Vaughters Talks Stanford Visit

Four star linebacker James Vaughters committed to Stanford back in June, and remained solid throughout Stanford's Orange Bowl season. But have recent changes in the Cardinal coaching staff, including the departure of Vic Fangio, made Vaughters rethink his decision? Read on for the latest from Vaughters, following his Stanford official visit.

The Bootleg caught up with Vaughters Sunday night after he returned home from his visit to Palo Alto.

The Bootleg: What were your thoughts and impressions of the visit? Any highlights, etc...
James Vaughters: I had a great visit. I had a chance to meet and talk, at length, with the new head coach, David Shaw. He was very impressive and I think he will do some great things at Stanford. I got a chance to hang out with some of the other commits, and also, some of the current players Friday and Saturday night. They fed us well and often and everything was really "first class".

We have a chance to have one of the greatest recruiting classes ever at Stanford and add that to the players returning could mean next year could be as good, if not better, than this year. I really enjoyed spending more time with the other recruits that attended. We came from all over, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Louisiana, California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, D.C., and Minnesota. That doesn't even include Wayne Lyons from Florida and Ty Montgomery from Texas. That's the kind of diversity I want to be around for 4 years because I think we can learn so much from each other.

TB: I know the prospect of Vic Fangio leaving was a concern for you - did you learn any more about a possible new defensive coordinator/defensive staff?
JV: I didn't get any specifics about who the replacement would be, but they talked a lot about bringing in somebody that would know the current system they are using and somebody that would not change the basic structure and concepts that Coach Fangio has implemented on the defensive side of the ball. There are many coaches on the defensive staff that are staying that the Stanford "D" shouldn't miss a beat.

TB: Did you have a chance to sit down with coach Shaw or any of the other coaches to discuss your concerns? If not, what were your impressions of Coach Shaw in general?
JV: My parents and I met with Coach Shaw for about an hour on Friday just to talk about his game plan. I liked the way he was straightforward and how he wanted to build on the momentum that Coach Harbaugh and Coach Fangio have created. I think he will have a style that is different than Coach Harbaugh's, but after talking with the players that know him, they believe his style will be just as effective as Coach Harbaugh's.

TB: How solid would you describe your commitment to Stanford at this point, and where do you go from here in your recruitment (other visits, in home visits, etc...)
JV: My commitment is still the same as it was before. I never changed my commitment, but I wanted to do some "homework" to make sure I had as much information as possible before National Signing Day. I have a couple of other official visits to take to great programs, but I hope to be in a position on National Signing Day to make a well-informed decision.

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