It was only 10 days ago when Terry McLaurin was an under-the-radar wide receiver prospect with no scholarship offers. Then on Sunday, the Indianapolis Cathedral product kept Ohio State’s momentum on the recruiting trail going when he issued a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes.
A three-star prospect whom Scout.com rates as the No. 53 wide receiver in the country, McLaurin attended two Ohio State camps during that timeframe before personally earning a scholarship offer from head coach Urban Meyer on Friday.
“He told me I am one of the fastest kids he has ever seen,” McLaurin told BuckeyeSports.com shortly after announcing his decision on Twitter. “That is saying a lot since he has coached at places like Florida all around the country. That made me feel really good and for him to say that was a really nice compliment.”
The Buckeyes have now earned three verbal commitments in the last four days, as McLaurin joins four-star defensive end Jalyn Holmes and three-star quarterback Stephen Collier in Ohio State’s quickly expanding class.
Though McLaurin had no scholarship offers two weeks ago, the 6-0, 175-pounder’s recruiting was quickly expanding. McLaurin chose the Buckeyes over scholarships he recently earned from Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Purdue and others.
Once Ohio State joined his offer list, McLaurin said the decision was easy.
“I am committing to one of the top schools in the country,” McLaurin said. “It is very humbling and I don’t take it for granted at all. This is an extremely big blessing for my family and I and the chance to play for The Ohio State University and coach Urban Meyer is a great opportunity that I am really looking forward to.”
Meyer was impressed with McLuarin’s speed during his two camp performances, and the wide receiver even won the Buckeyes’ “Smokehouse” race at Ohio State’s camp on June 9, a sprint that identifies that fastest player in attendance.
But it was McLaurin’s rapid improvement between camps that really caught Meyer’s attention, and he told the wide receiver prospect that he envisions using him the same way he utilized wideout/speedster Percy Harvin while coaching at Florida.
“He said he saw how much I improved in between camps in two weeks and was impressed,” McLaurin said of Meyer. “He said he couldn’t wait to see how much I could improve in a year. I am really excited to go to a place like Ohio State with a coaching staff that knows how to motivate players and utilize us the right way.
“I know at Ohio State I can reach my full potential, not only as a person and academically, but also on the football field as well. The chance to play for Ohio State and Coach Meyer’s spread offense isn’t something I could turn down.”
Though McLaurin admits he has a long way to go in his growth as a receiver – he cited aspects of the position like route running as things he’s working on – the wide receiver prospect said Meyer fell in love with his speed.
“I picked up these scholarship offers once Ohio State was interested, but schools have seen my athleticism and have seen my speed is for real in person,” McLaurin said. “I think Coach Meyer thinks I am a great individual, he thinks the world of my character and the kind of person I am, but he loves that speed.”
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