Junior linebacker James Vaughters is a highly sought after linebacker. On Saturday, he decided to give the hometown team a look for the Georgia Tech Junior Day. He attended the event with teammates Bashr Coles, a junior running back/defensive back prospect, and Jake Sealand, a sophomore linebacker. Overall, Vaughters said he and his teammates had a great visit and he seemed to come away impressed with the Yellow Jackets.
"Georgia Tech definitely put their best foot forward and showed us all of the great things they have to offer," Vaughters said. "We had a chance to meet first with (linebacker) coach BJ (Brian Jean-Mary), and Coach (Al) Groh, and Coach (Charles) Kelly, and then with Coach Paul Johnson. They talked a lot about the 3-4 defense and the variations of the defense that make the GT defense even better. I really liked everything they had to say."
James said it was really his first time where he was able to see more of the campus and having a chance to meet and hear from current players. "I saw the facilities and dorms, and more of which makes up the campus life," he said. "The previous times I'd been were for unofficial visits on Game Day. I was also impressed by the other prospects that were there for both 2010 and 2011. It really feels like Georgia Tech is going in the right direction and it was important for me to see and meet other student-athletes that I could see myself going to school with for the next four years."
Vaughters plans on visiting more Junior Days and will also take in some scheduled visits not during Junior Days. "I am planning on visiting Alabama, Texas, Stanford, Georgia, Florida, and return visits over the next six months to Ohio State, North Carolina, USC and UCLA. I will try to fit in visits to Auburn, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Miami, and maybe a few others if time permits. It's important to me to get as much information about schools as I can before I narrow my choices or make a commitment."
The big-time linebacker will probably make his commitment right before his senior season starts or after he has the chance to take his five official visits. He says if he had to decide today which five schools he would "officially" visit, that he doesn't think he could because of so many great choices right now.
"Ultimately, my choice will come down to the school that has a strong academic reputation, a great football program year-in and year-out, and a great student body with a group of players I would enjoy being around all the time. The coaching staff will be important, but the changes this off-season have reminded me that you can't make a decision to go to school based solely on the [Head] Coach, because there is no guarantee they will be there for the whole four years."
It is easy to see James has a clear and in-depth plan on getting all of the information he can get in order to end up at the right school. He doesn't have any clear favorites, but he has a wealth of schools to choose from.