Pearl-Cohn star talks Vanderbilt

KeShawn Vaughn caused quite a stir in the Nashville area rushing for more than 2,000 yards during the regular season at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back also caused a stir at the Vanderbilt one-day camp and received his second SEC offer from head coach, Derek Mason.

"After the camp, Coach Mason came up to me and said, 'You put on a show for us and we'd like to offer you'," Keshawn Vaughn told "He told me I looked like a three-dimensional back with my ability to run, block, and catch the ball out of the backfield. He said he was very impressed with what he saw from me.

"I like Vanderbilt. I liked it there a lot actually. The coaches make you feel like family and that's important to me."

Vaughn's rushing skill helped his team, the Firebirds, to the second round of the Tennessee Class 4A playoffs a season ago. His performance has attracted a wide variety of offers from Cal, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and seven others from FBS and FCS schools.

"I don't have any favorites right now," said Vaughn. "I'm still open and not really looking to commit in the near future. When I do go to make my decision, I want a school where I'll be able to get some early playing time, a place that's welcoming and feels like family, and somewhere I'll receive a good education.

"My focus is on my senior season. We have to replace our quarterback and some offensive lineman but the goal is to get to state and to win state and I want to help my team do that. I want to rush for a lot of yards again. I don't really have a certain number I want to hit, but as long as I do my part and we're winning then that's all that matters. I think I've improved my game in a lot of ways since last year, especially in making my cuts."

The Music City has an abundance of talent this year. The Commodores already have a verbal commitment from Donovan Sheffield of Ensworth, but would love to add players like Kyle Phillips (Hillsboro), Alex Givens (Nashville Christian) and Vaughn to this year's class.

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