Ken McLaurin SMU Signing Day Profile

Scott breaks down SMU signee Ken McLaurin in his National Signing Day Profile.

Ken McLaurin Signing Day Video

SENIOR YEAR STATS: 78 tackles, 21 TFLs, 11 sack and 3 forced fumbles
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Missouri, Iowa State, Illinois, North Texas, Nevada, Colorado State and Boise State.
AUDIBLE: “We’ve built a really good relationship over these last eight months, it’s just be really great, I really like the coaches and they are really cool so that made a really big impact.”

How Ken McLaurin fits

The defensive tackle fits in nicely to the interior of the defensive front for the Mustangs.  He has the quickness to beat the interior offensive linemen across their face, but he also has the strength and size to hold his own when he faces a double team.  

What Ken McLaurin brings

McLaurin might be the Mustangs most important commit in the Chad Morris era.  At 6-2 ½ , and nearly 285-pounds, the defensive tackle has an incredibly quick first step which makes it that much harder for offensive linemen to handle him. He’s got a good initial punch that sends even the big o-linemen back a few steps.  His size gives him a nice advantage, and he almost always commands a double team. McLaurin finds himself in the backfield more often than not, and he does a nice job of locating the ball and making the tackle.

What to Expect Freshman Year

McLaurin should come in and make an immediate impact for the Mustangs on the defensive line.   The Denton native already has the size, quickness and strength to play at the next level, and he’ll continue to improve on his technique as he learns under the new coaching staff.  With little depth on the defensive front, McLaurin will have every opportunity in the world to win significant playing time even as a freshman.  

Career Expectations for Ken McLaurin

Considering McLaurin will likely only get better as he gets older, it’s safe to say he’ll be one of the better defensive linemen to come through SMU in quite some time.  Even as a high school senior, the Ryan product shows he has an impressive combination of size and quickness.  As McLaurin gets older, he should have no problem continuing to progress as a player in terms of his technique and knowledge of the game.

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