Vaughn Telemaque, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound four-star safety from Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., has seen his stock rise dramatically in the last few weeks after a stellar performance in the Div. 1, Pac-5 championship game against Crespi High School from Carmelite, Calif. In that game, Telemaque had 11 tackles and three interceptions as the Jackrabbits won 13-3. Long Beach Poly finished the year 13-1.
He finished his senior season with 91 tackles, nine interceptions, four fumbles caused, two sacks and one fumble recovered for a touchdown.
Telemaque, currently ranked as the No. 16 safety in the country by Scout.com, just received a scholarship offer from Miami last week and says the 'Canes are now definitely one of his favorites. In fact, he hinted they lead slightly. "They really stand out because they just offered," Telemaque said. "I don't want to say they are my favorite but they might be. They have a great chance of being in my final three."
He says he plans to narrow down his list to a top three by the end of December. "I want a good education and football atmosphere," he said. "I want to be around players and fans that really love football. Also, playing time will be important."
Currently, Telemaque says he likes Miami, North Carolina, Oregon, USC and Michigan and all of his favorites have offered (10 total).
Telemaque has already visited North Carolina (Oct. 6), Michigan (Nov. 17) and Oregon (Nov. 3). He's scheduled to visit Miami on Jan. 18.
"I like the tradition of safeties they've got over at Miami," he said. "I really always loved watching (former Hurricane) Sean Taylor play and how impressive he was when he played. They've been one of those schools that I've always liked, so I'm just really excited that they offered.
"Coach Randy Shannon is still building them up and they need some players to help them get back to their old winning ways."
The 'Canes may be Telemaque's latest offer, but the school that is recruiting him the hardest is North Carolina. "They are coming on their second home visit this Saturday (Dec. 15)," he said. "(Tar Heels wide receivers) Coach Charlie Williams is recruiting me and I like him because he's a Poly alum and we can talk Jackrabbit to Jackrabbit.
"Also I think that coach Butch Davis is really building something there. He's known for creating great programs and helps get his players to the next level."
On Thursday, Dec. 13, Telemaque had a home visit from Oregon coach Don Pellum. "He just let me know how much they want me and that I should seriously consider them. He said they are looking for another Dennis Dixon-type quarterback and that they expect to be even stronger next season."
USC visited Telemaque at home last week. "They talked with me how 'SC is my home school and how well I'd fit in there and how many guys from Poly have gone there," he said. "It would be nice to play close to home, but it's not a big factor. Initially, I was planning on getting away and didn't really want to stay close anyway."
Telemaque says he hasn't talked to any of the Michigan staff in about two weeks. "I talked to coach Ron English about two weeks ago and he said he was up for the head coach job, but that was it," he said. "The longer they wait to announce a coach the more difficult it'll be for me to get to know them. I'm really not sure who they are even looking at now."
Telemaque reports a 2.7 core GPA, and an 810 SAT/18 ACT. He plans to retake the SAT, but hasn't set a date yet. "I believe I'm already qualified, but I'm gonna take the test again. I don't want to take any chances, but I think I'm good."