Making McLaughlin all the more attractive to UT recruiters is the fact he has a cousin, Rendrick Taylor, who is a standout junior receiver on the same high school team.
McLaughlin, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, told Robert Thorne of CUTigers.com that three schools have the early lead for his commitment.
''Georgia, Clemson and Tennessee are my favorites,'' he said, adding that: ''Tennessee is the only one showing interest right now.''
McLaughlin, who also played some at receiver last fall, clocks 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and looks to be a natural safety.
''My strengths are my pass coverage skills,'' he said. ''I am also a good run stopper.''
McGlaughin said he would also love to attend the same college as Taylor.
''We are cousins,'' he said. ''We talk about playing together almost every day.''
Whereas Taylor is on schedule to graduate in December, McLaughlin will graduate with the rest of his class. Still, he also might make an early commitment.
''If I had a chance to go to one of my favorites I might make a quick decision,'' he said.