November 9, 2009

Vaughters enjoys GT experience

The Georgia Tech football program has not had much success recruiting Tucker High School, but they are hoping to reverse that trend with 2011 middle linebacker James Vaughters. Vaughters is one of the top middle linebackers in the country for the 2011 class and he made the trip over to Atlanta Saturday for the Georgia Tech-Wake Forest game.

Vaughters has offers from almost every major school in the country, but the six-foot-two 215-pound linebacker was very impressed with what Georgia Tech coaching staff had to say. Jackets head coach Paul Johnson made a huge impression on Vaughters.

"I thought it went very well," Vaughters said of the visit. "I got a chance to sit down with Coach Johnson and talk to candidly. I appreciated his straightforward approach to coaching and recruiting."

Coach Johnson is generally all business on game day, but he found time to meet with Vaughters and pitch Georgia Tech to him.

"I was with my Dad and my teammate Bashr Coles, another D-1 prospect, and I was impressed he would take time out before such a big game to talk with us about Georgia Tech," he said.

Georgia Tech linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary spent a lot of time with Vaughters and he broke down the depth situation and how Vaughters would fit into the Jackets' long-term plans if he came to Georgia Tech.

"We also had a chance to sit down and talk with Coach BJ and he took us through the 2009 depth chart and the projected depth chart for 2010 and 2011," he said. "It was great to see how they already had plans for me, if I decided to go to Tech. I especially like the way they envisioned how I could take advantage of both my linebacker skills and my prior experience as a defensive end."

The game day experience in Bobby Dodd Stadium impressed Vaughters as well.

"We also had a chance to go on the field before the game and the crowd was pretty pumped for such a big game. It was good to see GT win for the home crowd. Overall, it was a good trip for both Bashr and I."

Vaughters plans to narrow down the list of schools recruiting him in a few weeks and then focus on the primary schools of interest.

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