UNC Receiving Help with Four-Star DB

BUFORD, Ga. --- In the 2009 class, North Carolina went into Tennessee and signed Gene Robinson out of Whitehaven High School. The Tar Heels are hopeful history will repeat itself with Donte Vaughn. But this time, they’ll have Robinson’s help.

After playing in 43 games over the course of four seasons for the Tar Heels, Robinson returned to Memphis to become a high school assistant coach at his alma mater. Robinson’s star pupil is Vaughn, a four-star defensive back with a 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame.

“He said he had a great experience [at UNC],” Vaughn said. “He said his coach who was there always stayed on him about his academics. And he said it’s a good school.”

The positive review has piqued Vaughn’s interest enough to plan a summer trip to UNC.

“[Robinson] wants me to just go up there and experience it for myself to see if I like it,” Vaughn said.

UNC is one of 11 schools to have offered Vaughn. Auburn, Indiana, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State, and Tennessee are a sampling of the other programs that have also offered.

In addition to UNC, Vaughn is working on plans to visit Florida, Florida State, and Ohio State. He has already traveled to several SEC schools – namely Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Tennessee.

Vaughn’s travels have yielded a quartet of favorites – LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Tennessee.

“LSU, when I went up there, I had a good time with Coach [Les] Miles,” Vaughn said. “He told me that if I come up there, I’ll have to work for it. I want to work for it. And they produce [NFL caliber] defensive backs.

“Ole Miss, I have a good connection with Coach [Maurice] Harris. We’re always talking and we’re always on the phone. And also Tennessee, Coach [Mark] Elder and I are always keeping in touch.

“At Mississippi State, I have a couple of friends up there and they said they like it up there. And also, when I went up there I liked the environment.”

Regardless, Vaughn is approaching his UNC visit with an open mind.

“[Robinson] told me that he wasn’t that high on North Carolina until he visited there,” Vaughn said. “And then he visited and actually committed on the visit.”

Charlton Warren is recruiting Vaughn for UNC, but Vaughn communicates just as often with Larry Fedora. Just last week, Fedora sent Vaughn a Twitter direct message.

“[Fedora] says I can achieve all of my goals from their school – not just athletically, but academically,” Vaughn said.

The UNC coaches haven’t discussed specifically how Vaughn would fit into the defensive scheme that’s being installed this spring. However, Vaughn believes he’s being projected as a cornerback, despite possessing a frame that resembles a safety.


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