Vaughn to add name to LSU commitment list

The LSU recruiting class for 2002 grew to 17 with the verbal commitment of Archbishop Shaw linebacker Cameron Vaughn. After making his official visit to LSU over the weekend, Vaughn told Tiger Rag he planned to commit to the Tigers Monday evening.

The decision of middle linebacker Trev Faulk to leave after playing three seasons with the Tigers influenced Vaughn's choice of schools, he said, but it was just one of many reasons he chose the Tigers.

"It was a bunch of little factors," said Vaughn. "I sat down with the coaches and laid out the defensive scheme. I met with academic advisors and other players. It all seemed to just click for me."

LSU wide receiver Michael Clayton hosted Vaughn over the weekend, and he spent time with other members of the team. Among the other recruits visiting LSU over the Jan. 12 weekend, Vaughn said Sugar Land, Texas, running back Dominique Owens saying that he would be seriously considering LSU. Higgins quarterback Skyler Green, another verbal commitment for LSU, also took his official visit to LSU this weekend.

Vaughn said he planned to contact Texas this week to inform coaches there he would not be taking his visit to Austin. Notre Dame had been recruiting Vaughn, but the Irish have only sent him an introductory letter since Tyrone Willingham was hired to take over the program earlier this month.

In his senior year at Shaw, Vaughn totaled 139 total tackles with six sacks and three fumbles forced. According to Shaw coach Hank Tierney, Vaughn's frame can easily handle another 25 pounds that would make him an even more imposing force at middle linebacker. ranks Vaughn as the nation's 21st-best prep linebacker.

Vaughn is the second player from Shaw to commit to a major Division I school. Cornerback Sammy Joseph has promised to sign with Colorado next month. "I tease him all the time," said Vaughn about his teammate. "I told him all he'll be able to do up there is ski, and he's going to want to stay inside all the time."

-  Read more about Dominique Owens, Cameron Vaughn and all of the other players who visited LSU this weekend in the latest issue of Tiger Rag Magazine

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