Record-Setting Recruit Visits Tigers

This All-State football player took an official recruiting visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Brentwood, Tenn.--John Vaughn said he got a kick out of his official visit to Auburn over the weekend. Tiger fans are hoping that the record-setting field goal specialist from Brentwood Academy will be providing the kicks in years to come.

"I had a really good time," Vaughn said. "My player host was (kicker) Philip Yost the first night and (offensive lineman) Taylor Bourgeois the second night." Bourgeois, who will be a redshirt sophomore for the Tigers in 2003, was a former teammate of Vaughn's.

One of the highlights of the weekend for the recruit was the chance to go on the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night wearing an Auburn football jersey with his name on it. "I thought that was a lot of fun," he said. "That stood out to me."

John Vaughn has range past 50 yards as a field goal kicker. Vaughn said he enjoyed meeting team members such as quarterback Jason Campbell, wide receiver Courtney Taylor and linebacker Karlos Dansby.

As a senior, he made seven of nine field goal tries and for his career he connected on 39-44. That is an all-time record for kicks made in Tennessee high school football history. With Damon Duval graduated, the starting job is open and Vaughn will be competing with Yost for the field goal, extra point and kickoff duties.

How well he competes will depend on how quickly he adjusts to kicking off the ground. In high school, Vaughn kicked off a one-inch tee, however, he has practiced kicking off the ground and doesn't anticipate any problems with that in college. As a soccer player, who will begin his senior season next month, he has had plenty of experience kicking balls off the ground.

Vaughn, who has never missed a kick of under 39 yards in a game, was also recruited by Ole Miss, Florida, Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University.

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