Get to know the Badgers football 2022 class: ILB Aidan Vaughan

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The next player is an athletic linebacker from Michigan in Aidan Vaughan. He was recruited as an inside linebacker, but showed off his versatility in high school by playing safety, receiver, linebacker and even some time as a return man.

The linebacker position for the Badgers will have several unproven players after Leo Chenal and Jack Sanborn departed for the NFL. Vaughan will have plenty of competition to walk into.

Recruiting Profile:

Hometown: Wixom, MI

Height: 6'-2"

Weight: 215 Ibs.

High School: Walled Lake Western High School

247 Sports Composite

[3-star] | [No. 51 LB in the nation] | [No. 14 player in Michigan]


[3-star] | [No. 41 LB in the nation] | [No.17 player in Michigan]


  • First-Team All-State as a senior
  • First-Team All-Conference (senior)
  • First-Team Metro Detroit Dream Team

Top Offers:

  • Wisconsin
  • Air Force
  • Iowa

Commitment Date:


Player Summary:

Vaughan joins the list of players who enrolled early and participated in spring practice. It's also worth noting that the Badgers were able to get him to flip from the Air Force into a deep inside linebacker room.

As mentioned, Vaughan spent some time as a kick returner. He tied the state record with an impressive 99-yard kickoff return in high school. He also became the 17th player in Michigan high school football history to do that.

That being said, it might take some time before Vaughan sees the field. However, special teams is an area where he could see some action early with his combination of speed, athleticism and his ability to diagnose plays efficiently as a defender.

Not only was Vaughan able to play multiple positions in high school, but he was reliable at all of them. His career should be a fun one to follow.

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