While the coaching staff is waiting to sign their 2017 recruiting class tomorrow, the Vanderbilt football program received big news Tuesday night as Illinois running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn announced his decision to transfer back home and finish out his career with the Commodores.
Vaughn played his 1st two season's in Champaign for the Illini where he became a starter early in year one and eventually earned Freshman All-Big honors. He quickly burst onto the scene as someone Illinois felt could be an All-Conference player but a coaching change and other factors buried Vaughn on the depth chart, which eventually led to his departure.
The loss for Illinois is Vanderbilt's gain. The former Mr. Football Back of the year as a senior, Vaughn is returning home to Nashville where he starred in high school and gives the Commodores a proven back and someone that can easily step into a starting role in two years.
Vaughn must sit out the upcoming season due to transfer rules but that will give him plenty of time to get acclimated to the Vanderbilt culture and receive a head start on his academics.
This is also a big move for the Vanderbilt football program. Vaughn is someone the Vandy faithful and the city of Nashville know very well. The Commodores recruited Vaughn hard as a senior and was considered a strong contender to receive his signature. He ended up signing with Illinois but everything has come full circle as Music City star has come back home.