Bishop Amat junior wide out Tyler Vaughns has made a name for himself with performances in three states this year.
Vaughns, who stars on both sides of the football for the Lancers as a
cornerback and receiver, was a standout at the IMG Passing Championship
in Bradenton (Fla.) last summer. Already demonstrating his prowess over
the past six months in California, Vaughns and the Lancers flew to
Aledo (Texas) last Friday to represent CIF football.
“The mindset was to start strong and to finish strong,” said Vaughns.
“If we lose, we represent Cali ball and what Cali is about.
“We had to go out there and beat them badly, which we did. I was happy
with how we played. We showed them we’re not just going to bow down
because we’re in your state.”
Bishop Amat beat the top ranked team in Texas 5A football 42-7 with
Vaughns scoring a 36-yard touchdown reception. In beating Aledo, Amat
had to contend with four-star wide receiver Ryan Newsome.
“Yeah, we knew he was one of the main guys we had to lock down,” said
Vaughns. “So me or Trevon (Sidney) had to cover him most of the game.
But they didn’t really get him the ball, so I can’t say he really
The week before, Vaughns and Bishop Amat lost a hard fought game to
Santa Margarita 26-21. Although Vaughns doesn’t paint himself as a
vocal leader for the Lancers, he made it a point to get the team
focused after the loss.
“We went back on Monday and I talked to my teammates about our next
game,” said Vaughns. “We were going to travel, we were going to be in
their state in front of a hostile crowd, so we just had to play our
Unlike against Santa Margarita, Vaughns played on both sides of the
football for four quarters in Texas. At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Vaughns
playmaking ability in the air makes him a deadly receiving threat, but
his length and speed also reflect the new trend at the cornerback
“I’m just about playing and wherever my team needs me, that’s where
I’ll play,” said Vaughns. “That goes for college too. I’ll play
wherever my team needs me — corner or receiver.”
Vaughns attended USC’s home opener against Fresno State with his
teammate, Trevon Sidney. While Vaughns expected a Trojan victory, he
didn’t expect the final score or how it was achieved.
“They came out just firing,” said Vaughns. “I thought they might have a
slow start, but USC came out and killed them the whole game.”
Vaughns has been to USC several times and the Trojan coaching staff has
given him a lot to think about each time he visits.
“Sometimes they talk like I should just go ahead with the process, but
then other times I can tell they just want me to commit already so I
can just start fitting in with the team,” said Vaughns. “I do feel like
it’s home already.
“I’ve been going there and I haven’t really been to any other colleges.
Me, Dylan Crawford, K.J. (Costello) and Trevon joke about committing
sometimes. We should just commit today and stop playing, but it’s just
While in Texas, Vaughns also caught some of the USC win over Stanford.
“I didn’t get to see that much of it,” said Vaughns. “I just wanted to
see the score because I wanted them to win, badly. I knew their defense
was solid, so I was just hoping they could it shut down and pull out
USC’s freshmen class has had a big impact early in the season for the
Trojans, and that hasn’t been an overlooked aspect by Vaughns or his
“I’ve been mostly watching Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith,” said
Vaughns. “Adoree is playing both ways and Juju Smith is just killing it
on offense. He had that big run in the Fresno game, and I was just
like, ‘Yeah, that could be me in a couple years.’”
It’s rare that any player contributes on both offense and defense at
the D-I level. The fact that Jackson has done it as a freshman has been
that much more impressive to Vaughns.
“I didn’t think he would be a true freshman doing that,” said Vaughns.
“I thought next year maybe, but not this year. I am surprised to see
him doing that.”
Vaughns talks USC and Texas
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