Verkedric Vaughns has been making waves in the recruiting world as of late.
The talented Mesquite Poteet athlete already holds an offer from Northwestern and has been receiving strong interest from programs such as Arkansas, California and Oklahoma State.
But last month, Vaughns decided to make a trip right down the street to SMU's junior day and came away impressed with what his local school has to offer.
"Even though I'm from Dallas, I didn't know too much about SMU other than what I learned at a basketball camp last year," Vaughns said. "But now, I could really see myself going there. The facilities were really nice and so was the campus."
Although Vaughns does have BCS interest, the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder says SMU is currently in his top five.
"It's close to home so my family can come support me," he said. "That would be really great. I also really like the school, and they are on the rise so I'm really interested in SMU right now. I would say they are in my top five."
Last season, Vaughns earned second team all-district honors as a wide receiver after catching 31 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns. He also played some running back and cornerback as helped lead the Pirates to the state quarterfinals.
Vaughns says his future at the next level is at cornerback, where he'll start this season. SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason agrees and will be at Mesquite Poteet later this spring to evaluate Vaughns and possibly extend an offer.
"At junior day, Coach Mason said he liked my athleticism and that I'm versatile and that I can return kicks. He said I would be a good corner for him and that he was going to watch me soon," Vaughns said. "I tried calling him a few days ago, but he never answered. He finally emailed me back and told me the coaches were going overseas so I guess we'll see what happens."
While Vaughns awaits word of a potential SMU offer, he has been hard at working getting in shape so he can be a factor on both sides of the ball next season.
"Our coach changed everything up this offseason. We're working a lot harder," he said. "I've been working a lot on footwork and my hip movement so I can do well at corner. I believe we can go at least four rounds deep or more."
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