Terry McLaurin Becomes Lucky Number 13
By Michael Chung
This has been the week of commitment. On Weds., Jalyen Holmes, a DE out of VA became #11, followed by QB Stephen Collier out of GA and now out of the great state of Indiana comes #13.
The Hoosier state is known more for its round ball than for its pigskin but that does not stop Urban Frank Meyer from rounding up top football talent. Meyer will cross any state in the continental US to mine talent for OSU, and he will enter areas that are not traditional recruiting grounds, even crossing continents to find talent.
But Indiana is not without football talent and neither is Indianapolis. Just ask Donald Washington, who was born in Indy, played for Ohio State, then was drafted in the fourth round by the KC Chiefs in the 2009 NFL draft. Hopefully, Terry McLaurin will have a similar path.
Standing 6’0” 175, McLaurin possesses the sub 4.5 forty speed Urban Meyer covets.
Our own Tony Gerdeman watched McLaurin’s highlights and felt that he was reminiscent of Rocket Ismail.
His bio from Scout reads, “As a junior, McLaurin earned junior All-State honors after catching 33 passes for 820 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had two rushing touchdowns and two more as a punt returner.”
In addition to the Buckeyes, McLaurin was also considering Missouri and Purdue, coached by former Buckeye coach Darrell Hazell, but also had offers from Indiana, Iowa, University of Cincinnati, Boston College, Western Kentucky, Toledo, and Western Michigan.
McLaurin has been invited to the prestigious Nike football camp—The Opening—in Oregon.
With the commitment of McLaurin, Ohio State now has nine players going to The Opening: McLaurin, Jalyn Holmes, Damon Webb, Kyle Trout, Kyle Berger, Dylan Thompson, Stephen Collier, Dante Booker, and Parris Campbell. There are still at least 13 prospects participating at the Opening that Ohio State has targeted: Solomon Thomas, Kentavious Street, JuJu Smith, Derrell Scott, Artavis Scott, Curtis Samuel, Austin Roberts, Raekwon McMillan, Quincy Wilson, Demetrius Knox, Johnnie Dixon, Trevion Thompson, and Thomas Holley (from Jbook). There will not be enough spots for all of them so the Buckeyes will have to be selective.
With likely no more than seven spots remaining depending on attrition, Ohio State must recruit at least 3 more OL. Jamarco Jones will announce this Thursday and it will likely be Buckeye so after this week is over, only 5-6 spots could remain before the nine verbal commits head off to Oregon.