MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Donte Vaughn, 4-star cornerback from Whitehaven High School, announced his commitment to Notre Dame this afternoon on Twitter.
Vaugn put out a statement along with a picture of a happy birthday edit which we’ll assume came from Notre Dame. Today is his 18th birthday, and he obviously decided to celebrate it by making one of the biggest decisions of his young life.
— Donte Vaughn (@_cavtion_) October 12, 2015
Notre Dame’s 2016 class now features 16 commitments, as Vaugn joins a very talented group that boasts players such as 5-star offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer, 4-star guard Parker Boudreaux—a recruit with 70 offers—4-star tackle Liam Eichenberg and 4-star wide receiver Chase Claypool among others.
And in Vaughn, Notre Dame is getting another big commitment. His offer list alone is impressive with 17 offers, and keep in mind Fighting Irish landed his pledge over schools such as LSU, Auburn, Miami, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. According to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, Vaughn is the No. 28 cornerback in the 2016 class and the No. 7 player from the state of Tennessee.
Though Notre Dame is without a doubt a national powerhouse as far as recruiting reach and influence is concerned, it’s still impressive that Kelly and his staff were able to reach down into what is firmly SEC territory and pull out one of the top players from the region. Especially considering his offer list jam packed full with SEC schools, that says a lot about what Notre Dame’s draw is. Both from a historical point of view, an education perspective and name-brand recognition; there are few schools that boast the prestige and “wow factor” of Notre Dame football. To that point, the Fighting Irish’s 2016 class is coming from all across the country. Vaughn’s commitment gives Kelly his first this year from Tennessee, but he also has two from California, one from New York, four from Florida, one from North Carolina and another from Virginia. If you needed more proof that Notre Dame is indeed a far-reaching brand, look no further than the Fighting Irish’s 2016 class.