May 23, 2009

Tucker junior Vaughters rolling in offers

When you play football for Tucker High, you do so with a lot of pride.

Considering the athletes who have played there before him, it's easy to see why.

At least that's how linebacker James Vaughters - one of the state's top 2011 prospects - sees it.

Georgia fans will recognize the names of Patrick Pass, Asher Allen and Thomas Brown, former Tucker stars who went on to excel for the Red and Black.

Although he doesn't know them that well personally, Vaughters certainly knows their reputations.

"When you see guys like go on to have the success that they have it makes me feel that I'm also in the right place to try to be successful at what I'm doing," Vaughters said. "Right now I'm just trying to be a good student, try to be like guys like Thomas Brown and get to where they are."

Vaughters certainly seems to be on the right track.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder who has been timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, already has 14 verbal offers, including ones from Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Miami, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

He can count on many more.

Southern Cal, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Texas are showing extreme interest and could offer at any time.

"I definitely didn't expect to get this many offers this years, but what it's done is motivate me to try and do even better, to become more of a leader for my team," Vaughters said. "Last year I tried to follow the leaders who were here. This year, I'm going to be more of a vocal leader than I was before."

Don't look for Vaughters to decide on a school anytime real soon.

The rising junior said he plans on being very meticulous, do plenty of research and investigate each school thoroughly before making his final choice.

"I want to talk to the professors, coaches, look at each school's academics and graduation rate, what their average SAT and ACT scores, pretty much everything," Vaughters said. "There are many different aspects of each school that I want to consider."

Of course, Vaughters also wants to spend time with his future teammates, talk to them and get their take on what it's like to play for their respective school.

Georgia figures to be one of those schools that Vaughters gives consideration.

"I've been living in Georgia for 10 years and I've been around the people over there," Vaughters said. "I know they have a real strong fan base and everybody loves the Bulldogs. I'm not going to get caught up in the hype, but I do plan on giving (Georgia) a close look."

Vaughters, who also plays tight end and defensive end for Tucker, is a big fan of Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran.

"I really admire what he's been able to do. I know what a hard worker he is," Vaughters said. "I work out with some of the same people he does so I know what all he puts in. It is players like that I strive to emulate."

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