Calif. Safety Sets UNC Visit

During his West Coast swing during the Spring Evaluation Period, John Blake discovered a safety prospect from California powerhouse Long Beach Poly – Vaughn Telemaque.

"He just came down to the school and got a highlight tape and he liked what he saw," said Telemaque. "They were my first offer; they offered in early August."

Shortly thereafter, Boise State, Michigan, Oregon, and Rutgers followed suit with a scholarship offer of their own for the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder.

Several weeks back, Telemaque called all of his scholarship offering schools, including UNC, to touch base.

"I called Coach Blake probably like three weeks ago just to see how he was doing," said Telemaque. "He was just telling me how great the program would be with me in the system and what's around the system – just everything good about it. He talked about the campus.

"It was really interesting what he was talking about. I'm looking forward to a visit there."

The weekend of October 5th, Long Beach Poly has a bye week. Therefore, Telemaque felt that was the right time to schedule a cross country official visit to UNC.

"I'm going to go out there early Friday and then I'll be out there for the Miami game," said Telemaque.

Telemaque hasn't scheduled any other official trips, but has spoken to Rutgers about visiting the weekend of the West Virginia game (October 27th). However, Telemaque says Michigan is his only definite official visit destination outside of UNC.

Although Telemaque admits that UNC offering first gives the Tar Heels an advantage, he's approaching the remainder of his recruitment with an open mind.

"I'm back to all open again," said Telemaque. "…I don't really have a favorite. I'm just looking into the schools."

While he's still learning about UNC, he said he's heard nothing but positive things about the program thus far.

"I've been hearing a lot good things lately," said Telemaque. "I heard how big their recruiting class was last year… It's obvious they're trying to make some type of moves and turn into a big time program.

"Another thing is there are so many athletes other than football. The baseball team just went to the College World Series. And then the basketball team is always winning championships and playing in the Final Four."

One factor that might play against UNC is location.

"It's always going to be a little part, but basically with me I've got to see if I'm capable of being out there," said Telemaque. "I definitely know it's far, but I wouldn't waste my time going out there if I wasn't interested in them. So I'd rather go out there and see if that's where I want to be for the next four years."

Telemaque is working towards graduating early, but isn't sure his schedule will allow it.

Regardless, Telemaque, who originally wanted to commit early, doesn't have a timetable for his collegiate decision.

"[I'll decide] whenever it feels right for me," said Telemaque. "… I'll know that feeling when I get to the school."

During his junior season, Telemaque collected 54 tackles and two interceptions.

Long Beach Poly opened up the 2007 with a 21-13 victory over Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville in Kirk Herbstreit's Ohio versus the USA Challenge.

"I was kind of over anxious for the ball, said Telemaque. "I felt like I flew to the ball well. But I had a few minor mistakes – I could have had two picks. I was looking for a nice pop and I was looking for some big picks… But, I came around flying around making a few tackles."

Telemaque ended the game with six tackles, including one for a loss, and two breakups.

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