Notre Dame’s interest in four-star athlete Donte Vaughn intensified on Wednesday when the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn., visited campus with his teammates.
Vaughn, who previously had talked with Irish defensive backs coach Todd Lyght, landed an offer during the campus stop and immediately added the Irish to his list of top schools.
“One thing that stood out was the academics and the graduation rates and stuff. That actually stood out. They moved up a lot now that I have an offer from them,” Vaughn said. “Right now I don’t really have any favorites but I have some teams in mind like Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn and Tennessee, and now I have Michigan State, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.”
Vaughn was part of a contingent of players from Whitehaven and Trezevant high schools making their way from Memphis through the Midwest and to Detroit for Thursday’s Sound Mind, Sound Body camp.
On Tuesday, the group stopped at Illinois and Northwestern then saw Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State on Wednesday. After the camp they’ll head to Indiana, Ohio State and Cincinnati on Saturday. Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky will get looks on Sunday before the group makes its way back to Memphis.
The brief visit to South Bend let Vaughn learn more about the school and meet several members of the Irish coaching staff.
“I was in coach Brian Kelly’s office and he was just talking to me and stuff about the school and whatever,” Vaughn said. “He let me know I had a scholarship offer. I was very excited about it.”
Coach Lyght had previously explained Notre Dame’s defensive philosophy and told Vaughn he’d be a perfect fit as a cornerback in the Irish secondary.
“He said he likes my game and stuff,” Vaughn said. “He said I would fit into their defense and how they run it because I’m a very aggressive player at the line and I can run with the fast wide outs. I can play well in the box too.”
Michigan and Michigan State could be on the verge of offering, especially if Vaughn performs well in Detroit.
“They said they would be evaluating me at the camp,” he said.
Vaughn hopes to see several more of the schools on his offer list later this summer.