Two summer visits to Notre Dame left four-star defensive back Donte Vaughn high on the Irish heading into his senior season at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound cornerback plans to announce his college decision on Oct. 12, which also happens to be his 18th birthday.
Vaughn will visit Notre Dame one more time before he ends the recruiting process. He scheduled an official visit to South Bend for Sept. 5, the day the Irish open against Texas. Vaughn also has a visit to Tennessee scheduled for Oct. 10 and hopes to add a few more officials in the near future.
“I’m still working on the rest,” Vaughn said. “Right now I haven’t set any others up yet. I know there will be one to LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and right now maybe Ohio State. Those are the ones I’m going to visit.”
Those schools, along with Auburn, Mississippi State and Missouri, make up Vaughn’s short list.
Whitehaven began two-a-days a couple weeks ago and have already have played in two scrimmages. They’ll suit up for their Jamboree game on Friday and open the season on Aug. 22.
“We’re doing good,” Vaughn said. “I believe our defense has the potential to be the No. 1 defense in the state.”
Individually, Vaughn expects to play a big role this season. He’ll start at cornerback and also see time at quarterback, wide receiver and on the kick return team.
His work on the summer camp circuit has him eager to kick off the season.
“I’m feeling very confident,” he said. “I learned new ways to play my position. I got tips from all over and the different coaches and different NFL players who have been there. They know how to do stuff and they helped me out on my game.”
Scout.com ranks Vaughn as the 18th best safety in the country but most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback.