SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Alabama is going to have a chance to land the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, per the 247Sports composite rankings, come National Signing Day.
Tyler Vaughns, a four-star USC commit from Bishop Amat High School (La Puente, Calif.), told SEC Country after Thursday’s practice at the U.S. Army All-American bowl what the chances were of him flipping to Alabama.
“They are good. It’s Alabama. It’s a big, sexy school,” Vaughns said. “They put a lot of receivers into the league. It’s just good to get a look out there.”
The 6-foot-2, 177-pounder will take an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 21. Before he seriously considers backing off his commitment to Southern California, Vaughns has some things he needs to figure out.
“I have so many unanswered questions that I need to find out,” he said. “The school. How they would use me and how the school is for my major (business communications.).”
Vaughns, who has been committed to USC since August, had a big smile on his face when he was asked about his interest level in the Crimson Tide.
“Who wouldn’t be interested in Alabama?” he said. “The coaches hit me up almost every day. That’s a really cool little thing. I have talked to coach Saban before, and he really doesn’t talk to that many people. That’s how I knew he was interested in me.
“(Saban) told me that he wants me to play for him,” Vaughns said. “I was just shocked to talk to him. Like I said, not too many people get to talk to him. Just to hear him talk to me and to hear how he wants me was good. I was just really in awe.”
One of the biggest reasons for why Alabama is high on Vaughns’ list right now is the success of Crimson Tide freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Ridley has 1,031 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
“Not too many freshmen ball out like he does,” the U.S. Army All-American said. “Not too many freshmen can ball and get the chance like he does. That really sticks out to me.”