Wallace McLaurin (TE, Jackson, MS) - The Mclaurin family is no stranger to the game of football as Sidney McLaurin is the starting long snapper for the University of Mississippi.">
Wallace McLaurin (TE, Jackson, MS) - The Mclaurin family is no stranger to the game of football as Sidney McLaurin is the starting long snapper for the University of Mississippi.">

Wallace McLaurin's recruiting profile

<A HREF="http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=177&p=8&cfg=null&c=1&nid=1831200"><BR>Wallace McLaurin</A></B> (TE, Jackson, MS) - The Mclaurin family is no stranger to the game of football as Sidney McLaurin is the starting long snapper for the University of Mississippi.

But it is Sidney's younger brother, Wallace, who has been turning Ole Miss' head ever since he attended the Rebel's football camp last summer. There were many big time tight ends that attended the same camp, most notable Jeff Cottam (Tennessee), Charles Hoke (Auburn), Selvish Capers (West Virginia), and Tommy Trott (Alabama). But it was Wallace McLaurin who kept turning heads, and he was just a junior.

Now it is McLaurin's time to shine in the spotlight, but it looks like he will have his hands full as Mississippi has two other big time TE prospects in Richard Dickson and Mathew Mauldin. The Magnolia State will surly be a hotbed for schools around the country who are in search of a blue chip tight end.

Wallace McLaurin's Profile

Height: 6' 4 1/2"
Weight: 235
40 time: 4.7
Bench: 275
Squat: 460

From: Brandon, MS
High School: Jackson Prep

The following information was revealed during our interview with Wallace McLaurin:

What are your strengths at tight end? "I have a combo game. I block well, but I can run and stretch the field. I am pretty athletic for a guy my size. I have caught in baseball my whole life. I have pretty good hands."

What are you working on to take your game to the next level? "I am working on my speed. I speed train three days a week. I lift every day, and I play baseball. I am working out just about every day."

How long have you been starting at TE for Jackson Prep? "I have been starting at tight end since 10th grade."

What were your stats as a junior? "I probably had, I do not even know for sure, but probably around 7 catches for 95 yards. I do not know how many tackles I had at linebacker. I am also our long snapper on special teams. I short snap too."

How did Prep fare on the field last season? "We did well. We lost in the State Championship game, but we gave ourselves a chance to win it all. We had a good year."

Did you garner any awards for your play? "I made 1st Team All-State (MPSAA) and 1st Team All-District (AAA)."

Which schools are showing you the most interest? "Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, and Arkansas."

Any early offers? "No sir, not yet."

Which schools do you feel like are closest to offering you? "I would say Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Arkansas."

Have you had a chance to visit any of the schools you are interested in this Spring? "I have been to Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, and Tennessee's Jr Days."

Do you plan to take any future visits? "I should. I am going up to Ole Miss' Spring game. My brother plays for Ole Miss so I am going to see him and also for recruiting purposes. Alabama and Auburn have already had their A-Days. I am not sure about Tennessee's, but I have already been up to their Jr Day and football camp last summer."

Which camps did you attend last summer? "Just Ole Miss' and Tennessee's."

Where do you plan to camp at this summer? "I will go back to Ole Miss and Tennessee, and I will probably go to Alabama's, Auburn's, and probably Arkansas'."

What all do you like about Ole Miss right now? "Their new staff seems so energetic. I like how they get their players up for practices. Their new facilities are unbelievable too."

What are Arkansas' positives? "Coach Ealy, their TE coach, is a very nice guy. Everyone seems to like Coach Nutt. And my brother told me other than Oxford, Arkansas is his second favorite place to play."

What about Tennessee? "Coach Caldwell, who recruits Mississippi for them, is a real nice guy. I love their facilities too. I have kept up with them ever since Will Overstreet went there. He use to go to Prep. Their coaches are real warm. They try to get to know you on a first name basis. They are always glad to see you and have a lot to say. It is genuine, not fake."

What attracts you to Auburn? "I got a chance to watch their scrimmage at their Jr Day. Their team is real fast. Coach Tub is a nice guy. We got a chance to tour their whole place. They have a wax museum of all of their former players. That is real cool. They had some construction going on in their stadium, so we did not get to see their stadium."

What all do you like about Alabama? "Coach Woods, who recruits the Mississippi area, is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I have not had a chance to watch any of their scrimmages, but they took us to a basketball game at their Jr Day. They did not really show us around or anything, but they are building a 130 million dollar indoor facility. LSU has been recruiting me a lot too. They send me a bunch of letters, but I have never had a chance to personally talk to their staff. I am interested in LSU too."

Tell us something different each school did during their Jr Days; start with Ole Miss, "Ole Miss, we split into position groups and watched film. The other Jr Days, we were basically in one big group. But at Ole Miss, they put us with our position coach, and we went into a separate film room, and they showed us how they would use us. There were only 4 or 5 of us with Coach Luke. That was really cool."

And Tennessee? "Tennessee, lets see, they get the parents a lot more involved than anyone else. Like my dad, they called him on the field during practice. He stayed down there and watched how they are going to use their tight ends. They really got to know him and it was real personable."

What did Auburn do differently? "Well, they had students take us around. They seemed to know more about the campus life than everybody else."

What did Alabama do differently during Jr Day? "Alabama, well, Coach Shula was always around. He made sure he got to know everyone at their Jr Day. Most all of their coaches talked to you at least once. They were just so nice at Alabama."

What will you be looking for when it comes decision time? "A good education, first of all, but all of the schools happen to have that. Some schools will not be looking to sign a tight end, so I am hoping to go with one who really needs a tight end. I also want them to know me on a personal basis. Like if I saw them in Dallas or something, they would just come up to me and ask how me and my family have been doing. Some coaches are kind of cold and fake. You can tell who is is genuine and who is not. I am also looking for a team that can compete for a national championship. I do not want to go to a program that is going to go 6-6 or anything like that."

What is your current academic status? "I have a 3.7 GPA and a 22 on the ACT.

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