Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral receiver Terry McLaurin put in a lot of work in a 13-day period to earn an Ohio State offer.
McLaurin is bringing his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash to Ohio State, committing to the Buckeyes on Sunday.
His drive and determination paid off.
The 6-foot, 190-pound McLaurin attend two Ohio State camps this month, one on the ninth and one this past Friday, where he earned his offer from head coach Urban Meyer and the coaching staff. Two days later, McLaurin gave his commitment to the Buckeyes.
“It feels great knowing that I’m going into a school and university that fits me and has everything I’ve been looking for since day one,” McLaurin said. He chose Ohio State over his other two finalists, Missouri and Purdue. “The opportunity to go and get a great education at Ohio State, there is so many majors and connections you’ll encounter at Ohio State it was all very appealing to me. Ohio State having one of the biggest alumni bases in the country was also appealing to me.
“Getting into the football, what Ohio State stands for with their tradition of winning and excellence prior to Urban Meyer getting there was always appealing as I grew up, and watching the Ted Ginns and all the great players they’ve had and watching them win a National Championship, and seeing last year they were undefeated and having a chance to compete for a National Championship every year, that off the bat was an eye-catcher for me.”
McLaurin and his 4.3 (electronically-timed) speed in the 40-yard dash becomes commit No. 13 for Ohio State in the class-of-2014. It wasn’t an easy road to earning a scholarship but it was certainly rewarding.
Following his first camp experience where McLaurin thought he performed well enough to walk away with a scholarship, instead he was handed a challenge.
“Coach Meyer said catch 200 balls a day and work on getting in and out of your routes quicker and work on getting your head around faster and locating the ball, and come back here to camp on the 21st,” McLaurin recapped. “Part of the big selling point to me was their honesty and them being up front with me.”
McLaurin toured Ohio State the day before the first camp and fell in love. He went back to Indianapolis with a fire to prove he belonged.
“I can say I probably caught well over 1,000 footballs between (Cathedral head) Coach (Rick) Streiff, my mom, my dad, kids around the neighborhood, our former quarterback Connor Barthel and our receivers coach,” McLaurin said. “It was a total team effort.
“When Coach Meyer offered me, what he said to me he left me with something that I will remember for a very long time. He said the improvement I showed in two weeks, keep working that hard and just imagine how much better I’d get in a year or four years. The thought of getting challenged like that for four years is what you want to be an elite player. That drive for excellence is what I want on a day in, day out basis.”
As a junior, McLaurin helped Cathedral win a third-straight state championship, finishing the year with 33 receptions for 820 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also scored two rushing touchdowns and on two punt returns. He was big-time in the state tournament including the championship game where he scored on a 79-yard touchdown reception, a 66-yard punt return and a 41-yard run.
“Having a chance to play for Urban Meyer, a legend, he’s going to go down as one of the best in college football history,” McLaurin said. “He has a receiver background and knows what it takes to be an elite receiver not only on the collegiate level but next level as well. He’s coached so many great receivers and won National Championships, and getting a chance to play in his system and after meeting him he’s a great guy and he knows how to get it done.
“See how many receivers Urban Meyer has put in the NFL and are starting today was eye-opening to me. The success Percy Harvin has had as a receiver and return guy and the success he had with Urban Meyer played a big part in my decision, especially because they told me they’d use me in that same role as a slot, jet sweeps and everything. We got to talk to Urban Meyer on multiple visits to campus and we’re comfortable with him and Coach (Kerry) Coombs and it’s a great fit for me and my family.”
Purdue was first to offer McLaurin back in March and besides the schools mentioned, he added offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana and Iowa. McLaurin has had a big spring and summer on the camp circuit and earned an invite to the prestigious The Opening event held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. at the beginning of July.
“Kind of hard to imagine this all started in March and now I’m committed to one of the elite programs in the country 90- days later,” McLaurin said. “I’m happy.”
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