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Former Illinois RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn commits to Vanderbilt

Vaughn announced his departure from Champaign back on January 18.

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Former Illinois running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn has found a new home, or rather he’s returning home. The Tennessee native announced on Monday afternoon that he’ll be transferring to the Vanderbilt Commodores in order to continue his college career. Vaughn originally announced his departure from Illinois on January 18.

“With the help of my family, I have decided to continue my academic and football endevours at Vanderbilt University. I am very blessed to have this opportunity to return to the place where it all began. Anchor Down.”

Although he was projected to lead Illinois’ backfield last season, Vaughn quickly found himself behind both Kendrick Foster and Reggie Corbin on the depth chart. Still, the 5-foot-10 tailback managed to account for 301 YDS and 3 TD on 60 carries.

Vaughn may be going up against some monstrous SEC defensive lines in the future, but hopefully he’ll have an opportunity to succeed at Vanderbilt. It’s unfortunate that things couldn’t work out in Champaign, because frankly, he’s a pretty talented player. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to hear his name mentioned as a possible late-round NFL Draft candidate 2-3 years from now.