With a bevy of top prospects at the wide receiver position in California this year, USC seems to have several potential directions they could go.
But one name is likely to be a constant no matter how many receivers USC attempts to take, how it builds the class or what other options are explored — La Puenta (Calif.) Bishop Amat five-star Tyler Vaughns, the top wide receiver in the West region and the No. 2 overall receiver in the 2016 class.
Vaughns attended his first USC practice of the spring on Saturday and liked what he saw.
“It went good. Everybody was in sync. It was their ninth practice I think. It was my first one there, but it went good at their practice.”
Paying close attention to the receivers, Vaughns noted the work that true sophomore Juju Smith and Adoree’ Jackson are putting in.
“They’re doing good. I mean I was watching them yesterday. That was good to watch them and see how they are working throughout the system.”
When watching the Trojans’ spring practice, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Vaughns didn’t see a player quite like himself.
“I wouldn’t say I play like anybody on their team, but I would see myself fitting into their offense,” Vaughns said. “I’ve been watching it longer than any other offense.”
The No. 20 overall player in the Class of 2016 wants to do some more research on offensive systems of the teams that are recruiting him, so that he has a wider knowledge-base with which to help him narrow down his choices.
He is hoping to cull his list to a top five soon, but he doesn’t have a set timetable just yet. Instead of focusing on recruiting, Vaughns has been locked in on academics.
“It’s been going pretty good,” he said of the offseason. “Just working hard a little bit more and focusing on grades mostly.”
While USC and Vaughns have been linked for a long time now, he was not willing to put the Trojans in his top five just yet.
“Right now, there’s nobody. I’m just trying to go through everything and make my list. Right now, it’s just a blank sheet of paper.”
But Vaughns does indeed have an affinity for USC. He loves the coaching staff and the way he’s treated like family every time he steps foot on campus. He said he knows a handful of the current Trojans and they have welcomed him and included him in everything when he’s been around.
And how does USC feel about Vaughns? He relayed this message he received from USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin:
“He said he wanted me here…now. He needed me.”
Vaughns has previously said he plans to take all five of his official visits before making a decision and ala Iman Marshall, he is not planning to officially visit any local schools. If that holds true, USC won’t be receiviing a visit, but will be holding out hope of landing Vaughns as the potential star of this deep receiver class.