The Summer of Telemaque

The 6-2, 190-pound safety prospect from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Vaughn Telemaque, didn't have any scholarship offers this spring, but in the last month has collected three -- one from a Big Ten power andone from a Pac-10 program. He talks to us about his development and recruitment...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Vaughn Telemaque (6-2, 190) thought he had flown under the radar long enough. So he got proactive this summer.

"I did really well at all of the camps and passing league tournaments we were in," said Telemaque. "I wanted to show that I am a D-1 safety. Now the offers are finally coming in."

North Carolina and new coach Butch Davis were the first to extend Telemaque an offer, which he was pretty excited about. "When the North Carolina one came, I was relieved and really excited because I didn't really hear a lot from them," said Telemaque.

Then came one from Michigan, which meant a lot to him. "Coach (Ron) English saw my highlight tape because I finally sent it to him. He said that the film he had on Donovan (Warren, his Poly teammate who signed with Michigan), didn't have me at safety. So when I got him my highlight tape, he could see I could play."

Finally, Oregon came in for his first Pac-10 offer. "That one just came (on Saturday) and I am definitely interested in Oregon," Telemaque said.

Telemaque is also hoping that the in-state schools pick things up with him, as all have recruited at Poly in the past few years.

"I thought after I did really good at the USC camp that they might offer me, but I haven't really even heard from them," said Telemaque. "Coach (Gary) DeLoach at UCLA said that they were going to watch my first couple of games. And Cal, I haven't really heard a whole lot but they said they would be watching me, too."

As for a leader, Telemaque said he doesn't have one at the moment, and that since the offers have just started rolling in, he's still in the early stages.

"I'd like to stay close to home, but if the best chance for me to play is away from home, then that's where I'd go," said Telemaque. "I want to take all five of my visits, but I've been told that I probably won't make it to all five, that I'll find the school before I'm done with all of them."

Telemaque said that, despite passing league not being the best place for him to showcase his hitting ability, he grew as a player there. "It's helped me in coverage and to become a better player," said Telemaque. "But I'm a hitter and I think that when we get the pads on, you'll see that part of my game."

Telemaque said he has set a goal for interceptions this year, too. "My goal is 14 picks, which would break the Poly record. I think I can do them. I may not get an interception every game, but I think I can get a couple a game," said Telemaque.

Academically, Telemaque said he was doing better and gave a lot of credit to his tutor. "Mrs. Monica Kim has been a big help and, without her, I don't know if I'd have the chance to play. I didn't take school seriously at first because I didn't think football would take me anywhere, but now that I know it will, I am working really hard in school."

As a junior, Telemaque had 54 tackles, four deflections and two picks in helping lead the Jackrabbits to the 2006 CIF-Pac 5 Division Semifinals.

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