6'0 / 188-pounds
Forty: 4.48 (electric), 4.36 (hand)
McLaurin was pulled up to varsity late in his sophomore season, but his breakout year really came as a junior, his first full year of varsity football. During that season, he caught 33 passes for 820 yards and 12 touchdowns, also rushing for two scores and adding two more as a return man.
In the state title game, he scored on a 66-yard punt return and a 79 yard pass, helping his team win the state title and eventually earning 4A junior All-State honors.
The recruiting attention trickled in, but he had to wait until March for his first offer to come from Purdue. Missouri offered in April, and as more schools found out about him, additional offers came from Cincinnati, Indiana, Boston College and more. In May, he was the top SPARQ tester at the NIKE Football Training Camp in Chicago, earning an invite to The Opening.
In early June, he camped at Ohio State and had a good day, but was told to come back to camp later in the month to earn an offer after working more on his game. He did just that, catching pass after pass between the camps, returning to Columbus and earning a Buckeye offer at their June 21st camp. Two days later, he announced his commitment to the Buckeyes.
Where We've Seen Him: NFTC Chicago, Ohio State one-days (6/9, 6/21), Best of the Midwest Combine, vs Louisville Trinity (game film), 2012 Highlight film
Speed is the name of the game with McLaurin. He has legitimate ability to get behind defenses and when he gets a crease in the open field, he can hit and outrun would-be tacklers. He's more of a straight line speedster than a shifty elusive guy, but he's still dangerous when it comes to open space, both as a receiver and return man.
He's a very smart kid who understands defenses and how to get open. He's also a tireless worker who has improved his route running and consistency catching the football. At Ohio State's camp, we saw him put to the test in drills and he completed each with flying colors.
He still needs to get stronger and continue to polish his skills as he has only really had one year of playing time at the varsity level. That said, he has speed you can't teach and his intangibles are a ten out of ten.
Urban Meyer loves speed on offense and he got it in McLaurin. He's climbed from in the 80s at his position to now the 53rd receiver in the country and after his recent camp performances, continued moves up the rankings are highly likely, especially if he does well at The Opening. He's a good fit for the Buckeyes and we think, given how hard he works, his intelligence, along with his speed, he'll be a tough kid to keep off the field.