Andy Vaughn Hired as Associate AD for Football Player Personnel and Recruiting
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Football has added veteran college football recruiting expert Andy Vaughn as the Associate Athletics Director for Football Player Personnel and Recruiting, Deputy Athletics Director and Football GM Jean Boyd announced Monday.
Vaughn joins Arizona State after most recently serving as the Director of Player Personnel at the University of Miami. Vaughn joined the Hurricanes in March of 2019 and immediately hit the ground running, helping Miami build one of the most talented rosters in the country.
"My family and I are excited to head back to the state of Arizona to be part of one of the Pac-12's top-tier universities and athletic programs," Vaughn remarked. "I appreciate Coach Edwards, Ray Anderson and Jean Boyd for the opportunity to join the Arizona State Football program."
"Andy Vaughn stood out in our vetting process while having 20 years of experience in talent identification, evaluation and recruiting experience in college football," says Boyd. "Andy is known for his highly detailed and organized methods and he has impeccable references. He's a team player, a hard worker and will elevate our overall recruiting strategy and system."
A driving force behind three straight Top-25 recruiting classes with the Hurricanes, Vaughn and his staff earned the signatures of some of the nation's most widely-pursued prospects. The highlight was the 2021 Miami signing class that ranked No. 11 nationally according to 247 Sports, as the Hurricanes landed two five-star and 12 four-star prospects. That included earning the commitment of defensive lineman Leonard Taylor (No. 11 overall prospect) and safety James Williams (No. 15 overall prospect).
He was the architect of the 2020 signing class that finished No. 17 in the nation according to 247 Sports. All 21 signees ranked in the Top-1000 overall recruits in the nation, with 10 earning four-star status. The most recent Hurricanes' class currently sits at No. 15 in the country, while Miami already earned two commitments for the 2023 class under Vaughn's guidance.
Pursuing high school prospects was only part of his duties at Miami, as Vaughn was also heavily involved in landing several key transfers. He has adapted well to the changing landscape of college football recruiting. The Hurricanes currently have five incoming immediate impact transfers in this class, welcomed four in 2021, and signed five in 2020.
Over the past two NFL Drafts, eight Hurricanes were drafted, with dozens more signing undrafted contracts. Several more players that Vaughn brought to Miami will be drafted in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. On the field during his time in Miami, Vaughn was a part of three bowl-eligible seasons with the Hurricanes, most recently knocking off ACC Champion Pittsburgh on the road during the 2021 campaign.
Vaughn came to Miami after spending the 2018 season at Arizona, where he was the Wildcats' senior director of recruiting and high school relations. Prior to Arizona, Vaughn spent three years at Nebraska as director of recruiting, where he was responsible for spearheading all aspects of the Cornhuskers football program related to recruiting.
He spent three seasons (2012-2014) at the University of Nevada as the Wolf Pack's Director of Player Personnel. He arrived at Nevada after a successful four-year run at Middle Tennessee State, where he was the Coordinator of Player Personal. At MTSU, Vaughn's duties included all NCAA compliance-related activities for the Blue Raider football program, assisting the recruiting coordinator in all phases of the day-to-day planning and execution, and overseeing all football camp activities.
A South Carolina native, Vaughn was on the staff at Clemson, where he served as an Assistant for Football Operations, assisting in administrative operations, travel logistics, recruiting, and community relations. Vaughn also developed a high school relations program for the Tigers while serving as the team liaison for the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl.
Vaughn was also a member of the Clemson staff in 2003 as a Recruiting Assistant. During both tenures at Clemson, Vaughn helped the Tigers land nationally ranked top-25 recruiting classes.
Prior to joining the Clemson staff, Vaughn was a letterwinner at North Greenville University, where he was part of the first bowl team in school history.
He earned a degree in Sports Management and Business Administration from North Greenville University in 2003. He also has a master's degree in physical education and sports administration from Florida State University (2005).
Vaughn and his wife, Jahna, have a son, Brayden, and a daughter, Kennedy.