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Early Signing Day: 2022 LB Aidan Vaughan signs his LOI with the Badgers

Walled Lake (Michigan) linebacker Aidan Vaughan is officially a part of the Wisconsin football team.

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2022 LB Aidan Vaughan

Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
Linebacker 6-foot-4 220 pounds Walled Lake (Mich.) High School 3-star; No. 52 LB

Aidan Vaughan of Walled Lake, Mich. is the latest 2022 prospect to sign on with the Wisconsin Badgers as part of the Early Signing Period. The fast-rising 3-star star linebacker is one of the more intriguing members of the 2022 recruiting class for the Badgers given his stellar senior film and high upside.

A tremendous athlete, Vaughan was limited to only one game as a junior due to an injury. A quick look at his film shows that the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker recruit can run sideline to sideline and has a knack for getting into the backfield.

Projected to start out as an inside linebacker with Bob Bostad, he also is versatile enough to potentially play outside linebacker if needed. Regardless of his future position his aggressive play style and quick burst make him a big addition for the future.

Also a standout in track, Vaughan was recently selected to the Detriot Free Press All-State Team for football as a senior. He is currently on track to potentially enroll early as well he told during his interview with Bucky’s 5th Podcast. An excellent student he sports a 4.0 GPA and that should help him as he adjusts to playing linebacker at the next level.


247 Composite: 3 stars; grade: .8789; No. 514 player in the nation; No. 52 LB; No. 14 MI

247 Sports: 3 stars; grade: 88; No. 69 LB; No. 17 MI

Rivals: 3 stars; 5.7 rating; No. 42 OLB; No. 17 MI

ESPN: 3 stars; Grade: 78; No. 61 LB; No. 72 Regional; No. 16 MI

Verbally committed November 22, 2021

The No. 13 commit in the 2022 class, Aidan Vaughan was previously committed to Air Force as of early August. After his mid-season film dropped this fall, however, Vaughan’s phone and recruitment blew up. In a two-week span at the end of October, he earned 10 Power-5 offers from Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, with Colorado also extending an offer a few weeks later.

Vaughan opted to open up his recruitment on Halloween and he needed only one official visit to Madison for the Northwestern game to know that he wanted to be a Badger.

Player bio (courtesy of UW Athletic Department)

  • Three–star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN
  • First–team all–state by MHSFCA as a senior
  • Named first–team all–conference as a senior
  • Named first–team Metro Detroit Dream Team
  • Made a school–record 136 tackles and recorded 27 TFLs as a senior
  • Also scored 10 total touchdowns (4 rushing, 5 receiving, 1 kick return)
  • Three–year conference scholar–athlete
  • MHSFCA Academic All–State as a senior