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Former Jefferson football star making mark in Hollywood

Staff Report

BURBANK, Calif. – A former Jefferson J-Hawk football standout is carving out an increasingly large role for himself in the entertainment industry.

Prince Vaughn III, a 1991 All-NIC-9 defensive end for the Jefferson is vice president of casting for UnRealistic Ideas in Burbank, California. The production company is owned by Mark Wahlberg, among others, and created the documentary “Run This City,” currently running on the mobile app Quibi.

Before working for Wahlberg, Vaughn had some TV roles before going into casting. His credits on IMdB include casting for shows such as “World’s Strictest Parent” (2009), “Paloma” (2013) and “The Night is Young” (2017).

At Jefferson, Vaughn was a standout for coach Joe Blume’s 1991 J-Hawks, which went 7-1 in the NIC-9 and 8-2 overall largely because of a dominating defense that gave up just 112 points in 10 games. Vaughn was one three Jefferson players on that defense to be named first team All-NIC-9. Chad Soderberg and Jerry Fortson were the others.

After Jefferson, Vaughn earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Tennessee before going into the entertainment industry.

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