USC has always been La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat wide receiver Tyler Vaughns' dream school, and while he never narrowed down his list of favorite college options as his commitment date neared, he did more than just dream about USC.
Vaughns has been a regular at USC fall camp practices, envisioning more about what the Trojans have to offer today than what those teams with Pete Carroll did when he was growing up.
“I just needed to get up there to see them in person again — see practice and the coaches,” said Vaughns. “Coach [Tee] Martin talked about their offense and the spot they see me in.
“We talk almost everyday anyway, so there wasn’t a lot he could tell me. I understand I’m not just going to come in and start right away, but I wanted to see how the team was looking.
“The coaches just wanted to let me know that they wanted me and had a spot for me. Tee Martin said he needs me.”
And with that, Vaughns became commitment No. 16 for USC and the highest rated receiver in the Trojans 2016 class. Vaughns had 83 receptions for 1,183-yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior for Bishop Amat.
Of course, he also becomes the fifth player in the class projected to line up at wide out for USC next fall.
That was not a factor that weighed heavily in his decision.
“I never back down back down from anyone, so I’m not worried about the competition," said Vaughns. “I know the other receivers they have committed and our styles are different.
“Trevon (Sidney), (Josh) Imatorbhebhe… everybody does their own thing. Imatorbhebhe is a beast.”
Instead of why he might look elsewhere, there were some inherent factors pull him to USC.
“USC is close to home and I have a great relationship with the coaches — all of the coaches,” said Vaughns. “That was my first offer and I always wanted to go to USC, so that was big.
“When USC offered, I actually thought about committing right there, but I didn’t want to commit just off guys like Reggie Bush and Marqise Lee.
“I needed to be comfortable with the staff and players on the team. I also needed to look more into the academics of each school. USC is still really the only school I’ve seen, so that’s why I still want to take my visits.”
Before committing, Vaughns stated that he would still like to take all five official visits before signing his letter of intent to USC.
“I’d like to still visit Alabama, Georgia and Washington… some schools like that,” said Vaughns. “I want to use my trips to see schools far away that I won’t be able to normal travel to.”
But an addition to playing football for USC, Vaughns has another commitment to watch out for.
"I've committed to play baseball there too," said Vaughns. "I went up there Saturday and talked to the baseball coaches. I've been up there before for game because my dad use to always take us when we were little. But I've never really seen the baseball facilities outside the locker room.
"They see me playing pitcher and outfield. I'm not going to settle for one sport. I mean, if I had to, I would, but I don't want to. It's a good feeling knowing that since I was little I wanted to play baseball and football at a college. Now I can do that."