"I thought I had a good year," said Laughlin. "I played well in the first four games, but my season was cut short because of a thumb injury. I tore a ligament and had to have surgery, but I came back for our last game. I've been sending out the film from those games to colleges... the feedback has been good."
At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, Laughlin plays with great intensity and his motor is always running. He's being recruited mainly as a defensive end but a few teams view him as a potential defensive tackle.
"I think I do a good job of hustling and tackling," he said. "I think my strength is pass rushing, and I feel like I pursue well to the ball. I think I could work on my pad level."
As it stands now, Laughlin is hearing from Clemson, South Carolina, NC State, Duke, Virginia, Maryland, and UAB. Recently he attended the Wolfpack's Junior Day.
"I enjoyed it at NC State," said Laughlin. "I really liked a lot about them. I liked the coaching staff and what they are about. I also liked the strength and conditioning program and the facilities. It was all nice.
"Coach Bridge is recruiting me for NC State. He's a good guy. He knows my coach really well so that's a pretty good connection."
Laughlin plans to take visits to Georgia and Clemson in the near future. He has yet to garner any scholarship offers, but believes it is only a matter of time before he picks up his first offer.
While he maintains that he is wide open, NC State appears to be in the mix.
"I'm liking NC State," said Laughlin. "They are up there at the top of my choices.
"I think schools are waiting to offer me after seeing my grades and I make up a course in summer school. I'm really close to qualifying and I have a full year so I don't think it will be an issue.
"I could commit if I got the right offer, but I guess it depends on which team offers me," he added. "It really would just depend on that. Otherwise I'm going to wait to make a decision."
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