Michigan’s staff of assistants may not yet know who the new headman for the Maize & Blue will be, but that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the recruiting trail hard in hopes maintaining their status with the recruits they’ve built relationships with thus far. One such athlete is Long Beach Poly safety, Vaughn Telemaque. Defensive coordinator Ron English has been the point man in the talented youngster’s recruitment and has made it clear that he is still a needed commodity in Ann Arbor.
“I talked to him just (Monday) actually,” Telemaque said regarding English. “He came to the school. He met with me early the day. He was just letting me know that they still wanted me and giving me every update that he had. He let me know the head coaching status, the players, and the bowl game they’d be going to.”
Despite that assurance of interest, things have obviously changed a bit for Telemaque in the aftermath of Lloyd Carr’s retirement. The one-time favorite has lost ground because of the uncertainty at the head coaching position and the increase in attention from other suitors.
“I’m kinda waiting on them, but I’m just debating whether my interest is going to be the same after the coach or if will change,” admitted Telemaque. “It’s like a teeter-totter right now. I have USC up there and I’m kinda feeling North Carolina more now too. I got a home visit from them… and Oregon also. A lot of the schools are back up in the mix.”
“I’ve been getting a lot more interest from the in-state schools since Lloyd Carr stepped down,” Telemaque continued. “USC has really been moving up on my list, but I’ve still got to see what Michigan has going on. The fact that my boy Donovan Warren is there and made a great impression as a freshman is big. I look forward to him keeping things going forward, and I’m looking forward to my recruitment by Michigan as well.”
Telemaque's continued seriousness about the Wolverines is evident in his modified timetable for making his choice.
“I’m definitely going to have to wait (to make a decision) until Michigan gets a head coach,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to regret the choice. (Michigan has) the safety spot so open. If I go out there and do what I’m known to do and do what my goals are set for… I’m trying to play football at the highest level. I think Michigan can maybe help that.”