Vaughns nearing announcement

Bishop Amat five-star wide receiver Tyler Vaughns has commitment date, and although he doesn't have a top 10, five or even three, he is looking forward to announcing a college decision.

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat five-star wide receiver Tyler Vaughns has a date for his commitment, and perhaps a destination already in mind.

Vaughns, rated the No. 2 wide receiver in the country, will announce a college decision Aug. 22 from Bishop Amat High School. Coming from The Opening Finals, where his teammate Trevon Sidney committed to USC, Vaughns felt no pressure to make his decision while in Oregon.

“Everybody does it up there, but I don’t really want to be like everybody,” said Vaughns. “I’m waiting for my date, which will be right before the start of my senior season.

“It was important for me to do it at my school how I want to do it.”

With several Trojan commits at The opening Finals, it was hard for Vaughns not to hear about USC on a daily basis.

“It was hard because everybody kept asking me, ‘Are you committing today’ over and over,” said Vaughns. “It was good to be wanted, but I’m waiting for my date.

“Melquise (Stovall) was probably on me the most. His name is Melquise, but we call him Ugly Squidward.

“He’s just a funny dude. He looks just like Squidward, but he’s a cool dude. He’s been on me about this for months. Every sentence is, ‘Yeah, we’re going to go out later, blah, blah, blah… and then when we get to SC…’

“He’ll just slip it in there, and I’m like, ‘Okay bro.’”

Vaughns overall experience at The Opening Finals was one he’ll never forget.

“It was a great experience going against the best players and everybody is a top notch competition,” said Vaughn. “It’s not the kind of event where one guys stands out.

“There are no No. 1 guys. You have to go out there and prove yourself to a bunch of kids who don’t know you and want to prove they’re better than you.”

Although The Opening Finals is an event stacked with talent, there was one defensive back that caught Vaughns eye especially.

“Yeah, [Saivion Smith], the tall corner from IMG,” said Vaughns. “He was real good and challenged me a lot.”

Although Vaughns is closing in on announcing a commitment, he does not maintain a final list of favorite schools.

Having said that, USC remains one of the top schools Vaughns still has under consideration.

“It’s close to home, USC was my first offer and I have a great relationship with the coaches,” said Vaughns. “I chat up the coaches a lot, so I still communicate with USC.”

As it stands, USC has two wide receiver commits, with two more prospects in the committed class slated to play wide receiver. That includes Bishop Amat teammate, Trevon Sidney.

“Yeah, but I’m not worried about competition,” said Vaughns. “There’s competition at every school, and I never back down to anybody.

Josh Imatorbhebhe, he’s from Georgia and committed to USC. I’ve seen him play at the camp and our styles, it’s kind of different how we play.”

With the wide receiver position already looking strong for 2016, the USC coaching staff has also done their best to ease any fears Vaughns may have about joining class.

“Last time I went to USC, the coaches just told me, ‘When in doubt, we’ve got a spot for you,’” said Vaughns. “I still hold them to that, although I don’t know where I’ll go yet.”

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