USA Today // Mike Granse

Commodores hosting former Nashville high school star

Former Pearl Cohn High School and Illinois running back, Ke'Shawn Vaughn is back home in Nashville today visiting Southeastern Conference member, the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vaughn is a former high school star that was heavily recruited by the Dores out of high school but signed with the Fighting Illini. Can the Dores finally seal the deal with Vaughn and make him a part of the Vanderbilt football roster?

The recruitment of Ke'Shawn Vaughn is well known by the Vanderbilt faithful. Two years when Vaughn was a senior in high school, he was heavily recruited by many around the country but was wanted more by the Commodores. 

The former Pearl Cohn star and Mr. Football Back of the Year, decided to transfer from Illinois earlier this month and Vanderbilt immediately came calling, the moment they heard the news. Now the Commodores have an opportunity to right any wrongs in their past recruitment of Vaughn, because Vanderbilt is hosting the Nashville native on campus this weekend for a visit. 

Vaughn saw his time diminish at Illinois as a sophomore. The former 4-star had to share carries with others and somehow, found his way down the depth chart. This past season in Champaign, Vaughn carried the ball 60 times for 301 yards and 3 Td's. As a freshman, Vaughn earned All-Big Freshman honors after carrying the ball 157 times for 723 yards and 6 Td's. He led the team in all three categories. 

Vanderbilt was quickly seen as a contender the moment he decided to leave Illinois. Vaughn is from Nashville and has previous relations with Commodores head coach Derek Mason.

It is not known at this time if Vanderbilt will or could be his only visit. Much like he was in high school, Vaughn keeps quiet about most things, so it is undetermined what his plans are with his next college destination. 

If the Commodores were able to land Vaughn, it would be a possible game changer. He is an electric running back who has the ability to find the end zone anytime the ball is in his hands. The fan base as well would immediately be excited and his addition could bring more local Nashville residents to Vanderbilt Stadium.

Stay tuned to DoresDaily for the latest on Vaughn as well as the Commodores current recruiting weekend. 

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