Pennsy TE Makes Takes Unofficial to Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- There were plenty of known high-level prospects at the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 over the weekend, but a number of players also showed they were worthy of watching as spring recruiting picks up. This 6-foot-4 tight end from Pennsylvania showed well at the event, and before he did that he made an unofficial visit to Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The recruiting process is only beginning for Wallenpaupack High (Hawley, Pa.) receiver Will McLaughlin, but if he can show consistency following his initial showing in a marquee event, he will be hearing from plenty of schools.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound McLaughlin, who projects as a tight end in college, displayed his catching ability and his speed after the catch during the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 this weekend inside the Rutgers practice bubble.

And the school with an inside track is Rutgers, which hosted McLaughlin on an unofficial visit before the event began.

"We came here Friday night and I got a tour of the campus," McLaughlin said. "It's amazing. I love it. It's nice. The weight room was pretty cool. The t.v.'s and stuff to watch after you get done lifting …that was pretty cool."

Most of McLaughlin's interest is coming from FCS schools, but he believes more will come when the spring evaluation period starts, and when he hits the camp circuit in the summer.

"This is a good start, but maybe I need to go to more things like this," McLaughlin said. "I really don't know that much about this. My coach just happened to find this, so I was fortunate enough to find it and come here."

There are a variety of reasons McLaughlin's name hasn't hit the recruiting circuit, including this being his first 7-on-7 event and the location of the school, which is east of Scranton and near the New York border.

Also, the Buckhorns relied heavily on the running game because of youth at the quarterback spot, but he still finished with 17 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns. He also made 21 tackles and had an interception playing defensive end.

"Right now I'm a receiver, but a lot of college said I would probably play tight end," McLaughlin said. "I don't care. I'll play wherever I have to just to play. Mostly my job was blocking, and that hurt me a little bit for getting looks."

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