The recruitment of James Vaughters seemed over last June when he committed to Stanford.
Flash forward to January, Stanford's coach Jim Harbaugh leaves for the NFL and Vaughters opens his recruitment back up and plans official visits to Stanford, Ohio State and Florida. After the official visit to Stanford, though there is a new plan for the talented linebacker from Tucker, Ga.
"I am 100 percent committed to Stanford," Vaughters said. "I took my official visit there and met with the new coaching staff and that trip reminded me of why I committed to Stanford in the first place. It was a really amazing trip and my decision was based on a lot more than football."
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Florida and Ohio State had in-home visits and official visits planned with Vaughters over the next two weeks, but the four-star linebacker says those plans are off.
"I had an in-home visit with Florida head coach Will Muschamp and Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, but I cancelled those. I called both coaches and gave them the news," he said. "Have an opportunity to play at schools of their caliber is really amazing and would have been a great experience for me, but I think Stanford is the right place for me and my family at the end of the day."
Vaughters future was in doubt when he heard the news about Harbaugh's imminent departure to the NFL, but all his fears and concerns were gone by the time he stepped foot back on the Cardinal campus.
"This whole process with coach Harbaugh leaving and opening things back up helped me see all the different options I had, but in June I knew I wanted to be a Cardinal and I thought I was done for sure," he said. "I think it was good seeing all my options, but I don't see anything changing between now and National Signing Day."
During his first trip to Stanford in June, Vaughters did not have much of an opinion of then offensive coordinator David Shaw, but that all changed last week.
"Coach Shaw was really quiet when I first met him back in June and since I play defense we didn't have much to talk about at the time," Vaughters said. "After meeting with him and the current players and other commitments on my trip I felt like Stanford was my home and that I was 100 percent sure about my decision."