Trip to Georgia "The Best so Far"

ATHENS – The short trip from Tucker was a pleasant one of James Vaughters and his father.

One of the top sophomores in Georgia, Vaughters was invited to Athens for Georgia's annual junior day. While he is not currently a junior, and there were scores of prospects at the events, Vaughters got special attention in the Classic City and some big news, too.

"They let me know that I had an offer to play football at Georgia," Vaughters said. "It was a great visit – the best I have seen so far."

Vaughters was a key cog in Tucker's run to the 2008 AAAA State Championship. Although he considers himself a linebacker, Vaughters slid to defensive end because of injuries. His consistent pressure off the edge was obvious to observers.

Vaughters said he spent most of his time with linebacker coach John Jancek. He indicated that he would like play linebacker at Georgia, but that it his heart would not be broken if he wound up as a defensive end in college.

"I spent the most time with Coach Jancek, and watching the linebackers," Vaughters said. "I really got a good feel for the way things work at Georgia."

The Tucker star has also visited Georgia Tech and North Carolina. He said he plans on visiting Ohio State (his parents' home-state school), Clemson and Alabama during the spring.

"I was really impressed with several things about Georgia," Vaughters said. "I really felt like they were genuine. It seemed like they were interested in making me a better person – not that they only cared about football. Also, the facilities seemed very up to date. I got to see one of the dorms and it was really nice. The academic facility was impressive to me – it looked brand new."

Georgia cannot officially offer Vaughters until September according to NCAA regulations. Still, expect the Dawgs to keep close note of his progress in the spring. A physical specimen with the ability to make a play, Vaughters appears to be looking for a quality education to go along with his college career.

"My parents have made clear to me what the priorities are," Vaughters said.

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