Receiver Chris Vaughn On UCLA

With offers from the likes of UCLA and Notre Dame, the wide receiver from a east coast prep school, <b>Chris Vaughn</b>, raved about his visit to Westwood this weekend, and gave us a hint as to how it has affected his preference for schools...

Tall, fast, and with good hands, Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More receiver Chris Vaughn, 6-4, 205, sounds like several receivers UCLA has had through the years.

And Vaughn's trip to Westwood went well enough that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him join that list.

"Oh man, the trip to UCLA was great.," Vaughn said. "I had a blast out there. The whole city is happening. We did all kinds of things out there, got to see a lot of stuff. L.A. was just incredible. Justin London was my host and he knows what it's like to go from one side of the country to the other."

The trip to Westwood was his fourth visit, and he still has one more left. "I've been to Iowa, Michigan State, Boston College and UCLA. I am going to visit Notre Dame this weekend. I hope to make my decision by next week when I am done with my trips," said Vaughn.

Did Vaughn have a favorite going into his final trip? "All the schools are real great, but UCLA definitely made an impact with me. I could definitely see myself going there."

Vaughn's talked more about how his first trip out west was everything he hoped it would be. "L.A. is a big city. Iowa and Michigan State are in smaller towns. They took us to the Rose Bowl. All those times I have watched big games on television and saw the Rose Bowl and always wanting to play in that stadium, that would be great. We went to the basketball game and the Hall of Fame. The campus is great too. It was just a great trip."

How did a kid from an east coast preop school get hooked up with UCLA? "Like I said about watching games in the Rose Bowl, I have always seen the tradition at UCLA, and not just the football or basketball team, but in their athletic program. So when they had some interest, I had some in them. Coach (Jon) Embree is someone I could play for. He is a good teacher and coach. So is Coach (Karl) Dorrell. He was a coach in the NFL so he knows what it takes to get there."

In addition to London, Vaughn also spent some time with Bruin receiver Craig Bragg. "Craig was real cool. He is the man there, someone I could learn from. The coaches told me they would want me to play the position he plays and learn from him. I also could return kicks, and want to do that," said Vaughn.

With offers from UCLA, Boston College and Notre Dame, academics are not a problem for Vaughn, who is fully qualified.


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