Ten at 10: James Vaughters to reveal his choice at 11 a.m.

THE TEN AT 10:

Tucker LB with his stack of offer letters and recruiting correspondences. (AJC photo)

Tucker LB James Vaughters with his stack of offer letters and recruiting correspondences. (AJC photo by Phil Skinner)

1. A lot of times recruits of the ilk of James Vaughters will talk about how grueling the recruiting process has been and how happy they are to get it over with. Vaughters, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker from Tucker, is the most highly recruited college football prospect in Metro Atlanta with more than 35 scholarship offers. He will put to rest months of speculation today when he announces his college choice from a list of five finalists that includes Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Stanford. But Jonathan Vaughters, James father who has walked hand-in-hand with his son throughout the recruiting process these last two years, says it hasn’t been that bad for them. “Actually,” he said, “we’ve kind of enjoyed it, to tell you the truth.” Vaughters will make the announcement at 11 a.m. this morning at a news conference at Rock Hard Fitness in Tucker, a gym where he has trained since he was 13-years-old. I’ll be there to bring you the news as soon as it’s available.

2. Even though it’s early June, there has been quite a run on commitments lately. In the last week there has been Nick Marshall’s commitment to Georgia, commitments to Georgia Tech from LB Jabari Hunt-Days and OG Shaq Mason, LB Jarvis Jones’ transfer to Georgia from USC, Charone Peake’s commitment to Clemson, and now Vaughters’ decision. Still to come, elite OT Watts Dantzler (6-7, 330) will announce between Auburn and Georgia on Sunday in Dalton. It’s yet another reflection of the sea of change in recruiting, which annually seems to develop earlier and earlier.

3. Scout.com’s Chad Simmons posed a good question to Carver-Columbus’ Isaiah Crowell and Gabe Wright this week: Will Jones’ choice of Georgia influence the fellow Carver products in their final choice of school this year? Depends on which one you ask. Says Wright, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle who has Georgia fourth on his list behind Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee: “He may have seen something I have not seen there lately, so I want to talk to him about everything, find out what he liked about Georgia and see if that helps me too. I would love to play with Jarvis again. . . . It would be great to play three years with him at Georgia.” Said Crowell (6-0, 208), the state’s top running back: “Jarvis’ decision will have nothing to do with mine. Yes, it is cool that he is at Georgia and it would be cool to play with him again, but Dequan Menzie is at Alabama, so I would have someone there too. I can say this: I will probably be going to one of those two schools, so it is nice to know that I have someone I know at each place.”

4. According to reports in the Orlando Sentinel and at GatorBait.net, elite defensive end prospect Jeoffrey Pagan of Asheville, N.C., has downgraded his pledge to the Florida Gators to a “soft commitment.” “I’m a soft verbal,” Pagan told GatorBait. “I’ll have my final decision in August before my senior year so I can focus on our season and my academics.” Georgia, which he recently visited, is among the schools he is also considering, along with Clemson, Ohio State and Southern Cal.

5. Georgia baseball coach David Perno welcomed a trio of junior college transfers who recently signed letters-of-intent with the Bulldogs: Catcher/first baseman Joey Delmonico and infielder Curt Powell of Volunteer State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., and pitcher Bryan Benzor of Atlanta’s Georgia Perimeter College. Delmonico, who hit .403 last season, is the son of former Tennessee baseball coach Rod Delmonico. “Joey, Curt and Bryan are all talented players and have a chance to compete for playing time right away,” Perno said. “Joey and Curt are a couple of excellent hitters who have experienced success in junior college. They are looking forward to playing in the Southeastern Conference. Bryan came on strong as a freshman at Georgia Perimeter and will help our pitching staff.”

6. Mega-prospect James Wilder II of Tampa’s Plant High told the Web site GatorCountry.com he doesn’t see his recruitment going on much longer. “I’m going to make a decision by the end of the summer and focus on the season,” said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Wilder, who wants to play running back in college. “It’s a lot of pressure and I don’t want to keep having to think about [recruiting].”  GatorCountry reported that Wilder, who has upward of 80 offers, is down to Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC. He plans to visit both Georgia and Georgia Tech later this summer.

7. Camilla-Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley downplayed a PalmettoSports.com he may visit Clemson, South Carolina and Wake Forest later this summer. “I may try to get down to Florida, too, and check out some of the other schools that are close to this area,” Scott told the Web site. As for his commitment to UGA, Scott-Wesley told the AJC Thursday morning, “I’m solid. I told the guy [from PalmettoSports] if I had a chance I would visit. But I’m running summer track so I have meets almost every weekend. I will have no time for any visits.” Scott-Wesley, who recently won the 100 meters at the prestigious Golden West Invitation in California, competes in the U.S. track and field state meet today at Westlake High.

8. Nice story on Sandy Creek High graduate Rajion Neal at GoVolsXtra.com, the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Web site. Neal, who signed with Tennessee and enrolled there this week for summer session, is expected to compete for playing time with the Vols this fall. He switched to UT after being a longtime Mississippi State commitment. “It was just the love that coach [Derek] Dooley showed and the man that he was when he sat down and talked with my family,” Neal told Dave Hooker. “I felt like it was a place I could be comfortable at.” With tailback Bryce Brown’s availability still uncertain, the Vols may have to count on Neal for carries.

9. Speaking of Tennessee, the Vols earlier this week offered Stephenson safety Kadetrix Marcus (6-1, 190) after he participated in their summer camp. Marcus is now up to about two dozen scholarship offers.

10. Speaking of Stephenson, running back Willie Davis this past weekend committed to South Florida. I’ll have more on Davis later. For now, I’m off to Tucker to hear the Vaughters’ announcement.

49 comments Add your comment

DOWG

June 17th, 2010
10:02 am

I hope he come to UGA

theTruth

June 17th, 2010
10:12 am

Good luck Mr. Vaughters whomever you choose. Stanford would be a great opportunity academically.

Bubba

June 17th, 2010
10:16 am

DOWG “I hope he come to UGA”…. Don’t look stupid come get my trash…. 5th grade sure was hard

Jim in Ga

June 17th, 2010
10:18 am

I’ll be shocked if Vaughters doesn’t end up at OSU or Stanford.

Tokyo jacket

June 17th, 2010
10:21 am

I don’t think we’ve got a chance, but Vaughters and Wilder would look really good on the flats. But, I think they’re heading to Stanford and UF, respectively.

theTruth

June 17th, 2010
10:22 am

TJ, don’t be suprised if Wilder doesn’t end up at Bama and Crowell to UGA. I would take either.

Blindog

June 17th, 2010
10:24 am

The Dream Team awaits young man,hop aboard and be a part of something special or regret it for the rest of your life. 2010 IS the year of the Dawg!!!

Dawgs97

June 17th, 2010
10:26 am

If it’s about academics, Stanford is the best choice. Which begs the question – why would he go to Ohio State? It’s one of the easiest schools to get into in the country. Stanford has the best academics and the SEC has the best football. So, it SHOULD be a choice between Stanford, Georgia and Bama. (Georgia is the best of all worlds – great academics and great football in the SEC)>

GTax

June 17th, 2010
10:27 am

Vaughters to Stanford…it’s no surprise.

I will be shoked as well if he goes somewhere else. But it has to be Stanford.

GTax

June 17th, 2010
10:28 am

Chip, Rivals.com says Wilder is visiting GT very soon. Could be this weekend maybe.

Moops

June 17th, 2010
10:30 am

Vaughters will be at either Stanford or OSU. Probably Stanford. Can’t blame him. Best of luck!

Wilder will most likely end up at UF and he will most likely end up as a LB. He’s a stud RB, but most people project him to defense as he keeps growing, and has more upside there.

It will go down to the wire for Crowell between UGA and UA. Hard to tell at this point, and knowing 18yr olds, it’ll change by the day.

Wright will most likely not end up in Athens. But landing Jones helps, and him getting to see games with the new defense in action might help. I think he winds up at AU personally.

Dantzler will be a dawg on Sunday. That’s the worst kept secret in america.

snory snory

June 17th, 2010
10:30 am

I’ll be shocked if a dog fan can wtie a comment with proper spelling and grammar.

T3

June 17th, 2010
10:30 am

Wasnt Vaughters originally a very solid Stanford commitment?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 17th, 2010
10:30 am

aside from Jarvis, who was the last Carver-Columbus athlete to commit to UGA??? I might be over-analyzing, but it seems like ever since that little “tift” between the coaches from both schools has caused a little disdain towards UGA. Judging by Wright’s & Crowell’s comments, doesn’t sound like UGA is too high on their list. Thoughts??

Hey Bubba,

June 17th, 2010
10:31 am

It was probably a typo, much like your lack of punctuation b/w two sentences. My kid learned that before starting elementary…

Moops

June 17th, 2010
10:35 am

Noisewater – It’s been a while since UGA has had anybody from down there. Here is an excerpt from a Scout.com article about that subject:

“In fact, Georgia hasn’t had a top talent from Carver since Jasper Sanks committed to the Dawgs in early 1997. From Sanks forward Georgia has struggled at Carver, and in the Columbus area in general. Maybe the recruiting struggles of the Dawgs at Carver are a bit overblown, but players from that school have signed with Maryland, Ole Miss, Illinois, Alabama and both Clemson and Auburn twice since Sanks left… yet no silver britches for anyone other than Bruce Figgins. In fact, Georgia didn’t have a scholarship player from Columbus on their team from 2003 until Figgins joined the team in 2007.

The third-most populous area of the state… no players for four years – Wow. “

rduck

June 17th, 2010
10:35 am

We would love to have a great player of your talent come to Tech and play on the flats James. You are a special athelete with a great head on your shoulders. Best of luck to you wherever you choose young man. Go Jackets!!

Dawg House

June 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Of course I hope James picks UGA… But best of luck wherever he decides.

79 days til we tee it up between the hedges!!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

Moops

June 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Hopefully the coaches now realize they need to make that area a focus and put more efforts in there. The “burns” incident last summer didn’t help, but I think they’ve smoothed over that rift now. However, their coach McGee is an AU guy. So, no matter what, it’s always going to be an uphill battle at Carver in particular. Hopefully this will open the doors down there, and having an overhauled staff will help.

Jim in Ga

June 17th, 2010
10:38 am

snory snory, are you the pot or the kettle?

snory snory

June 17th, 2010
10:40 am

Georgia has great academics and I am the queen of england….

Recruiting

June 17th, 2010
10:42 am

UGA needs one more big time linebacker to go along with the many that they have right now( Jarvis included ) and a big, big time, fast running back. After that ………… we need about 4 defensive linemen and about 4 or 5 offensive linemen.

Frankly, with average running backs and good to great receivers and a solid, smart QB, and both sides of the line being tough, UGA can end up fine, for some time to come. Need linemen and more linemen. Cannot get enough of these guys. Alabama, LSU and UT and even Florida always seem to have rugged, big strong linemen ……………Kevin Butler talked about this on his post game Bulldog show.

john

June 17th, 2010
10:42 am

A national championship ring or a degree from one of the top schools in the nation? To me this is an easy choice, you go for the degree. It’s unfortunate that the kids do not recognize the value of a top notch degree and often receive poor advice from their parents and loved ones.

A very small % of the student athletes go on to make a living in professional athletics. If the athlete is good, then he will have his chance regardless of where he goes to school.

The ring will collect dust over the years and perhaps be a topic of discussion on the front porch as time moves forward. A top degree opens doors for life.

Glory Glory

June 17th, 2010
10:43 am

Do you Tech morons really think a pro-calibar RB would want to play for “Manboobs” and his High School Spread?? Just to end up like Jonathan Dwyer at the # 900-something pick??

Idiots.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 17th, 2010
10:51 am

thanks for the info Moops. that’s amazing it’s been that long and even worse- Jasper Sanks never really lived up to the hype.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

June 17th, 2010
10:54 am

good luck to him even if he chooses tech , probably OSU though.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

June 17th, 2010
10:57 am

Hope for the best with Vaughters but it’s Crowell I’m really hoping signs with CMR and my dawgs !!

LOL

June 17th, 2010
10:57 am

Degrees are worthless these days…

dap01

June 17th, 2010
10:57 am

I wonder if it is a NCAA infraction when GT has to give the extra bodyguards and protection for the visiting recruits on GT campus.

Also, is it an infraction to give extra tictets to families of GT recruits? The value of a ticket is so low……

ATL

June 17th, 2010
11:00 am

Bubba- are you there to correct other people’s mistakes?

no dog

June 17th, 2010
11:02 am

Hey glory….what is this fascination you have with Johnson’s boobs? Are we a little gay there? And, do you mean the “high school spread” that produced the 2nd highest rushing yards in The country last year, a conference championship, and a BCS bowl? (While your mediocre doggies were in Shreveport and ranked nowhere? Is that the one you mean? Glory, my azz…looks like another preseason championship for you and your “dream team.

Savannah Jacket

June 17th, 2010
11:03 am

……..and Jasper just fumbled again. you definitely need him back in pads, maybe he has a little brother.

Pull My Finger

June 17th, 2010
11:05 am

no dog: yeah, that would be the 2nd in the state high school spread.

DAWG 1

June 17th, 2010
11:06 am

Dawgs 97 – If I recall correctly, Vaughters has a lot of family in Ohio. I don’t think he is coming to Athens, but I would be elated if he did. GO DAWGS!

Jim in Ga

June 17th, 2010
11:13 am

Moops, it’s tough for UGA to get recruits out of Columbus. AU is right down the road and has a heavy presence in the area.

smoore54

June 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Stanford as we suspected.

Great, great opportunity for the kid. Wish him the best of lucky on the field and in the classroom!

Not Shocked

June 17th, 2010
11:18 am

Reality Stinks

June 17th, 2010
11:19 am

With those schools looking at him

Tech can go ahead and crank up the car and head on out, their party is over

Bulldog59

June 17th, 2010
11:20 am

Vaughters took Stanford. No surprise.

Reality Stinks

June 17th, 2010
11:23 am

Guess his goal is not to play in the NFL he will be forgotten out there at that mediocre football school would have at least thought AL

ryan

June 17th, 2010
11:29 am

Dantzler will be a Dawg what UGA needs is a DE and CB l believe will land Drew or Dixon. D. Swann will be a Dawg.

Bulldog59

June 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Dantzler is announcing on Father’s Day to honor his recently deceased father, who played at UGA from 71-73. Looks like a “get” for UGA.

Meltdown Mike n StoneMTN

June 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

Aaaah this is a tough day for this dawg fan! The dream team
was just that – - – A dream. Richt needs to get busy!

Duh!!

June 17th, 2010
12:39 pm

snory snory, you probably are a queen but defineitely not the queen of England

Hmm...

June 17th, 2010
1:42 pm

This point seems lost in the Vaughter’s selection shuffle, but it seems interesting.

Question for the Georgia fans: what do you folks make of the Camilla WR’s continued flirtations with other programs per point #7 above?

UGA TO THE DEATH OF ME!..

June 17th, 2010
3:04 pm

We Are Focusing On Our DEFENSE If U Haven’t Noticed…We Signed Alot Of OG’s and OT’s Last Year…We Have OT Brent Benedict, C Chris Burnette, OL Kenarious Gates, OT Kolton Houston,
OG Dallas Lee, OL Austin Long, OG Josh Parrish, That’s 7 Offensive Linemen In UGA’s Interchangeable Offense That Are Classified As Freshmen Either Red-shirted or Pure Freshmen…We Will Add Maybe 3 More…(Watts Dantzler,Xzavier Ward, ???) Alot Of The Quote On Quote ELITE Linemen Are Out Of State…Brandon Shell (SC)..Bobby Hart (FL)..
Antonio Richardson(TN)

THWGT!!!

June 17th, 2010
3:49 pm

snory snory – that post was just too funny, it made my day. Now you go back to school and pay attention in your spelling class. Sarcasm is not your long suit.

THWGT!!!

Red Dog 77

June 18th, 2010
12:44 am

UGA gets Wilder or Crowell, not both………We win either way !!! GO DOGS ! SIC’ ‘EM WOOF…..WOOF……..WOOF !!!!!!!

English Teacher

June 21st, 2010
11:55 am

Time to look up synonyms for “elite”.