Notre Dame CB target Donte Vaughn making his third visit

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Donte Vaughn's affinity for Notre Dame is clear.

The 2016 cornerback recruit will visit South Bend for the third time in four months. His name sits at the top of a short list of players likely to be Notre Dame's next commitment, but the recruiting job isn't done yet.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Vaughn plans to visit Tennessee on Oct. 10 before announcing his decision on Oct. 12. With the Volunteers getting the last shot at Vaughn, Notre Dame needs to make a strong push this weekend.

The good news is the Irish have also made a strong impression on Vaughn's family. He will return this weekend with his parents, brother and a cousin.

“My dad went up there and he likes it so I decided to come back for an official," Vaughn said.

Vaughn, who has started his senior season with a pair of wins at Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven, would fill Notre Dame's need for a cornerback with size. The Irish have been targeting taller cornerbacks after landing a commitment from Julian Love in March, but have yet to add one.

“They’ve talked about using me in multiple ways," Vaughn said. "Mostly corner and if I get bigger, they might bring me in to play nickel.”

Rivals ranks Vaughn as a four-star recruit and the No. 18 safety in the 2016 class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star prospect and the No. 31 cornerback.

All that's left for Vaughn to see at Notre Dame is the campus atmosphere on a game day. He will knock that off his to-do list before heading back home. If he returns for a fourth visit, he will like do so with plans to play for the Irish.

Defensive back Donte Vaughn will visit Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)