Vols!

November 10th, 2009
10:59 pm

Oh I broke up with my cousin when she left for Knoxville..she put on too much weight and started to paint her face up like a dang Jezebel. Yeee-ha!