Cassius Vaughan is eligible and ready

Cassius Vaughan (DB, Memphis, TN) -'s #20 cornerback in the South will be the only corner in the '06 class for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Speed is essential for any cornerback. Luckily for Ole Miss, Cassius has plenty of it as he ran a Region best 10.5 in the 100 meters last Spring. Vaughan looks forward to getting back on the track this Spring.

"I am just running track right now. I want to win state this year. I am running the 100, 200, 4 by 400," stated the always polite Cassius Vaughan.

Vaughan's senior football season was a trying one, but in the end, he marked it down as a learning experience.

"It was good. It was not exactly what I was expecting going into the year. I got hurt early on. They moved me from RB to WR when I got back, and I was used more as a decoy than anything else. I did get to start at corner too, so that was good, but I was not use to not being the focal point for our offense."

How tough was the transition from rushing over 1, 500 yards as a junior, to becoming a decoy for East's offense? "For a minute, I was a little frustrated because I am so competitive. But then I accepted the fact because I wanted to be a team player, and there are more players on the team than me. I just took it all as a learning experience."

Even with the switch of positions, Cassius still left his mark on Memphis East's squad.

"I still had 19 TD's on offense, and most of that was rushing. Everything else was on defense. I had 19 pass deflections, 2 interceptions and like 38 tackles. On special teams, I blocked 2 punts and 2 field goals. I also returned 2 punts for TD's and 2 kickoffs for TD's. I had 19 offensive TD's, 4 special teams TD's, and 1 defensive TD. It was not all bad. I also made All-State, All-Region and Best of the Preps."

Cassius was offered by the likes of Ole Miss, Memphis, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Alabama, Louisville and Kentucky before t his senior campaign had even started, but he choose the Rebels. Why?

"Coaches Rippon and Orgeron kept in touch with me more than the other colleges. We just built that bond early, and I knew how bad they wanted me. They made me feel wanted. They even stayed with me when I was not eligible, so when I became eligible, I wanted to stay loyal to them. And then when I went on my official visit, it was home. The decision was really easy for me."

Has Ole Miss made it known where Cassius will play next season?

"I am looking at corner. I will start at corner, and if that does not go well, they will give me a look at WR or RB. But, I am going in as a cornerback."

Rumor had it that the Vaughan's would be hosting a signing day party at their house. Are they true?

"Yea, I think we are going to have a little ceremony at our house. I have talked to Cecil Frison, LaDerrick Vaughn, Allen Walker, Markeith Summers, and Greg Hardy. I should have some more Memphis boys in here to."

Could Duke Calhoun be joining the signing day party?

"I talked to him while he was on his way back from Arkansas. He told me it was down to Ole Miss and Memphis. I think Memphis is going to be tough to beat, but he would not tell me anything. He just said it was down to Ole Miss and Memphis."

When does Cassius expect to enroll at Ole Miss?

"I am going to come up there for most of the Spring practices so I can try and learn anything I can. I am also going down there on most of the Saturdays in the Spring so I can learn the play book. I am going down there with the intentions of playing, not sitting. I will move down for good (to Ole Miss) in June."

Cassius carries a 2.7 GPA / 18 ACT.

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