Fresh start for SoCal offensive lineman

Dominique Vaughn played his first three years of high school football just outside of Atlanta, but is happy these to be home back in Los Angeles.

Not only did the 6-3 300 Dominique Vaughn return to his old stomping grounds, but he is playing for one of the best programs in the entire state – Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra. The lineman said that he is fond of his new surroundings.

"I like the coaches and the environment here," Vaughn said. "It's a whole other thing for me but I like it. Serra is a big time program that just won a championship and there's pressure to win. I want to come in and help them do even better than last year."

Hawaii and Idaho have already contacted the lineman since he arrived at Serra, and unfortunately getting to show schools his junior film is impossible. "My old coach in Georgia got fired, so all those game tapes are lost now," Vaughn explained.

Vaughn, who tries to model his game after All-Pro lineman ,Jeff Saturday, played center back in his Georgia high school and colleges are projecting him at that position too. However, at Serra he has been asked to played right guard.

"I think I play better at center because I'm football smart and I have good vision – I know what the defense is going to run and I can call out my checks." Vaughn commented. "Coaches who saw me like my footwork and said I need to work on hand placement. Sometimes my hands get a little wide and I need to watch that. I feel better playing at 285 so I'm trying to drop to that weight."

Ever since his brother was recruited by Arizona State some ten years ago, Vaughn got to know the school first hand and fell in love with the Sun Devils. The lineman also attended ASU's one-day maroon and gold camp in June and did enjoy his experience.

"It was very competitive," Vaughn said. "I got to go against some of the guys that Arizona State was recruiting I beat then a few times and they beat me, so it was fun. The offensive line coach helped me with my technique and he said that he was going to follow me at Serra."

Aside from ASU, Vaughn has reached out to USC and said that the Trojans' staff was going to keep tabs on him as well.

"I'm looking no to only have a better year but better than last year," Vaughn stated. "When schools looked at me last year they said I was good. I don't want to be good – I want to be great."

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