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60 in 60: #51 Utah’s Zemaiah Vaughn (Cornerback)

Jun 22, 2022, 2:43 PM | Updated: Jul 7, 2022, 1:54 pm

Zemaiah Vaughn - Utah Utes vs. Oregon Ducks...

Oregon Ducks wide receiver Kris Hutson (14) loses his mouthguard as he is tackled by Utah Utes safety Zemaiah Vaughn (16) as Utah and Oregon play an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. Utah won 38-7. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – The countdown for Hans & Scotty’s 60 in 60 is on. Coming in at #51 is Utah’s Zemaiah Vaughn (CB).

Throughout the summer Hans & Scotty are counting down the top 60 college football players in the state of Utah as voted on by the media (and a fan ballot).

“Converted quarterback out of high school, moved him to corner when he got campus,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said of his cornerback. “That was the plan when we recruited, he knew that and has embraced that role. He’s going to be outstanding. The ceiling for Zemaiah is very high.”

Utah’s Zemaiah Vaughn

Vaughn is a sophomore from Beaumont, Texas.

As a quarterback in high school, Vaughn was named first-team all-district as a senior and finished in the top three in voting for District MVP. He threw for 854 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 1,049 yards during his senior season.

Vaughn joined Utah in 2020 as a walk-on in the fall, playing in four games, while seeing action on defense against Washington and Washington State. During the 2021 season, Vaughn played in 13 games with four starts, he suffered a season-ending injury in the Pac-12 Championship game against Oregon and missed the Rose Bowl game against Ohio State.

He finished the season with 25 tackles, three tackles for loss and four pass breakups. His brother Zach transferred to Utah in 2021, coming from the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff.

Vaughn is the second Utah player to appear in the top 60 in 60 list in 2022, joining Tennessee Pututau (No. 52).

About the 60 in 60

Every summer Hans and Scotty reveal the best college football players in the state of Utah in their annual 60 in 60 as voted on by the media.

In 2022, for the first time ever, the 60 in 60 included one vote based on a fan ballot.

Click here for the complete 60 in 60 rankings countdown.

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