Tech, UGA make James Vaughters’ cut to final five

Tucker’s James Vaughters has narrowed his list of college choices — which peaked at 35 — down to a final five.

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The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker told me during a visit to his Stone Mountain home Wednesday afternoon that it’s down to (alphabetically) Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Stanford. That means Florida, North Carolina and Southern Cal, who made Vaughters’ last cut down to eight, are now eliminated from contention for the top college football prospect in Atlanta.

Vaughters called coaches from the three cut schools Wednesday night. He will now focus all his energy and attention on his five finalists and hopes to have a decision “by the end of summer, if not sooner.”

“All of them have what I’m looking for in terms of football and academics,” said Vaughters, a 4.0 student.

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Vaughters was asked to summarize his attraction to each school:

  • Alabama: “Alabama won the national championship last year. After my visit I was most impressed with their program and how much focus is put on football there. You can see how serious they are about football just by being there, being in the dorms and meeting the players. Physically, the weight program there is probably one of the best I’ve seen.”
  • Georgia: “Georgia is always high on my list because I’m around so many Georgia fans here in Tucker. It’s SEC football, which is seen as the highest stage in the NCAA. And they seem to be looking to get all the top players in Georgia to put together a team that can win a national championship. Their Dream Team concept makes sense to me.”
  • Georgia Tech: “Georgia Tech is definitely a very good academic institution. Recently, I’ve moved away from business a little and I really like architecture and that’s engineering. It’s a school that’s close to home. I don’t see it as a problem to be close to my family and some of my friends.”
  • Ohio State: “Naturally I’m a little biased toward Ohio State because I was raised as a fan [both parents are natives and much family still lives there]. After winning the Rose Bowl this year, they showed they have success consistently. Out of all my final schools, I’d say I’m most comfortable with coach Jim Tressel as far as being there the whole time there. He seems to be really attached to the state of Ohio and the school.”
  • Stanford: “Stanford is a football program that seems to be moving in a very positive direction. I really like their new defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio. He’s been coaching linebackers for 25 years and I feel like I connected with him very well. That’s an example of being at a top academic institution combined with a staff that knows what it takes to get to the NFL.”

I’ve been working on a feature story on Vaughters — specifically on his national recruitment, which has taken him to the West Coast four times, the Midwest twice and all over the Southeast — that is slated to run in the Friday newspaper.

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135 comments Add your comment

TheRock

May 20th, 2010
5:24 am

He will be a bulldog.Do I get a tropy for bein first?

Bill Smith

May 20th, 2010
5:29 am

Bamafan

May 20th, 2010
6:14 am

I bet it comes down to the dawgs and stanford with the home team winning out!! RTR

Frank

May 20th, 2010
6:36 am

GATA!!!

THWGT!!!!

Bulldog59

May 20th, 2010
6:49 am

Strong ties to Ohio State. Let’s hope he wants to be part of this new D and the stellar class of 2011.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 20th, 2010
7:00 am

Come to Athens!! Like you said, “The Dream Team concept makes sense”. That includes YOU…….

OR, you could go to Tech and continue playing Thursday NIght High School Football for the next 3-4 years.

Your Choice…………

tHwgt

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like a Fox

May 20th, 2010
7:15 am

football, academics and architecture,Tech Bound.

dawgjammin

May 20th, 2010
7:23 am

football, academics, architecture, and the desire to be held up at gun point on N. Avenue, Tech Bound!

Its between UGA and OSU. Coach Grantham needs to be in this kids house daily. If Vaughters wants some sugar sprinkled on his rice crispies in the morning grantham should be there to do it.

Decatur Tech Fan

May 20th, 2010
7:24 am

Tucker, Athens, and Saban….I aint holdin my breath on this one. Good Luck wherever ya go kid!!!!!

Tokyo jacket

May 20th, 2010
7:42 am

I hope GT lands him. It will be a sign that Groh is ready to reel in the whales at Tech. He did it at UVA with less football tradition and lesser facilities than at Tech. He also needs to flash the superbowl rings on the recruiting trail.

By the way, I hope if we don’t get him that UGA does. I’m tired of our talent getting poached out of GA.

Ropedawg

May 20th, 2010
7:42 am

Sounds like a kid with his priorities in line and a good head on his shoulders. Hope he comes to Athens, but I wish him luck wherever he chooses.

Tokyo jacket

May 20th, 2010
7:42 am

Sorry, superbowl ring, not rings.

suwaneedawg

May 20th, 2010
7:44 am

Geogia bound because of the 3-4 defense. This is going to attract players like this young man because he can shine.

Ogre

May 20th, 2010
8:03 am

Sadly I think Vaughters is headed out of state to either OSU or Stanford. Hopefully UGA can pull this one in b/c he will be a beast.

VA DAWG

May 20th, 2010
8:04 am

Let’s not kid ourselves, he’s headed to either OSU or Stanford. Hopefully the latter of the two. As much as I would like to see him take the field in silver britches. Good luck to the kid wherever he ends up…he’s needs to pick whats best for him, not us. GO DAWGS!

RollTide

May 20th, 2010
8:07 am

Vaughters just remember that regardless of how much talent UGA gets they only have one National Championship in over 100 years of football (yeah, I know they claim two…but do your own research outside of Athens and you’ll see they only have one). That one year came because of one offensive threat – Hershel Walker. So, if you go there you are declaring a) National titles aren’t really important to me. b) Academics aren’t really important (who really puts UGA up there academically? Have you researched the Jan Kemp scandal or the Harrick, Jr. scandal over there in Athens?) c) UGA almost always lands top five recruiting classes but how often do they actually finish in the top 5? What once since 1990? d) Will Richt even survive the season? If UGA loses 4 or 5 games this year with UF seriously down and UT in shambles…Richt just may be on a serious “hot seat” so read this weeks posts on that topic. But realize the Dawg fans will reply to this post in complete denial of this possibility.

I want even mention Georgia Tech. Sure they have four national titles but that is far fewer than Bama. They play in the ACC – enough said.

CW

May 20th, 2010
8:08 am

It’s simple, if he wants to be an architect he’ll go to tech. He if he wants to win a NC he’ll go to Alabama. If he wants to be in the NFL, he’ll go to Georgia. His choice

CW

May 20th, 2010
8:09 am

Rolltide, Get a life. I can’t believe you could afford a computer in that trailer

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 20th, 2010
8:09 am

good to see he doesn’t buy into the UF/USC crap. Good luck wherever he goes!!

RollTide

May 20th, 2010
8:09 am

Hey CW, I finally made it in life. It’s a double wide

Morrus

May 20th, 2010
8:13 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

GatorJacket

May 20th, 2010
8:17 am

RollTide,
Funny you tell UGA fans to do the research on the 2 national titles when you really have probably 8 legit national championships. Have you done the research for the 13 you claim to have? Here is a nice You Tube clip that goes through each for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAbBwfDr6_s

Let me know your count once you watch it…and there are multiple articles besides this that will back this up, too.

…and good luck to Vaughters wherever he chooses to go!

rduck

May 20th, 2010
8:19 am

Would love to see what this kid could do under Coach Groh. It would be a huge pickup for Tech and he could play early and often. Seems like a bright young man with his priorities in line. I hope to see him in the white and gold. Good luck to you young man wherever you choose to go..

76-Dawg

May 20th, 2010
8:22 am

I graduated UGA in 1976 and it amazes me to this day that with approx. 35000 full time or part time students that UGA still doesn’t have a school of Architecture or Engineering. I think this year is the 1st year that Medical school of Georgia will be in Athens but I don’t know if they are affiliated with UGA. If we had these majors it would make straight A student recruits, like Mr. Vaughters decision a lot easier.

BULLDOGMANIAC

May 20th, 2010
8:23 am

James, The SEC OWNS Ohio State!!
Come be part of the National Championship team that UGA is putting together!

RollTide Makes Me Proud....

May 20th, 2010
8:24 am

…to be a Georgia Bulldawg…when a rival fan is that obsessed with us and takes that much effort on a blog to boot…Thank You, from the bottom of my heart…Somebody needs to take his meds…

BAMA Fan

May 20th, 2010
8:27 am

Can’t see him at gt. Too many nerds and will not enjoy the entire college experience. gt > ua in tradition and facilities isn’t saying too much.

My cash is on UA or UGA. I hope he doesn’t buy into the Dream Team concept and CTG’s high energy defense. Come to BAMA. Sure you will have to sit a couple of years cause we are so loaded. But in the end you know that is where you should be.

yeah c'mone

May 20th, 2010
8:28 am

Here comes the alabamer beggers on here, yet again. You pansys forgot how to play football over there? You are beginning to sound like the tenneshe fans, with all that begging. Get a life sucka!

UGA Faithful

May 20th, 2010
8:35 am

actually there has been much discussion of UGA having an engineering school, of course tech is complaining that it will only take away their prospective students but who cares? maybe vaughters can come to UGA and the program will be in place within a couple of years for him to get an engineering degree. if thats what he truely wants and he plans on staying four years (including redshirt) then if UGA doesnt have an better engineering program they will not be his choice. but if he wants a business degree or isnt planning on getting a full degree, UGA might have a chance. my bet is ohio state, too much family connections and his relationship with tressel says it all.

CT_Jacket

May 20th, 2010
8:48 am

76- Dawg, Georgia Tech is the University System of Georgia’s college of engineering and architecture. There just isn’t enough demand for more. GT draws a lot of its students from the NE due to the affordability and hopes they stay south to continue building the new economy. I wish there were more U.S. students interested in engineering. The U.S. has to fill many of it’s engineering schools, especially graduate programs, with students from China, India, Malaysia, etc. I know Dawg fans like to call us nerds, but engineers are desperately needed for the high tech jobs of today and the future.

Back to football, I’m glad that an excellent student-athlete of Vaughters’ caliber is getting so much interest.

suwaneedawg

May 20th, 2010
8:48 am

what a great school, time to come back to reality, if a GT fan can possibly do that trick. Why, of the 5 schools he picked, why is a GT fan speaking smack. Even in our bad year we kicked your arse and you have the nads to talk bad of UGA and UA? WOW, you truly are ignorant.

UGA Engineering?

May 20th, 2010
8:51 am

If you think GATech was complaining about the engineering program at UGA taking applicants, you are seriously dillusional. With a top 10 ranking in all engineering majors and a business school that is higher ranked, all students serious about education would not even look at UGA.

1eyedJack

May 20th, 2010
8:53 am

He will join teammates Chris Sanders and Justin Garrett at UGA.

Or not.

destin dawg

May 20th, 2010
8:55 am

live in metro Atlanta, play in the ACC. with 20.000 empty seats, ???? come to a great college town (Athens), play in the SEC. new energy in their coaching, get a good education !!! good luck on your important decision…. Go Dawgs !!

brick

May 20th, 2010
8:59 am

RollTide, its not too late, we can still win a championship for 2001 and 2007, if just one person decides to make a list, afterall thats how Bama claims several of their championships ,some in years they didn’t even win the SEC. Maybe half you claim are legit. But if any kid wants to risk being run off if he gets hurt, doesn’t develope as expected or not question the extra 30 books he receives then Bama is the place for him. Vaughters won’t go to Bama, kid has some character and ethics about him.

OC_Dawg

May 20th, 2010
9:02 am

I really hope he picks the Dawgs, but I have a feeling OSU will get him…hope I’m wrong.

SecIsFootball

May 20th, 2010
9:09 am

brick….remind me how many players get arrested on average each year since Richt became the head coach? So…dont come on here and talk about character issues when we all know how badly UGA fans dread picking up the newspaper during the off season. Its that whole glass house and throwing stones analogy. And if all you can come up with are free text books, I am ok with that. Last I check, BAMA is the reigning National Champs. Been a long time since you have been able to say such a thing.

That said…Vaughters seems to really be looking to leave the state. He certainly cannot go wrong with any in his top 5. But, if he wants to compete for a national title his best bet will be either on BAMA or OSU. Both are set up to be competing for that for the next several years.

Simba Bop

May 20th, 2010
9:12 am

UGA would be lucky to have him. Should be an interesting summer recruiting these beasts from the 2011 in state class. Hope all the good ones stay home.

Jim in Ga

May 20th, 2010
9:17 am

RollTide, I believe Alabam claims 12 but in reality only a handful are legit (yes, still more than Ga) Ultimately, I think the kid lands at OSU and their LB tradition.

1eyedJack

May 20th, 2010
9:18 am

Does he have a cousin or BFF we could offer?

CDAWG

May 20th, 2010
9:32 am

I hope CMR read the comment by Vaughters when he was talking about Bama’s weight program. That is one area that we need to improve on. Now with that being said, CMR gets it and has got the momentum bus rolling. What’s that song “Rolling” I think it goes something like this “Rolling, Rolling down the Gators.”

Fillin' up @ Juniors

May 20th, 2010
9:33 am

haha 1eyedjack, good one. Love to see this kid at GT, but you are fighting some tough competition in Ohio State, UA, and UGA… The advantage of Tech is he would play in the ACC where his skill will show. four star type kids who go to tech almost always end up in the pros because they get on the field. There are countless four star kids who end up at UA, UGA, and Ohio state and never get a chance to show off because they loose out on the practice field or get exposed against tough competition…its a shame but its the truth…I see this kid ending up at Ohio State though. It’s tough to bet against the family angle even if GT is a better fit for him if he wishes to go pro… Best of luck, James where ever you end up…

76-Dawg

May 20th, 2010
9:34 am

CT-Jacket Thanks for clearing that up for me. My twin brother graduated GT with a 3.93 average and when I was going to UGA I visited him frequently. Even though I am all bulldog anyone graduating from GT has my total respect unlike some of the UGA fan on this blog.

Flagboy

May 20th, 2010
9:35 am

I love your picture James…. Come to GT, You & I could have a lot of fun together IYKWIM ;-) ….Flagboy…

Fillin' up @ Juniors

May 20th, 2010
9:37 am

I wish we wouldn’t bash UGA education so openly. I mean I do it with my UGA friends, but in all honesty a UGA education is not crap. Its not a Tech degree either business, engineering or otherwise, but its not crap either…I must say I like this kid for picking stanford over USC in his last cut, shows character.

CDAWG

May 20th, 2010
9:40 am

76-Dawg I agree with you, I have family members that have gone to Tech. I like to see Tech do well in every game but one.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

May 20th, 2010
9:43 am

4.0 student and lights out on the football field. He has to like the new system and D coaches at UGA.

Dream team !!!

VA DAWG

May 20th, 2010
9:44 am

If anyone knows their history, they will know that tech’s engineering program actually started at UGA and was given to tech back in the 1910’s or 20’s (can’t remember the specific dates). Also, UGA does have a engineering major – biological engineering, very helpful those of us in the medical field or future doctors. Just FYI and don’t forget Nathaniel Edwin Harris.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 20th, 2010
9:45 am

If this guy is serious about his education his top 3 would be Stanford, GA Tech, and Ohio St.

Joey

May 20th, 2010
9:50 am

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah, etc. A Bama fan mentioning Jan Kemp and Harrick.

Alabama’s tradition is as rich in probations as it is in championships. Doesn’t matter who the coach is. Win a title, go on probation. Win a title, go on probation. Etc, etc, etc.