Athlete of the week: Tyler Vaughns

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The Bishop Amat High School football pipeline to USC is back up and running.

Standout wide receiver Tyler Vaughns became the second big-time Lancers recruit this summer to give a verbal commitment to USC. Vaughns announced his decision on Wednesday at a lunchtime ceremony in front of his Amat classmates.

“It feels like home to me and it’s good to stay local,” Vaughns said when asked why he chose the Trojans. “My parents can come see the games. My parents blessed me with the opportunity to get here to this stage, so I felt like I could give them an opportunity to see me play and not have to go across the country.”

Indeed, Vaughns was a national recruit. The 6-foot-33 receiver had 15 offers and is considered to be one of the top receivers on the West Coast. He narrowed his list down to Alabama, Georgia, Washington and USC.

In late July, Vaughns’ Amat teammate Trevon Sidney, also a receiver, gave a verbal commitment to USC.

Amat is no stranger to sending its top talent the Trojans’ way. In the late 1980s and throughout the ‘90s, many former Lancers played their college ball at USC. Prior to that, Amat football greats including quarterback Pat Haden and receiver J.K. McKay had legendary careers for the Trojans. Haden is currently USC’s athletic director.

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer