Telemaque Has 'Fantastic' Visit

Vaughn Telemaque made his first official visit over the weekend when he traveled cross-country to North Carolina.

"The visit went really great," said Telemaque. "I had a great time meeting all the coaches talking about how the game went. [The visit] went fantastic I should say."

Telemaque, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, arrived Friday night. After checking into his hotel, he met up with UNC's coaching staff.

"I talked to all the coaches," Telemaque said. "Mainly [I talked to], Coach [Butch] Davis and Coach [Chuck] Pagano. I was checking in and they gave me my itinerary. They were telling me how hyped they were for the [Miami] game."

Telemaque, who made the trip alone, ended the night on Franklin Street with host LeCount Fantroy.

The next morning Telemaque was up at 8 a.m. (5 a.m. local time for him back home), had breakfast, and then toured the campus.

"It was a beautiful day Saturday," Telemaque said. "The atmosphere all around was great. We went to the baseball field, through the practice fields, around the academic buildings and then Franklin Street. It was just a beautiful campus."

After participating in the pregame Old Well Walk, Telemaque watched UNC defeat ACC foe Miami, 33-27.

"The game was great," Telemaque said. "It was really exciting. The guys scored 27 points in the first half. Another one of my hosts Saturday was Deunta Williams and he had a big game; he had an interception and six or seven tackles. It was a big game and everybody seemed excited [about the win]."

Following the game, Telemaque spoke to freshman defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

"He was explaining to me the whole nine [yards] with recruiting," Telemaque said. "He wanted to let me know that they are out here to compete."

Saturday night, Telemaque met with UNC's coaching staff and academic support team, and Williams. Afterwards, Williams and Telemaque caught up with other football players and celebrated the victory.

"It was a great time," Telemaque said. "The whole time I was out there they were just letting me know that I'm wanted. I was enjoying myself and just really excited about everything I ate. I really enjoyed my time here."

Sunday morning Telemaque closed out his stay with one last meeting with the coaching staff.

"They were letting me know the breakdown of what was going on," Telemaque said. "I got to watch the Miami film with Coach Davis and Coach Pagano. We talked about the game and how they grade their game film."

Telemaque's stay firmly placed UNC among his favorites.

"I definitely have [UNC] in my top three," Telemaque said. "I just want to go through the recruiting process and enjoy how the coaches come out and talk to your parents, and take your official visits.

"I enjoyed the trip and the [UNC] coaches wanted to let me know I should go on all of my trips and enjoy the recruiting process as it comes. But, there's always a home at North Carolina."

Southern Cal, who recently offered, and Michigan also find themselves in Telemaque's top three.

Telemaque said he isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"It's really when the time is right," Telemaque said. "It could be next weekend, it could be Signing Day. It really depends on how I feel."

However, Telemaque does know what he's looking for in a school.

"All the colleges [I'm looking at] have good educations," Telemaque said. "… I'm really looking for a comfort level – like how I feel at that school – and what's the possibility of me playing early. If I come out there and let you know I'm trying to come out there for a spot, is there a spot out there for me right away? Of course I want to come to a school and compete – I don't want anything handed to me – but I definitely want a spot to compete for."

Telemaque will entertain his second official visit next weekend when he takes a red-eye flight to Michigan Friday night. He plans to take all five of his allotted official visits and isn't 100-percent certain on any of the remaining destinations, but figures they will be taken after his senior season.

In just five games of his senior season, Telemaque has recorded four interceptions and 28 tackles.

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