While Keystone State standouts like Jeremy Ricker, Zach Frazer and Pat Devlin have garnered the lion's share of attention from college scouts, Charlton is just now seeing his name emerge as a legitimate division one prospect.
Although he didn't get an opportunity to put up big passing numbers last year, due to orchestrating a run-based offense, Vaughn did record some impressive aerial stats when given the chance. On the year he complete 56 of 72 passes for 985 yards and nine touchdowns en route to all-league honors.
Vaughn talked with Pack Pride about the opportunity to go out and impress the college scouts this summer and what kind of a QB they can expect to see.
"We ran the wing-T last year so I guess I'm kind of a sleeper right now," said Vaughn. "My parents have been working real hard to get my tape out, and I come to these combines and sneak in and come out on top.
"I feel like I'm real accurate with the ball. I can zip it in. I've got a real good deep ball. My footwork in the pocket is good. I think the main part of my game is to play fake with the ball because it gives me the opportunity to sit back and find my guy that's open."
During individual workouts at NC State this past Saturday, Vaughn showed that he was the top QB in attendance. With Pack offensive coordinator Marc Trestman looking on, Vaughn showed a great presence at quarterback and had a great touch on his deep balls and was very accurate on underneath passes. On numerous throws he placed the ball right on the money and made it obvious that he'll certainly receive his fair share of recruiting attention over the coming months. While still in the process of getting his name out to college recruiters, predictably, Vaughn is hesitant to name a top five list but he did update Pack Pride on the schools he's hearing from the most currently.
"I'm really open to everyone that wants to recruit me, Vaughn said. "I've heard a lot from NC State, a lot from Virginia, Rutgers, Michigan State, UNC- those are all the schools that have been in to see me. UNC actually made a verbal offer, but they said they'd send it in the mail but I hadn't gotten it yet."
The rising senior talked further about the type of school he hopes to play for and it would appear that NC State may be a solid fit should the offer come.
"I kind of want to go to a quarterback-oriented offense- like a Virginia or a NC State," he said. "As far as NC State, their QB coach (Marc Trestman) was at my school the other day, and he seems like a very nice guy. The facilities down here are beautiful and it's nice weather. I'm going to meet with the QB coach on Sunday. I've got to find the date, but I plan to come back here for camp."
Vaughn has been on a whirlwind tour of combines over the spring and doesn't plan to slow down much over the summer. He plans to attend day camps at several of the schools eyeing him in the hopes of landing that first, solid offer. He projects as a full academic qualifier.