La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat beat Gardena (Calif.) Serra 14-7 in a defensive battle. There was a tremendous amount of talent on the field in both the junior and senior class but Lancer two-way athlete Tyler Vaughns was the best player on the field.
Vaughns measured in at the NIKE Camp last April at 6-1, 170 pounds but looks at least an inch taller and may even be in that 6-2.4 range now. He has incredible body control, hand-eye coordination and can beat a defense in so many ways as a receiver.
He's a smooth route runner that has no problem getting open, against any type of defense. He's a natural pass catcher with soft hands, runs very well after the catch and has the speed to be a deep threat as well. He's also a very talented defensive back with the size and range of a safety but the athleticism of a corner.
Against Serra, he made plays on both sides of the ball. He scored the Lancers opening touchdown on a nice inside screen and showed his ability in the secondary later in the half with an acrobatic interception where he jumped over the top of the intended receiver to make the play.
If there's an area where we'd like to see Vaughns improve in, it would be just his overall strength and that will come with maturity. As he gets stronger, especially in his upper body, he'll be that much more affective running after the catch, breaking tackles and getting off press coverage.
As it is now, Vaughns has definitely elevated his game and he was already ranked as the No. 27 player in the class of 2016. He's currently a high 4-star prospect but has a great chance to be bumped to 5-star status at a later date, he's that talented.