Ten@10: Uncertainty of Stanford’s future has James Vaughters weighing options, including Tech

THE TEN AT 10:

1. AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters said he would have to reconsider his options if Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh leaves for another job and one of those options would be Georgia Tech.

Vaughters, a 6-3, 230-pound outside linebacker from Tucker, has been committed to the Cardinal since June. He has remained steadfastly pledged to the program despite rampant rumors attaching Harbaugh’s name to potential head coaching positions in the NFL and at other colleges. But Vaughters is starting to waver ever so slightly as we head into the New Year.

“I’ve talked to a lot of the other commits,” Vaughters said. “Basically, the way we’re looking at it is if he stays we’re good. But a lot of us still like [Stanford] minus Coach Harbaugh, too. We all like the school and they’ve put together a good class. So I’m just not sure right now. It’s hard to ignore that he’s won more games there than any other coach.”

The Cardinal arrived in Miami Wednesday to play Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Harbaugh was peppered by media with questions about his interest in several job openings but declined to comment, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “I only talk about the job I have now,” Harbaugh said.

“I’ve heard a lot of stuff,” Vaughters said. “I’ve heard he’s going to Michigan, I’ve heard he’s going to the NFL. A lot of people are saying a lot of different things. But you don’t know how much there is to it.

Vaughters said Georgia Tech coaches have remained in contact throughout the fall and want to have an in-home visit with him. To this point he said he has not met with them in person but he said he is considering it. Vaughters said he would also have to consider Ohio State, which finished second to Stanford at the time of his commitment, Florida and “maybe Miami” if he decided to re-open his recruitment.

2. Another elite recruited committed elsewhere remains on Georgia Tech’s radar. Monroe Area defensive end Stephon Tuitt, a four-star prospect who committed to Notre Dame in September, took a visit to Auburn earlier this month and is considering an official visit to The Flats in January, according to IrishSportsDaily.com.

“I’m still committed to Notre Dame, but I am looking around,” Tuitt told ISD. “. . . Another school would have to knock me off my feet to get me to change my mind. If they did that I have a feeling I’d move them to the top. I just have to make sure about my decision, because signing day is right around the corner.”

3. Despite landing its 17th commitment recently — linebacker Tyler Marcordes of Normal, Ill. — it appears Georgia Tech’s has plenty of room for some of these major recruits. A total of 10 players have left the program for reasons other than graduation or exhaustion of eligibility in 2010, according to JacketsOnline.com. The good news is that leaves them with just 62 returning letterman for next season.That means they could sign as many as 23 players in the current class. One of their current commitments, OL Trey Braun of Tallahassee, Fla., will enroll next month.

4. Speaking of elite recruits, several of the top ones in Georgia are expected to make their college decisions in early January. AJC Super 11 DB Damian Swann of Grady, AJC Super 11 DE Xzavier Dickson of Griffin, RB Quan Bray of Troup and WR Malcolm Mitchell of Valdosta at or shortly after national all-star games over the next week or so, according to various Internet reports. Bray, Dickson and Mitchell are among 10 Georgians playing in the Under Armour All-America Game next week in Florida. Swann is playing in the U.S. Army All-America game on Jan. 8 in San Antonio.

5. Taylor Heinicke recently committed to Old Dominion, but he may soon find himself with even more offers after his performance in the GACA North-South All-Star Classic on Wednesday in Columbus.  The Collins Hill quarterback earned MVP honors while leading the North to a 22-0 victory. Heineke completed 22-of-26 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Heineke (6-1, 185) established a Gwinnett County record when he passed for more than 4,194 yards and 45 touchdowns this past season.

Scoring off his aerials were Carrollton’s Broderick Snoddy, a Georgia Tech commitment, North Gwinnett’s C.J. Uzomah, an Auburn commitment, and South Gwinnett’s Kent Rollins, a quarterback who played receiver in the game and hauled in a 64-yard pass.

6. Kitray Solomon, an all-state defensive end from Baldwin, was named South’s MVP. He had two sacks. . . . M.L. King’s DeMarco Robinson, a Kentucky commitment, led all receivers with 83 yards on five catches. Valdosta tight end Jay Rome had 6 for 34 and teammate Malcolm Mitchell added four for 25. . . . There’s a full report in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

7. I haven’t yet had a chance to catch up with Whitewater running back Josh Clemons, but the three-star prospect committed to Kentucky on Christmas, according to CatsPause.com. Clemons (5-11, 200), the AJC’s Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year, had over 3,000 career yards rushing. He chose the Wildcats over Maryland, Mississippi State and Northwestern.

8. One of the reasons Clemons cited for choosing Kentucky is his relationship with new assistant coach Steve Pardue. Pardue, the longtime head coach at LaGrange High, joined the Wildcats’ staff earlier this month. While under Pardue’s tutelage, LaGrange was known as a Kentucky recruiting pipeline. Six former Grangers are currently on the Kentucky roster. Other notables Pardue sent UK’s way include All-SEC linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Braxton Kelley. The question now is if LaGrange will continue to be a UK pipeline without Pardue there to open the valve.

9. Georgia State currently has two public commitments and one signee. CB D’Mario Gunn of  Locust Grove signed a letter-of-intent on Dec. 15 and will transfer from Georgia Military College in January.  The Panthers also have commitments from WR Nick Henderson of Roswell and DE Roderick Thompson of Mays.

10. THIS & THAT: Bailey, the UGA football commitment, apparently is pretty good at basketball, too. The 6-5, 250-pound had 11 points and 17 rebounds in East Hall’s victorious championship game in the Lanierland tournament last week. . . . Nick Waisome pulled a switcheroo over the holidays, de-committing from Florida and committing to Florida State, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  At one time he was considering Georgia. . . . Another postseason high school all-star game to keep your eye on is the inaugural AT&T Rising Seniors Bowl. The game for current juniors will be played Jan. 8 at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. . . . LB Kent Turene of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., is slated to visit UGA on Jan. 21, according to Dawgs247.com. The website also reports that Georgia leads for LB Ramik Wilson of Tampa.

201 comments Add your comment

USMCDAWG

December 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Good Job Chip!

bringbacknorthcampustailgating

December 30th, 2010
10:13 am

It’s about time Chip!

baloney

December 30th, 2010
10:19 am

Anymore facebook messages for us today? I love good gossip.

matt ray

December 30th, 2010
10:22 am

Kevin Gough is in the pen15 club

Sandman053

December 30th, 2010
10:23 am

Chip, I’ve had withdrawa;s. Welcome back!

Sandman053

December 30th, 2010
10:23 am

It should be withdrawals…

GStateBen

December 30th, 2010
10:24 am

Thanks Chip for the Georgia State love! I’m updating our front page at http://www.PantherTalk.com every Tuesday with Panther football recruiting nuggets for those interested.

Happy New Year!

NCAA

December 30th, 2010
10:27 am

How is trading for tattoos at OSU different than free drinks at a bar near UT? Does anyone think the bar owner was giving free alcohol to players to attract the UT fan base to his bar? VIOLATION!

JESUP

December 30th, 2010
10:28 am

Tech Fan Since 1950

December 30th, 2010
10:32 am

Thank you Chip for the Tech coverage. We sure need some 3-4 type linebackers and defensive ends.

1eyedJack

December 30th, 2010
10:36 am

Welcome back Chip. I was getting tired of leftovers.

The Bees Nees

December 30th, 2010
10:40 am

I know it isn’t likely to happen, but if those two decided to come to Tech that would absolutely boster this class. Come on boys give Tech a chance.

jarvis

December 30th, 2010
10:43 am

These young men have such a hard time seeing past today. Harbaugh won’t be at Stanford for 4 more years even if he stays this year.

Coaching is important, but I don’t think a kid should make it their top priority. Too many things change.

Look at the SEC, Richt has the most tunure at all 12 schools, and it is only a decade. Chances are he won’t be there in a couple of years.

Rocket City Jacket

December 30th, 2010
10:48 am

Chip: One thing to add is that Vaughters mentioned that tOSU tied with GT for “second” when he committed to Stanford. I am not sure if he will reconsider if Harbaugh leaves, but I really hope we land 2 of four between Byers, Tuitt, Cooper, and Vaughters. If we did, I really love this defensive class.

Darius Caldwell, Tremayne (sp?) McNair, Hunt-Days, Tre Jackson, Dominique Noble, Chaz Cheeks, Darren Waller, and any 2 of the four mentioned above would be one of the sickest defensive halls GT has ever had in a single year.

matt ray

December 30th, 2010
10:52 am

We desperately need the help on D

RRTDawgs

December 30th, 2010
10:54 am

Hey Chip any chance James Vaughters considers UGA again and how is it looking for UGA and John Jenkins glad see you back Chip .

Sandman053

December 30th, 2010
10:55 am

Morning RRT. I think we are gonna have to wait on Jenkins to take his official visits. But I’d say we are in the lead.

RCJ II

December 30th, 2010
10:56 am

2nd that Rocket City Jacket, we need these players BIGTIME!

Fire Paul Johnson

December 30th, 2010
10:58 am

It’s sad that Tech has so many scholarships left and is settling for leftovers like Laskey, Marcordes and Snoddy.

Chip, can you list the 10 players who have left GT this season for reasons other than graduation or exhaustion of eligibility?

Thank you for the informative post.

RC in Va

December 30th, 2010
11:00 am

Has the definition of commit, committed, or commitment changed? “I’m still committed to Notre Dame, but I am looking around,” Tuitt told ISD.
Please don’t tell my wife that I’m still committed to her, but I am looking around.

Score Check

December 30th, 2010
11:01 am

If he switches to gt then he needs to be careful of potential robberies/muggings that are a trademark of in the City of Atlanta cesspool.

Sandman053

December 30th, 2010
11:02 am

Score not just there…you read the story about the girl that got raped at the Tech game in Shreveport?

RRTDawgs

December 30th, 2010
11:05 am

Thanks Sandman053 the NT position is the most need in this entire class that UGA’s needs .

layinlow

December 30th, 2010
11:08 am

If Harbaugh were truly committed to Stanford he could just end all speculation immediately. But what does he say when questioned about his future- “I only want to talk about the job I have NOW”. Translation, I”m waiting for a better gig to open up!! Stanford has a top ten recruitng class and they are open season for other schools coaches because Harbaugh will definently be gone soon.

Sandman053

December 30th, 2010
11:08 am

Yeah I agree. I’d still like to have a bigger secondary, since hitman has done everything but.

Why Can't Paul Johnson Win a Bowl Game?

December 30th, 2010
11:09 am

Any recruit that considers joining us on the Flats needs to realize most of our good recruits came from the Coach Chan Gailey years, Coach Paul Johnson has been a flop – especially in the recruiting arena and bowl game performances.

Still ticked about scoring SEVEN points against one of the service academies. Pathetic!

Sandman053

December 30th, 2010
11:14 am

Yeah the passing game can’t wait until the game is on the line.

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matt ray

December 30th, 2010
11:23 am

It is completely and utterly classless for you to bring up a young girl getting raped on a recruiting blog. Especially when it happened in Louisiana where the perpetrator resides, having NOTHING to do with Tech or recruiting. Sandman do the world a favor and go play in traffic.

Sandman053

December 30th, 2010
11:25 am

It was a tie-in to crime. period. I certainly feel sorry for the victim in this case and the perpetrator ought to be fed to the gators

just the truth

December 30th, 2010
11:27 am

Ex GT running back, Joe Burns is the one putting on the Rising Seniors game at Hallford Stadium. Should be a great game to watch.

Einsteindawg

December 30th, 2010
11:28 am

Happy New Year Chip! How serious is Quan Bray’s interest in UGA? I think he’s a better fit than Crowell.

UGA REDNECKS

December 30th, 2010
11:29 am

Gt will always settle for the hand me down players like snoddy and the kid outta ill….it’s a fact. Im a huge gt fan and it saddend me.

matt ray

December 30th, 2010
11:33 am

If he switches to uga then he needs to be careful of a potential life after college reminiscing about his “glory days” that consisted of four years of mediocrity if he goes to the real cesspool.

Okeefe/Bob

December 30th, 2010
11:42 am

I’m most concerned about Vad Lee out of Carolina.This kid is really good and could help us forget about J Nesbit.I don’t quite understand why he is listed as a wide receiver not a QB.I am nervous about his commitment,he was recently named player of the year in N C by the AP after he won a state championship.Does he want to be triple option QB?

Buzzzed

December 30th, 2010
11:47 am

Promise all these high profile recruits instant starting time. The current players aren’t getting the job done.

JT

December 30th, 2010
11:50 am

I’m so tired of these guys who are supposedly “committed”, but still taking visits “looking around” for another school to “knock me off my feet”. If you are doing that then you are NOT committed.

Hooch Fan

December 30th, 2010
11:53 am

go Tech

December 30th, 2010
11:54 am

tech has lost 6 bowl games in a row dont blame cpj but for 3 ccg lost his last 3 won 2 of 6

RRTDawgs

December 30th, 2010
11:58 am

Domino’s will start next week for UGA X. Dickson is ready to decide and also Quan Bray will choose it will be fun go dawgs .

RxDawg

December 30th, 2010
11:58 am

1. It’s too bad he doesn’t consider UGA more. He was on my wish list for a long time. Good student and player. UGA needs some men of his caliber.

2. Uhoh, looks like Auburn is trying to get him on the payroll too. Of course after what Notre Name did with that rape scandal and all those underage players getting caught drinking, it doesn’t appear the Irish are running a tight program either. Bidding war perhaps?

3. I like PJ, but I’m not so sure he’s a good enough recruiter to keep Tech competitive. I guess time will tell.

4. Sweet, I hope they’re all red and black.

5. Well good for him

6. I think that Demarco Robinson kid is going to be a baller. I think UGA will regret not making room for him. Especially after getting turned down by so many WR recruits.

7. Should make a fine college ball player. Yet another Georgian making a name for himself at Kentucky.

8. Pardue joined Kentucky!? Wow, I knew he retired from LaGrange but I’d heard it was for health reasons… guess not. And to answer your question I’m sure Granger players will still attend Kentucky when offered scholarships. The VERY good LaGrange players in years past attended other schools also.

9. OK

10. Oh yeh, loving to see some good LB recruits.

Hooch Fan

December 30th, 2010
12:00 pm

Timmy Byerly AJC’s Player of the Year – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU9RNcv84Z8

buzzwax

December 30th, 2010
12:03 pm

CPJ can’t recruit and only won with ‘Gailey Players’. This is a very poor argument if you know anything about football. I agree Dwyer, Bey Bey, D Morgan and M Burnett played huge roles in winning the 2009 ACC Championship but look at the 2005 and 2006 classes Gailey left behind. ZERO OL recruits in 06, NONE!!!! ONE DL recruit in 2 star Ben Anderson (NO KNOCK on Ben, he overachieved IMO) Even that super 2007 class only had ONE DT recruit in undersized Logan Walls. Clyde Yandell never materialized as a 3 star player and Brad Gilbert (two other OL from that 07 class) left one year early due to early graduation. His loss hurt this years OL depth in a big way. Only Nick Claytor remains from that class on the OL. Thats ONE Offensive Lineman from 06 and 07 that CPJ has to work with, ONE!! If you know anything about football it takes two to three years for most OL to mature enough to be effective. CPJ’s 08 class was largely done before he got the job. Not making excuses but these are the FACTS!! Starting next year most of the 2 deep players will be ‘his’ and the results will be squarely on his shoulders.

This ‘Kool Aid’ Drinker will give you some more FACTS….
CPJ’s winning % is still 65% even after this crappy year. This is still THIRD ALL TIME in GT HISTORY just behind John Heisman and Bobby Dodd. NINE of the TOP 50 players in GA last year were signed by CPJ. Link http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2010/01/08/ajc-top-50-list-reveals-best-of-best-in-georgia/

This list was put together by Mr. Chip Towers who did some fairly extensive research through coaches interviews, SR season results etc. So this was put together AFTER the 2009 HS season was over. Charles Perkins is the TOP RB IN THE STATE last year per a ‘non GT guy’. Isaiah Johnson was the second best DB, BJ Bostic 16th best player, Ryan Ayers third best DB, Shawn Green, Syngyn Days, Fred Holton, Anthony Williams, Morgan Bailey to ’round out the list’. McCoy didn’t make the list and he had offers from LSU, Miami, Alabama and Notre Dame. Out of staters – Attaochu looks very promising at OLB and Louis Young was 4 stars at CB. This was a very solid class that didn’t ‘rank’ as high only due its size of 18 commits.

Gt LOST to UGA this year and was RUN OVER last year. But saying the offense wont work/has been figured out is becoming laughable. Over 500 yards against all of those 4 and 5 star UGA players with our BACK UP QB…..

Again, CPJ and staff will not have any more ‘excuses’ next year as most of the two deep will be ‘his’ players, especially along the OL and DL….Roddy Jones and OT Nick Claytor on O and DT Logan Walls (plays mostly on passing downs), DE Jason Peters, ILB Kyle Jackson(non-starter this year) and DB Jarrard Tarrant on D will be the only ‘Gailey players’ in the two deep next year.

Where I agree with you – too many A backs on schollie and too many QB’s on schollie that haven’t demonstrated the ability to throw the ball or WR that can catch the ball…. Syngyn Days or Vad Lee, IMO, will largely determine the success of the next few years. Does Tevin improve ball handling and throwing enough to start? CPJ certainly demonstrated that our back up QB is very capable and was ready to play, but can he be the QB to win 8+ games? Does David Sims surprise everyone? He certainly showed great athleticism running the ball!!

Can CPJ fix the Special Teams MESS??!!! QB, WR, front seven on D and Special Teams will determine the 2011 season. A ton of ??’s OL and RB’s are solid, DB’s are solid.

CPJ and staff have there work cut out for them. Somehow getting Vaughters and Tuitt could be program changers!!!

Bob

December 30th, 2010
12:10 pm

Do the right thing AD and fire PJ now.Otherwise the program will be set back a decade.You can not spin this rotten mess!It is a disaster!FIRE PJ NOW!!!!!!

Dawggie

December 30th, 2010
12:10 pm

@ matt ray

Your hormone level seems a little high in regards to your rant about the young girl in LA. I totally understand how it must be damn hard to be a GT fan right now but save your drama for ya momma!

Honestly, GT went 6-7, your main offensive weapons are leaving, you managed just 7 points vs a service academy and your defense is really bad (even worse than our sorry D at UGA) your recruiting is horrible. By the time CPJ is let go, you guys will be 5 years into squat and be looking at another 5-6 years for some new coach to resurrect your program. Pray all day for Vaughters, Tuitt and Anthony all you want. Its going to suck for a while on the flats.

RRTDawgs

December 30th, 2010
12:10 pm

Rx Dawg i agree we should have went after Demarco Robinson with AJ leaving and don’t forget UK has another great player from Georgia Josh Clemons RB . UK might be a sleeper team next year my opinion .

LMAO!

December 30th, 2010
12:11 pm

buzzwax – so basically what you are saying is Tech sucks?

roughrider

December 30th, 2010
12:14 pm

I hope Tech will decline a bowl game next year if they are bowl eligible. Six losse in a row is embarrassing.

GT c/o '13

December 30th, 2010
12:15 pm

Glad to hear Tech’s been doing some solid recruiting. I feel like we can really add a defensive boost to our roster with the presence of Groh at DC, seeing as he’s coached some of the all-time greats on defense.

johnny too good

December 30th, 2010
12:20 pm

I guess the word committment doesnt mean much anymore, its more like a placeholder

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson?feature=mhsn