Vaughn will get second Irish look

Four-star defensive back Donte Vaughn landed an Irish offer when he visited Notre Dame earlier this month. He’ll return in July for a closer look.

Four-star athlete Donte Vaughn thought enough of his first look at Notre Dame that he wants his parents to see it this summer too.

“I’m going back to Notre Dame with my parents,” said Vaughn, a 6-foot-3, 196-pounder from Memphis, Tenn. “They wanted to go up there so I’m going up there on July 17-18.”

Vaughn, ranked by Scout.com as the 18th best safety in the country, is being recruited as a safety and he learned from the Irish coaching staff how he’d fit into their defensive scheme.

The Irish have remained in close contact, a strategy that helped Vaughn set up that return visit.

“I had a meeting with the defensive coordinator and I had a meeting with Todd Lyght and the head coach,” Vaughn said. “The words that they told me really helped me out with my recruiting process and all of that. It gave me a little insight into Notre Dame. I (direct message) with coach Lyght. He just catches up with me seeing how everything is with my recruitment and how did I feel about the school.”

Vaughn also visited Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State during June and hopes to see Texas A&M at the end of July.

Those visits helped Vaughn narrow his list to a top 8, which he plans to release on July 5, his father’s birthday.

“(The tour) really helped me,” he said. “I got a chance to talk to different coaches and they gave me some insight and tips at how I should be looking at everything.”

A commitment could come in October but Vaughn hasn’t set that date yet.

He plans to choose the school that will set him up for success in the future, on and off the football field.

“Football is great but I want a school that I know after my college career and if I’m blessed enough to make it to the NFL that I want to have a stable career,” he said. “I want a school that I know is going to prepare me to have a stable career.”


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