One of Peach State's Best Talks Gators

Arguably the top player in the state of Georgia for the class of 2011 is linebacker James Vaughters. He is a 6-3 and 220-pound superstar from Tucker (GA) High School. Currently, Vaughters holds offers from Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and many more.

James Vaughters, his father and two teammates Kyle Stroud (senior offensive tackle) and Greg Brown (junior defensive back) recently visited the University of Florida as the Gators hosted the Razorbacks.

Mr. Vaughters talked about his overall impressions of the trip.

"We drove down Saturday morning, in time for the pre-game program and then stayed around for the post-game locker room celebration and then we headed back Saturday night. James said it was a good day for him. He enjoyed the fact it was a great game. James was impressed that the crowd was really into the game and he could feel the excitement. We had a chance to spend more time with Coach Carter and Coach Meyer. I am very pleased with their high level of interest in James, as a player, as a student-athlete and as a person. James was particularly impressed that they took time out of their pre-game preparation to talk with him.

Mr. Vaughters has been very impressed with head Gator Coach Urban Meyer.

"I continue to be impressed by the feeling of family that Coach Meyer and the other coaches has created with the team. That is something unique that we have not seen with many of the elite programs. The camaraderie among the players is just incredible, and as a parent, I can see someone like my son fitting into the program."

The Gators will have a need for linebackers in the 2011 class as they will graduate more than a few of the defensive standouts after the 2009 season but what teams do in 2010 will have as much to do as anything for the star from Tucker High School.

"At this point, I haven't thought a lot about the depth charts of the schools I am considering," James Vaughters said.

"It will come more into play as I evaluate where the class of 2010 linebackers end up and then I'll thoroughly evaluate the different teams, the talent already there, as well as the incoming talent and factor that in with the other criteria that will be important."

Coach Kenny Carter has made a strong push in the state of Georgia landing such players as the state's top running back and arguably the top overall player in Mack Brown and one of the most underrated players in defensive end Neiron Ball.

Vaughters has continued to grow his relationship with Coach Carter.

"I spoke with Coach Carter first and we talked about his recent visit to my high school visit to Tucker and made it a point to remind me how important they consider me to Florida's recruiting efforts. He spoke about his visit to Georgia during the bye week and how he stopped by to see me on the same trip he stopped by to see top 2010 commitments Mack Brown and Neiron Ball, among others. Coach Meyer also reiterated how important I am to Florida's class of 2011 and he told me to continue to focus on my speed, because that is an important asset in Florida's defense. The other thing that I was impressed with was their post-game locker room celebration. They really came together as a family after the game and you could feel the togetherness among the players and the coaches."

Tucker is ranked No. 7 in the state in large part to James Vaughters' play at linebacker, a position that he is back to playing full time after a brief stint at defensive end.

"The season is going really well. We are 7-1 and ranked seventh in the state. I am back playing at linebacker after enjoying the last year and a half at defensive end. I am enjoying the change back to the position I have played since I was eight-years-old. I had 12 tackles last week in my first week back at linebacker, including three tackles for a loss and two sacks and then 15 tackles, and two tackles for a loss in our latest shutout win on Friday, October 23."

Vaughters has been very active in the recruiting process taking numerous trips to various schools.

"So far this year, we've been to Ohio State for the USC/OSU game, Georgia Tech for the GT/UNC Game, to Georgia for the UGA/LSU game and we will be going to Alabama for the Alabama/LSU game and then USC for the USC/Stanford game."

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