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Sports - June 18, 2010

Sports Shorts

CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford football Jim Harbaugh scored a major victory Thursday when Tucker High linebacker James Vaughters, the most sought-after recruit in Atlanta, committed to the Cardinal for the class 2011. The bootleg.com said Vaughters is Stanford's best recruit as far as depth of offers received. He chose Stanford over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Ohio State. In total he received scholarship offers from more than 35 schools nationwide. Vaughters, a 4.0 student at Tucker, said he chose Stanford because of its combination of great academics and great football under Harbaugh. "I honestly believe we can do something at Stanford that has never been done and that is win a championship," Vaughters told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Stanford University is a long distance from home but they have a beautiful campus, perfect climate, and I feel that they have great opportunities that I can utilize. They are a top academic school that is compared to the Ivy League, but compete in Division I football and a top conference in the Pac-10. They are also making great strides to become a championship caliber football team." Vaughters, who is considering majoring in architectural engineering, also released a statement about his choice: "Coach Vic Fangio, the new defensive coordinator, runs the 3-4 defense and I feel like he has the experience in the NFL that I will be able to feed off, to hopefully prepare myself for the NFL. They have done well in recruiting recently and improve more and more every year. I believe that they have potential to be great in many aspects." Vaughters (6-2, 235) said Stanford had been his top choice for some time. He informed Harbaugh late Wednesday night.

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