"Auburn is so much closer to home and it has a hometown feel to it," McLauglin said in explaining his college choice. "I felt comfortable with the coaches and the players there, too. Also, the coaches told me if I keep my weight down, I will have a chance to play running back."
A 6-1, 220-pounder with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, he took his final two recruiting visits to Auburn last weekend and then he immediately drove to Lincoln with his mother after that trip.
Signing a fullback is a high priority for the Tigers this season with Auburn losing fullback Brandon Johnson, who was a senior. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville made a visit to Mississippi to visit with McLaughlin and his teammate Steve Gandy.
McLaughlin rushed for 1,500-plus yards for the state championship team and scored 15 touchdowns.
McLaughlin, who rushed for 1,280 yards as a junior, also considered Mississippi State and Southern Miss and was recruited by a wide variety of teams.
Wayne County assistant coach Tim Blackwell says that in addition to getting a commitment from McLaughlin, head coach Tommy Tuberville and assistant coach Don Dunn are meeting with linebacker/safety Gandy on Friday. Gandy is a prospect that the Tigers have also offered.