Vaughn Getting UNC's Full-Court Press

Rashad Vaughn's visit to North Carolina this past weekend made it clear how strongly Roy Williams covets the Minnesota junior. And Vaughn will be meeting with the Tar Heel head coach again very soon.

After Williams made evaluation trips to see the New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper shooting guard each of the last two months, Vaughn made an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill over the weekend.

He was accompanied on the trip by his Cooper HS head coach Dave Johnson and assistant coach Pete Kaffey. spoke with Kaffey on Monday evening to summarize the visit and what's next for Vaughn's Tar Heel recruitment.

How was the visit?
It was good. We got there (Friday) and went to campus and we met with Coach Williams. Coach William and Hubert were there that night. Then after that the managers had a game and we went to the (practice) gym and Rashad got a workout in and then we went back to the hotel.

The next day we went and met with Hubert and those guys and went into their museum. Then we met with Coach Williams again and Coach Williams told Rashad that he really wanted him to go there and he would fit in the program and the system that he runs. He said he'd be a nice wing on the opposite side of Justin Jackson.

After that we got something to eat and came to the game. The visit was nice. The campus was beautiful. The museum was nice. The people were great. It was an historic place to be.

What were his impressions of getting to talk to Coach Williams more extensively?
He'd already talked to Coach Williams before. He had obviously been to our school two times already. He liked the conversation. He likes Coach Williams and thinks he's a very genuine person. He just feels like the system would be nice. He liked his visit. He loved the campus and everything and he loved what Coach Williams had to say.

What did they say to you all about their current wing situation?
He told Rashad that if he committed it would be him and Justin on the wing.

Where does UNC stand with Rashad now?
They are high on his list last time I talked to him.

What's the next step?
He's focused on winning state. That's been a goal of his for a while now. Cooper hasn't won state ever. This year we feel like we have a very good chance at winning state and that's been one of Rashad's childhood dreams.

I know that North Carolina is going to do a visit with the family. I don't know when. They were planning on coming tomorrow to watch the game. But Coach Williams asked Rashad what he thought would be more beneficial to come to watch him play a game or come to visit with his family. Rashad thought visiting with his family would be more beneficial to the whole process than just coming and watching a game and saying 'hey' and 'bye.' I don't know when they are coming to visit but I know in the near future they are going to discuss that and that's part of the plan.

Does he have a timetable on this deal?
He's focused on working hard and trying to make sure and prepare for the spring and summer. Decision wise I think he's going to sit down with his family but I don't know if he's going to make a commitment after North Carolina visits with his family. But I know he's going to explore other options. I know he's talked about making a commitment during his senior year, but I know he's not planning on doing anything soon, according to the last time I talked to him.

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