JaQuori McLaughlin is headed to Oregon State, giving the Beavers a big commitment in 2016.
JaQuori McLaughlin, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard from Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula, committed to Oregon State as a sophomore exactly two years ago, on Sept. 25, 2013.
When Oregon State coach Craig Robinson was dismissed, McLaughlin decommitted from the Beavers and eventually committed to Washington in November of 2014.
In May of 2015, McLaughlin opened up his recruitment again, officially visiting Oregon State, Utah and Wisconsin.
On Friday, he made his final decision; he’s headed to Oregon State.
“It was always about the best fit for him so he can become the best person he is capable of becoming,” said Peninsula head coach Jake Jackson. “His final three schools all would've been awesome in their own unique way.
“However, due to his relationship with head coach (Wayne) Tinkle, his heart told him Oregon State. Coach Tinkle and Coach (Gregg) Gottlieb came to Peninsula High School the same week they were hired at Oregon State and immediately showed their genuine commitment and belief in (JaQuori).”
The relationship that the Oregon State staff built with McLaughlin played a big role in his decision.
“In the end, their relationship was the strongest with (JaQuori) and his family and the close proximity of OSU allows him to share his college experience with his family,” Jackson said.
“The biggest reason is the people that are going to be there when I’m there,” added McLaughlin. “I love the coaching staff; I love coach Tinkle and have built a great trust with him. I really like the players and think playing with them could be a really good thing.”
“He will also have the opportunity to earn game minutes right away and continue the momentum in Corvallis.”
Scout’s 79th ranked 2016 prospect and 21st rated point guard, McLaughlin is a versatile combo guard who will be able to play on and off the ball in Corvallis.
He joins an Oregon State program that is quickly filling up with talent, as the Beavers landed one of their top classes in school history in 2015, with three Top 100 prospects such as Stephen Thompson, Jr., Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks.
Stephen, Jr. is the son of Oregon State assistant Stephen Thompson, Sr., who has another Top 100 prospect son in 2017 in shooting guard Ethan Thompson, who the Beavers clearly are going to have a very good shot at landing.
With both Thompsons, Tinkle, Eubanks and McLaughlin, Oregon State will likely eventually have a minimum of five Top 100 commitments, which isn’t a level of talent very often seen in Corvallis.
McLaughlin’s commitment is a big statement for head coach Wayne Tinkle and his staff that the Beavers can continue to successfully recruit to a program which has struggled in that area in the past.
“It just feels like home every time I go there,” says McLaughlin. “It’s a great feeling.”