January 1, 2010

2011 Recruiting Spotlight: Linebackers

In 2009, the talent pool at linebacker looked like nothing more than a swallow puddle.

Full of defensive ends and safeties projected to play linebacker, USC has been using optimism while gauging this classes depth. Next year's pool of talent may be deeper, but will it be deep enough to swim in?

Three months into his junior season, Tucker (Ga.) junior linebacker James Vaughters was a national recruit with more than a dozen scholarship offers. While listed at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, he looks thicker and more sawed-off in person. Most early evaluations label Vaughters as an inside linebacker, and when his physical build is combined with his football smarts (4.0 GPA), MIKE linebacker seems like a perfect fit on paper.

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