Safety Robert Vaughn of North Attelboro, Mass. caught the eye of coaches at the Elite College Combine in May in Randolph, N.J. Coming out of nowhere, the 6-foot-0, 185-pounder turned some heads and is now being recruiting by numerous schools.
"I was a sleeper before and no one knew who I was," he said. "I had a really good performance at the combine and I got a lot of responses. I ran 4.8-second in the 40 and 4.37 in the shuttle at the Elite, but it was on a slippery surface. I think I was just nervous and I don't think I stayed as low like I'm supposed to. I think I was down on myself for that 40 number, but that made my performance that much better in one-on-ones to redeem myself.
"I know I was performing against the top wide receivers on the East Coast. I was pumped up when I broke up the first pass and I thought I can do this. I am as good as everyone there and I went up against some big kids like Vidal Hazelton and he didn't burn me. I broke up his pass once and I wasn't holding back from anyone. I think receivers caught two passes on me all night."
What did the safety prospect show scouts that they may not have known before?
"I think I showed them that I don't give up," he said. "I think I also showed that I'm aggressive, get a good break on the ball and that I can play either side of the ball."
Since the combine, Vaughn has had visits from Northeastern and Notre Dame to his school. He has also been told that Western Kentucky, Syracuse and Connecticut are coming soon.
The prospect has received a good amount of mail as well from Boston College, Northwestern, Virginia, Syracuse, Connecticut, TCU and Missouri. Does Vaughn have any favorites?
"I really like Connecticut, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Virginia," he said. "I really like Syracuse because my brother runs track there and I've been up there before. I like Connecticut a lot because I've been up to their campus too. I like Notre Dame just because of Charlie Weis. I've known him for two years since my dad's friend is the running back coach with the New England Patriots. Finally, Virginia seems to really like me and they are a really good academic school."
Vaughn's dream school could be a slight reach, but he's still hoping anyways.
"I went to Florida State's camp last year and that's my dream school," he said. "I've just grown up loving Florida State. I love the school and coaches, they remind me of my school and coaches and it just feels like another home."
This summer Vaughn is looking at heading to Boston College and Syracuse for camps. As for next year, the safety prospect has big plans.
"We have a lot of kids coming back, so we're definitely looking forward to winning the Super Bowl," he said. "I'm looking to train hard during the summer and get more exposure from colleges and then concentrate on my season."