The West’s top offensive prospect in the 2016 class and the No. 2 receiver nationally, Tyler Vaughns, was present in San Antonio last week for the U.S. Army All-American combine.
The La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat product touts double-digit offers. A few programs stand out early.
“I would say USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Washington and Oklahoma,” Vaughns said.
The five-star wide receiver maintains regular contact with Irish assistant Mike Denbrock.
“It’s the Irish, I like them because of their reputation,” Vaughns said. “I’ve been hearing good things about them, and I’m really going to school for academics. The tradition there is pretty good. I’ve been talking to their coach a lot.”
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver had 83 receptions for 1,500 yards as a junior. He also starred in the secondary.
“My route running is my biggest strength, and so is catching and being aggressive to the ball,” Vaughns said.
Football isn’t the only specialty for Vaughns, who starts at outfielder and shortstop for Bishop Amat, the same prep program that produced former Irish receiver Joey Getherall.
“Right now, I’m planning on playing football and baseball in college,” Vaughns said. “I’ll have a scholarship for football and I’ll walk on to play baseball.”
Is there a chance Vaughns bolts straight to the MLB?
“I don’t know about that just yet,” he said. “That’s something I haven’t really had a chance to think about too much.”
Vaughns does know his focus will be on baseball this spring, and he will hit the road for college visits in June.
“Academics and tradition and if it seems like a family environment are going to be important,” Vaughns said.