In somewhat of a surprise move, Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Vaughn Telemaque announced moments ago that he will be playing his college ball for the University of Miami.
Telemaque, 6-2, 180 pounds saw his stock rise as much as any player in the West this past season. He had a huge senior year earning 1st team all-state honors after picking off eight passes and leading the Jackrabbits to the Pac 5 Championship.
Telemaque took official visits to North Carolina, Michigan, Oregon, USC and Miami. Just a few weeks ago, the safety told us Oregon was his top school. In the last week, we heard reports that the Ducks no longer had a spot for Telemaque and his choices were narrowed to the Canes and Trojans.
Miami came in to the picture late but did an unbelievable job making up ground. Telemaque told us after his visit to Miami that it was the best trip he took and distance would not be a factor. The athlete then visited USC this past weekend and many close to the situation said Telemaque was torn between the two going back and forth.
We had heard early Wednesday that the Canes were the likely destination and Telemaque told us the reasons why he chose Miami.
"Man, I just really loved it there and felt so comfortable," Telemaque said. "Miami has a great tradition of producing top quality safeties and that meant a lot to me. I really connected with the coaching staff there and I got along so well with all the players, it was like we were all one big family.
"MIami stressed academics to me more than anyone as well and that was important to me. I really want to get my degree and I think Miami will push me to achieve that. I'm just excited to be a Cane. It's a great school and I can't wait to play for them."