Having narrowed his choices from more than 30 scholarship offers down to nine schools that he’ll take under serious consideration has made James Vaughters’ recruiting experience a little more manageable. But it’s still proving to be a difficult process.
“Things are busy right now, but not crazy busy yet,” said Vaughters, a rising senior at Tucker and the No. 1 linebacker in Georgia. “I was supposed to go to Texas [this past] weekend, but it turns out we had a death in the family and instead of going to Austin, we are going to Ohio for the funeral. We’ll reschedule our trip to Texas because I am interested Texas as a school and I would like to see the campus, coaches and facilities.”
Vaughters (6-2, 232) was recently named an Under Armour All-American and will participate in its nationally televised all-star game next January in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Meanwhile, he and his father are taking a methodical, one-by-one look at the nine schools from which he’ll make his decision — Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Southern Cal, Stanford and, of course, Texas.
“I really like what I have seen from all of these schools and it will be tough to narrow it down, but I hope to do that by early summer,” Vaughters said. “I really want to focus on my senior football season and bring another football championship to Tucker.”
Of course, Vaughters is taking Georgia and Georgia Tech under heavy consideration. Both teams are desperately seeking linebacker talent after converting to 3-4 schemes under new defensive coordinators. The Bulldogs are in the middle of spring practice and Tech just started Monday, but Vaughters said it’s unlikely he’ll visit either until this summer. He has been to both campuses many times.
“We’re planning to visit Georgia and Georgia Tech more times to spend time with the new defensive coaches, but probably not while spring practice is going on,” he said. “There’s just a few too many things going on right now to pin down when that would be.”
Vaughters is considered one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation. He’s ranked No. 2 in the country by Scout.com.