Before he's done the 6-1, 220-pounder will have traveled with his mom from their home in Mississippi to Auburn for an official visit and all the way to Nebraska on Sunday for his fourth and possibly his final visit.
Having already visited Ole Miss and Southern Miss in January, the busy McLaughlin is taking advantage of the time he has to work two visits into one weekend. He'll begin his weekend by arriving in Auburn on Friday night. After spending two days with the Tigers he'll leave out Sunday morning heading for Lincoln to see what the Cornhuskers have in store.
A bruiser with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and the strength to run the ball inside and clear a path at the line of scrimmage, McLaughlin is comfortable with the ball in his hands. As a senior on a state championship team along with linebacker Steve Gandy and defensive end Cedric Jones, McLaughlin led the team in rushing with 1,560 yards on 200-plus carries with 15 touchdowns. A two-year starter for a powerful Wayne County program, he rushed for 1,280 yards as a junior.
With fullback Brandon Johnson gone from last year's team and just Jake Slaughter back at the position, it is one of high priority for the Tigers and McLaughlin is the kind of player that could come in and give help immediately to an offense.