Written By Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
During his trip to Memphis this morning, Hoosiers’ Co-Defensive Coordinator William Inge dropped by one of the Volunteer state’s premier football programs, Whitehaven High School. Before leaving the school the inside linebackers coach had extended offers to the dynamic defensive duo of Donte Vaughn and Michael Perry, as reported by the Tigers' Twitter account.
Vaughn, who primarily plays cornerback and wide receiver for the Tigers, was named to the Tennessee Sportswriters Association all-state football team for his outstanding play during his junior season. The four-star’s highlight tape shows off both his coverage skills, corralling in multiple interceptions as well as his physicality, shedding blockers with ease and making big hits on ball carriers. At 6-foot 2, 186 pounds, the rangy athlete has plenty of room left to grow.
He is the 18th ranked cornerback in the nation and the 8th best player in the state of Tennessee’s 2016 class. He currently holds offers from Indiana, Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and UNC, with interest from Alabama.
Michael Perry also plays on both sides of the ball for the Tigers, seeing action at defensive and offensive tackle in 2014. The 6-foot 1, 327 pound lineman was a monster in the trenches for Whitehaven, looking nearly impossible to block in his highlight film, constantly getting penetration and disrupting plays in the backfield.
The three-star prospect is ranked 21st overall in Tennessee’s 2016 class and holds offers from Indiana, Jacksonville St, Memphis, Missouri, Mississippi, SE Louisiana, Tennessee, and Tennessee State.
The Whitehaven Tigers, who compete in Tennessee’s 6A Class, were state semi-finalists in 2014, state champions in 2012, and state runner-up in 2011.
The last time Indiana dipped into the Volunteer state for talent was back in 2008 when Charles Love III of Trezevant High School in Memphis pledged to play for the Hoosiers.