"I've been waiting for a while. I'm excited. It's a close to home offer and that's definitely something I'm going to look at," Scout's No. 11 defensive tackle in Texas said.
SMU defensive backs coach Jess Loepp called McLaurin's coach and told him to have McLaurin call him. Little did McLaurin know that Loepp, defensive coordinator Van Malone and defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt were all in the room waiting to talk with him.
"He (Loepp) basically said he's been trying to make me a Mustang since January when he got there and now he finally got the chance to do it so he's going to be on my butt hard about coming to SMU," McLaurin said. "They were debating whether their last spot should be a defensive end or a defensive tackle and they said they were going to wait until practice to see what they needed and they finally had a decision for another inside guy. There was nobody else they wanted for the spot so they offered."
Loepp and McLaurin talk on DM every 2-3 days he says and that has helped them develop a strong relationship.
"He's super cool and laid back. He likes to joke around and that's all really good," the 6-3, 285-pound lineman said.
SMU putting an emphasis on McLaurin to be the final piece to their puzzle along the defensive line in this class isn't lost on him.
"That's real huge and I've been waiting on that offer for a while now so that makes it huge," Scout's No. 52 defensive tackle in 2016 said.
SMU's coaching staff has made a big impression on McLaurin the couple times he has been on campus to visit, including a camp a few weeks back.
"The coaches all seem like they are like really dedicated to getting the program started," McLaurin said. "I really like that because I wouldn't mind being a part of a winning program and they seem like they got their head on straight for making SMU what it used to be and that's really exciting."
Wyatt and McLaurin worked together on the field and that has helped him see how he'd fit in the defense and with Wyatt as his coach.
“Coach Wyatt said I am a really good player and that I had a really good motor and that I would be able to do some good things at my size,” McLaurin said.
"Whenever I feel comfortable, I'll visit. Once a place really stands out from the others, that's when I'll make my decision," McLaurin said. "A great program and great coaches and if I'm really happy there and it feels like home is what I'm looking for."
McLaurin is slated to visit Colorado State on Oct. 10 for the Boise State game and is planning to visit SMU and Boise State for a game.