Sooner WR Recruit Confident in Ability

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with junior wide receiver Marcus Vaughn from Pearland Dawson High School in Texas after a huge playoff game performance.

High school football in the Lone Star State is heating up as state semifinals are going down this week. For the Oklahoma program, several key junior targets are involved in the action. In the Class 4A Division I bracket, Pearland Dawson will take on the defending state championships from Austin Lake Travis. 

In only its second year playing varsity ball, the Dawson team has made quite a statement. This team is headlined by quarterback and Utah commit Darian Lazard, but his No. 1 playmaker is Marcus Vaughn

Vaughn, a junior wide receiver, played a big role in the Eagles' 28-11 win over a favored Friendswood team. And for a player of his caliber, believing in his abilities plays a huge factor in his success.

"Anytime we need a touchdown from anywhere, I go to coach and ask him to give me the ball. I know in a one-on-situation, I can't be stopped. That's plain and simple," Vaughn said. "I would say that this level of confidence helps me makes the plays. If you go out there and know that you are going to make the play and see yourself making the play, nine out of ten times you will make the play."

And in the recent playoff win, Vaughn did just that. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prep star hauled in three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown catch from 18 yards out sealed the deal for the victory.

"When the receiver brought the play in, I told him (Lazard) to meet me in the end zone," Vaughn said. "So he threw me the ball and I made the play. If my number gets called, I'm there to make the play."

On the year, Vaughn has 48 receptions for 908 yards and eight touchdowns. That level of play has brought him quite a bit of attention from Division I coaching staffs.

"So far I have heard of one offer from Houston, but it's quite a few schools that are interested in me," Vaughn said. "Texas, Utah, Arizona, Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and a few other schools are sending me a lot of things."

One of the programs sending him a lot of things is the Sooner coaches. 

"I get about two letters a week from them. I know that that is a good program," Vaughn said. "That is definitely a school I want to look into."

From the tone of the interview, it's obvious that confidence is not an issue with a player like Vaughn. In fact, he feels that this level of inner strength could carry him through to the next level of play.

"You can keep the same mentality, but it will have to change some. You can go to the next level thinking that you can't be stopped," Vaughn said. "But you have to go out there and make the play so that you know you can't be stopped."

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