Tigers get best LB in the state in Vaughn

Some say Louisiana is down in talent in 2002, but one of the nation's top linebackers played his high school football in the New Orleans area. Cameron Vaughn of Archbishop Shaw locked himself in with the Tigers by signing on the dotted line today.

Vital Data: College coaches saw a malleable raw product in Vaughn (6-3, 215), a middle linebacker prospect with the ability to add another 25 pounds to his frame. But even at a lighter weight, he averaged more than 15 tackles a game, recorded six sacks and recovered three fumbles.

 

The prospects are good for Vaughn to fill out with muscle since he already has a bench press in excess of 300 pounds. Shaw coach Hank Tierney considers him one of his best-student athletes ever, sporting a grade point average in the 3.5 range.

 

Tiger Rag's take: The situation is right for Vaughn to become the next Trev Faulk, especially with Faulk deciding to step aside after three seasons at LSU. The difference between Vaughn's scenario and the one Faulk faced back in 1999 was that there was more pressure for Faulk to come in a make a difference. Vaughn has the benefit of learning his trade alongside Bradie James.

 

The Scoop: Texas and LSU were essentially the last two schools who had a shot for Vaughn. Notre Dame was a serious contender until Bob Davie was handed his walking papers. Vaughn says he never received more than an introductory letter from new Irish coach Tyrone Willingham.


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