McLaurin enjoys return to Purdue

Receiver Terry McLaurin was pleasantly surprised by Purdue during his return trip to West Lafayette. The Indianapolis Cathedral product recaps the experience and outlines the end of his recruitment, speaking in this Boiler Sports Report feature.

Terry McLaurin had been to Purdue many times, but never had he seen it like this. When the elevator doors opened in the football offices, the entire coaching staff was waiting for him.

The original thought for McLaurin was that it would be a routine visit. As it turned out, the experience was anything but predictable.

"They really surprised me," said McLaurin of Purdue. "It was an all-day event because me and my mom really enjoyed the visit."

The Indianapolis Cathedral receiver started his visit in a private meeting with Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. The two discussed where he stands in his recruitment, among many other details—both football and personal.

Later, McLaurin met with Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop and reviewed what his role in the Boilermakers offense could pertain.

"He laid out what they see of me in their offense we talked X's and O's," said McLaurin.

McLaurin also sat down with Purdue's receivers coach, Kevin Sherman, whom he has built a close relationship with. However, the highlight of the day came during his meeting with Purdue president Mitch Daniels.

"He said I'm a Purdue kind of guy, a Purdue student-athlete," McLaurin said.

A standout on the football field, McLaurin is also very impressive in the classroom. He hopes to major in forensic sciences in college and was able to tour Purdue's academic facilities.

"I'm gearing down the end of my recruiting and may have a decision later this month," he said.

What does this mean for Purdue? The answer sure sounds encouraging.

"Purdue has been in it since the beginning," he said. "I liked them then and they'll be in it to the end."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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