Vaughn Telemaque, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound three-star safety from Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., has seven scholarship offers with his latest coming from USC on Wednesday night (Sept. 26).
"(Linebacker) Coach Ken Norton called me last night and offered me," Telemaque said. "I also got to talk with (head) coach Pete Carroll and (assistant coach) Rocky Seto too.
"I'm really excited that USC offered," he said. "I've got a bunch of offers from out-of-state schools and USC is my first local offer. I was thinking, 'man, I've got offers from Michigan and Oregon and Rutgers, but nobody local'…I was really surprised but it doesn't matter now that USC offered."
Telemaque, ranked the No. 35 safety in the country by Scout.com, attended the Trojans camp during the summer and is impressed with their number one ranking. "They are a top team right now," he said. "That's always a good thing because they are always in a great position to win a national championship."
The only other camp that Telemaque attended was Arizona State, but the Sun Devils still haven't offered.
Telemaque has offers from USC, Michigan, Oregon, Rutgers, North Carolina, Boise State and Ole Miss. He says that Michigan holds a slight edge over USC, Oregon, North Carolina, Boise State and Rutgers.
"Michigan has great tradition and they always have great defensive players there. Also I think it would be really cool playing in the Big House," Telemaque said. "They've struggled this season, but I think they'll be back in contention. My teammate (freshman defensive back for the Wolverines) Donovan Warren goes there and he's doing great. He's starting as a freshman and that makes me think that I can do the same thing."
North Carolina was the first school to offer Telemaque and he's taking an official visit to Chapel Hill on Oct. 6. "I've heard good things about that area and environment," he said. "I think the team is rebuilding and up-and-coming. I just want to go there and see what it's like."
Although he only has one official visit set thus far, Telemaque says he's definitely going to visit Michigan and Oregon officially as well. "Oregon seems really dominant right now," he said. "They've really impressed me the most this season because I didn't expect them to be doing so well. They have fast and quick defensive backs and are always around the ball. The coaches really had the team ready this year."
Telemaque says he doesn't have a timeframe for a decision. "All these schools are great and I'm they'd all help me in the future," he said. "But I want to find a school where I can play as a freshman and make an impact.
"I definitely want to take my visits because I'm not in a hurry to decide."
Long Beach Poly has started the season 3-1 and Telemaque already has 21 tackles, four interceptions and one sack. "I'm smart and aggressive," he said. "I'm a ball hawk and I'm always getting after the ball. I love making big plays.
"But I want to work on my timing and reading the field better."
He reports a 2.7 core GPA and an 810 SAT and 18 ACT. He plans to retake the SAT in October.