Chris Vaughn says he has a tough decision to make. "It's going to be a hard decision," said Vaughn. "All three are great schools and have something about them that I like."
One school in the race is Iowa. Vaughn had Coach Ferentz in for his in-home visit earlier in the week. "He's a great guy--I like Iowa. I think UCLA and Notre Dame are headed in the right direction, but Iowa is on another level. They've finished in the top eight the last two years in a row. They are now a National contender."
Vaughn will have UCLA in on Friday and Coach Tyrone Willingham will be at his home on Saturday.
The Irish made an impression on Vaughn when he visited there last weekend. "To be honest, I wasn't really thrilled about Notre Dame. They came in late, and I wasn't really interested. The visit got off to kind of a slow start. But, I started to feel real comfortable with everyone there. I could feel a nice vibe with the teammates, and the coaches have always been honest with me. As the visit went on, I really started to feel comfortable there. I could definitely see myself playing there."
"I also like Coach Willingham," Vaughn continued. "He's a player's coach. He doesn't talk down to his players or the other coaches there. He's the kind of guy you want to play hard for."
We asked Vaughn if he could think of anything negative about Notre Dame. "The whole social culture in Indiana. But, that's not why I'm going to school. I'm going to get my degree and to play big-time football, and I can definitely do that at Notre Dame."
Family also plays a role in most decisions. We asked Vaughn what his family would like him to do. "They try not to say much about it. I think my Dad likes Notre Dame. He likes the smaller schools and the education there. He hasn't told me, but I've heard that is where he wants me to go."
Comments: We believe Iowa will be the main competition in this race for the Irish. The Hawkeyes and Ferentz impressed Vaughn with their home visit. UCLA and Willingham are up next. This should be a close race, and Vaughn also said he wouldn't announce his decision until signing day.