Vaughns visits Rising Stars

Tyler Vaughns spent two days talking with players and meeting with the Trojans coaching staff at the USC Rising Stars camp.

La Puente (Calif.) five-star wide out Tyler Vaughns has been to USC many times, and with a commitment date set for August, the Army All-American is doing more than just hanging out when he attends camps like Rising Stars.

“I really wanted to see the coaches again because I haven’t really been around them in a bit,” said Vaughns. “We talked a bit and I ended up getting the receiver award.

“Even though I didn’t get the ball a lot, the coaches liked that I ran my routes hard and I always gave the quarterback an option. I thought I did good, but maybe not as good as I wanted to.

“There were some times when I went up to catch the ball and I didn’t lay out for it enough. I did a good job, but not my best.

“Being around the coaches is fun though. I feel like when I’m down there they have interest in me. Not only as a football player, but in me as a person. I can see they want me here badly, but I’m just trying to make the right decision.”

That decision will come a week before the start of his senior season. Between now and then, don’t expect a countdown of college options for Vaughns leading up to his commitment date.

“I’m probably just going to (commit) and not make a top five or anything like that,” said Vaughns. “But I’m still going to be open to everything. It’s not going to be like, ‘I committed and I’m done.’

“I’m going to commit, but at the end of the day, I want to make sure I made the right decision. I do still want to commit before the season. I don’t want to be focusing on recruiting when I’m playing next season.”

Vaughns already has a couple of official visits in mind for after his senior season.

“I was supposed to go see Georgia and Alabama this summer, but I don’t know of that will happen,” said Vaughns. “If I don’t get out there, then they might be schools I officially visit.”

Participating at the Rising Stars Camp Wednesday and returning Thursday to meet more with the USC coaching staff, Vaughns had the opportunity to meet several Trojan commits.

“That receiver, (Josh) Imatorbhebhe, who is committed to USC, he was really good,” said Vaughns. “He was the only guy that really stood out that I saw. I didn’t notice too many corners or anything.

“Imatorbhebhe and those guys were just telling me to come be a part of the Trojan family. But Imatorbhebhe also said he wanted me to make the right decision too. He was the only player I really talked to like that.”

Being that Imatorbehbhe is a wide receiver and Vaughns is a wide receiver, the assumption is that there might be a competitive rivalry in who ends up at USC in 2016.

“Even if you distribute the ball around, you have to make about team,” said Vaughns. “We have to have one goal, and that’s to win a national championship. I think he gets that and I get that.

“We all want to get the ball, but it’s a team sport at the end of the day and we have to see the bigger picture.

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