July 1, 2009

Vaughters checks in on Buckeyes

The recruiting race for the class of 2010 still has a long ways to go but it is never too early to keep an eye on the marathon that is the class of 2011. Many of the nation's top programs have been all over Tucker (Ga.) linebacker James Vaughters. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder already has the offer list to show he is the real deal and his sophomore film is just as impressive.

Vaughters is not all just about on-the-field action however carrying an impressive 4.0 GPA in the classroom but college football fans can't get past the 4.6 second speed in the 40-yard-dash, 440 pound squat max and 4.47 second shuttle.

The Buckeyes had a chance to play host to Vaughters this past week as the talented 2011 star made a trip to Columbus (Ohio) and South Bend (Ind.) to check out the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish respectively.

James has a tie to the Buckeye state with both his mother and father being originally from the state of Ohio and still having relatives living in the state including current Buckeye Andre Amos.

Vaughters had the opportunity to take a campus tour and check out the Fisher School of Business. Vaughters also had the chance to have an extended visit with Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.

"Coach Tressel believes strongly in structure, getting to know his players and positive reinforcement and encouragement," Vaughters said. "I was really impressed with how Coach Tressel gets so involved with the lives of every one of his players. It was also very impressive how Coach Tressel gets his players very involved, through Community Service, in the lives of the Columbus, Ohio community."

Vaughters spent time with Buckeye linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and also had a chance to say hello to fellow Georgian Keith Wells. The Buckeyes also have signed Cameron Heyward and Antonio Henton (no longer with the program) in recent years.

The talented linebacker had a chance the following day to head to Notre Dame for its one-day elite camp and show off for Charlie Weis and Jon Tenuta.

"I like the history and tradition at Notre Dame. It's a big-time football program, but I really like the size and intimacy of the campus." Vaughters said. "I liked the practice facility, the Notre Dame stadium and how the students on campus are so involved with the football program. The campus looks classic, as it mixes the look of new buildings with the old, legacy architecture".

Vaughters plans on visiting USC, UCLA, UGA and the University of Florida before focusing in on his junior season.

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