Is LB James Vaughters really the top prospect in Atlanta?
I’ve written a couple of things this week about Tucker linebacker James Vaughters, who pared down to five on Wednesday a list of college scholarship choices that started at 35.
I’ve often referred to Vaughters as “the top prospect in Atlanta” and I wouldn’t have written that if I didn’t believe it. His combination of athletic and academic prowess make him tough to beat for that distinction.
But, lest we forget, such things are highly subjective and that’s just my opinion. And there are tons of excellent college football recruitings coming out of Atlanta in the Class of 2011. I can think of five off the top of my head that could be considered “the best in Atlanta.”
- WR Christian Conley, North Paulding: This 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete is one of the metro area’s top play-makers and had more than 800 yards receiving at upstart North Paulding High. He ran a 4.42 40 and was named MVP over Scout combine this spring. He committed to Georgia over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Stanford and Tennessee
- DE Xzavier Dickson, Griffin: All the “big boys” are vying for the services of this athletic 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end. He had 94 tackles and 12 sacks as a juniior last season and actually plays a mean tight end. He has offers from everywhere but right now says he favors Alabama over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida.
- LB A.J. Johnson, Gainesville: Johnson was a tackling machine for the Red Elephants as a junior last season and might be even more of a threat as a rusher from the defensive end position. If Vaughters is 1A among metro linebackers, this 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is 1B. A former Tennessee commitment, he still likes the Vols as well as Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU and Southern Cal.
- CB Damian Swann, Grady: Swann is expected to play cornerback in college but he is truly the consummate “athlete,” playing quarterback and wide receiver on offense and returning kicks on special teams. This 6-foot, 175-pounder has double-figure offers but seems to be struggling between Alabama and Georgia.
- QB C.J. Uzomah, N. Gwinnett: At one point, nobody seemed sure if Uzomah was going to play quarterback in college. But nobody is wondering anymore after he led the Bulldogs to an undefeated regular season and deep into the playoffs. All his double-figure offers are as a quarterback. But at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds — and still growing — the luxury is Uzomah could still play almost anywhere.
Again, that’s just my opinion. Like I said, there are many more choices. And you could even argue what constitutes “Metro Atlanta” and add or take away names depending on your determination.
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