Vaughters reports on Stanford unofficial

Four-star linebacker James Vaughters has long been considered one of the cornerstones of Stanford's 2011 recruiting class. The Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.) star has his hands full with academics and football, but found the time to take an unofficial visit to Stanford last weekend for the Card's homecoming against Washington State.

After James Vaughters returned home, The Bootleg caught up with the Under Armour All-American to get all the juicy details about his third visit to Stanford.

The Bootleg: Can you give a general summary of your trip? What was your itinerary, highlights, lowlights?
James Vaughters: I had a game Friday night, so I couldn't fly into San Francisco until Saturday morning. I should have been able to make it by game time, but we had about a 90-minute delay because of weather. As it was, my Mom and I got there at the end of the first quarter. I really enjoyed the game and I picked Homecoming because I thought I might get a chance to meet some alumni, as well as the current players, but the weather kind of squashed that. It was definitely good to see a Stanford win, and I enjoyed the time I spent with the players. I also got a chance to spend more time with the coaching staff, including Coaches Harbaugh, Mason, Turley, and Fangio, on Sunday morning before we headed back to Atlanta. Overall, the trip was great for reinforcing my decision to pick Stanford.

TB: You've been out to Stanford several times now - did you learn or discover anything new on this trip?
JV: This was my third trip to Stanford, but the first to see a regular season Stanford football game. It was nice to see a game in the stadium. Although I was surprised to see it not filled to capacity, I blame the weather and the conflict with the Giants game. I know they will regularly fill the stadium as the games continue to take on more and more importance as the season goes on. I don't know if I learned anything "new" on this trip, but I did get a chance to spend some more time with coaches and players and get to know them even better. They really impressed me as a good group to be around and have fun with, but also win with.

TB: Did you get to know any of the current players better, particularly the linebackers?
JV: I felt like I got a good chance to spend some time with the linebackers, like Shayne Skov, Chase Thomas, and Max Bergen, but I also got to meet and hang out with other position players like Andrew Luck, Sam Schwartzstein, Griff Whalen, David DeCastro and Chris Owusu. We didn't go out or anything. We just kind of hung out, which I thought was pretty cool and gave me a chance to see them in a normal environment.

TB: Do you plan to take any other visits? When will your Stanford official visit be?
JV: I don't plan to take any other visits right now. We (my high school team) are in the middle of our push to win a State Championship back in Georgia and I want to stay focused. My family and I are planning my official visit for the big official visit weekend January 13th through the 16th. That should really be a great opportunity to mix it up with the other recruits in the 2011 class.

TB: Do you stay in touch with any of the other 2011 Stanford recruits?
JV: I'm communicating a little with the other recruits in the 2011 recruiting class, but I am just so busy with the season and with school, it doesn't leave much time for staying in touch. What little I'm able to do is through Facebook and Twitter, but I'm pretty impressed by what I've seen so far.

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