Recruit Spotlight: Vernon Vaughn

MANHATTAN, kan. - Kansas State got a bring commitment in April from wide receiver Vernon Vaughn out of Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences. Entering his senior season, Vaughn was named his city's 2011 pre-season Offensive Player of the Year by KCK Preps after a huge performance as a junior. Vaughn's head coach, Todd Wassman, talked of his star player who saw his senior year cut short.

"In Kansas City, Kansas, football usually plays second fiddle to basketball," Wassman said. "Vernon hadn't played football, but he came out and played some quarterback on the freshmen team. The next year we moved him out at wide receiver where he's really blossomed setting all kinds of school records."

Vaughn, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, hauled in 47 catches as a junior for 865 yards and 17 touchdowns (one of his school records).

"When he's not open, the quarterback can throw it up to Vernon and he always comes down with the catch," said Wassman. "He has a great vertical leap. In a game he rose straight up, tipped the ball in the air, and then palmed it. It's amazing how the ball just sticks in his hands when he receives it. He has not dropped a ball in two years."

Vaughn became an early commitment to the 2012 Kansas State recruiting class. He was recruited to the school by Offensive Coordinator, Dell Miller.

"Since the commitment Nebraska and Kansas have made overtures, but he's loyal to Kansas State," said Wassman. "Vernon and his father think the world of Coach Snyder. They said he's a class act.

"I think they really did get a gem in Vernon. He's the best kept secret in the state with so much naturally-gifted athletic ability. Once he settles into college and is taught to identify defenses I think he'll emerge as successful college player with an NFL future. He'll be playing on Sundays one day. You can quote me on that.

"Vernon's a great human being. He's a model citizen, supportive teammate, and character-wise does everything right. Getting in shouldn't be a problem for Vernon. He has a 3.4-3.5 GPA and is well-rounded in many areas.

"He has two great parents who were very attracted to Coach Snyder and his concept of maintaining a ‘family atmosphere' at K-State. We haven't had any difficulties with him at school. Vernon's a Christian gentleman who has worked very hard to get to where he is."

Wassman says Vaughn has a 38" vertical leap which had helped him to excel in football and basketball. Vaughn will not play basketball for his senior year due to a torn ACL in the third week of the football season.

"When he goes up in traffic with the defensive backs he wins with his tremendous leaping ability and those NFL hands," Wassman said. "He developed into a good route runner. While he isn't a burner, he does have excellent game speed and shows good separation after the catch."

Vaughn worn No. 81 for varsity football.

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