Denton Ryan DT Hearing from Texas Tech

RaiderPower.com caught up with Denton (TX) Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin recently for the lowdown on his relationship with Texas Tech and an update on his overall recruitment.

Texas Tech is expected to take several more defensive linemen in the 2016 recruiting class, and one of the prospects who may be close to getting an offer is Denton (TX) Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin.

The 6-foot-2.5, 270-pound three-technique had an outstanding 2014 season for head coach Dave Henigan-and the Ryan Raider is drawing attention from the Tech coaching staff.

It seems as if the coaches want to evaluate McLaurin in person before extending an offer. The coaches came down a couple times during spring ball to check him out, but neither time worked out (the first visit was the day before McLaurin's track meet, the second visit was on a non-practice day). He was invited out to participate in a satellite camp but he couldn't make it due to being hurt.

"They said they wanted to offer, but they have to see how I look since I've dropped some weight since last football season."

Coach Matt Brock is McLaurin's primary recruiter, and McLaurin says the two have developed a good relationship.

"We DM every now and then, about twice every week. It's a pretty good relationship. [We talk about] basically how things are going, how football's going, workouts and all that."

Tech is high on the defender's list. He grew up a fan of Mississippi State, being from that state, but the school in Lubbock was never far behind.

"I actually like Texas Tech. Tech was always my second favorite school growing up, first was always Mississippi State. I don't know too much about their defense but I still like the school."

The lineman's timeline is shortening - he plans on committing somewhere during Denton Ryan's Week 5 bye week. Schools like Houston, Boise State, and Kansas are expected to offer soon, and he is high up on two of the schools which have already offered.

"I really like Colorado State, they were my first offer, I really like Illinois too."

With Texas Tech's transition back to the 4-3, playing for Texas Tech wouldn't be that much of an adjustment schematically as McLaurin played both two- and three-tech in Ryan's 4-2-5 defense.

"I had twelve sacks, 58 tackles, three forced fumbles, I think I had 23 tackles for loss."

The summer is heating up and unofficial visit season is in full swing for the Class of 2016, and McLaurin is expecting to take some unofficials this summer.

"I'm thinking about visiting Colorado State and Illinois, the University of Houston."

How he feels about the coaching staff and the school's environment are two big factors which will determine where he plays football.

"Just a place that I feel comfortable at, great coaches, a great team environment. Just guys that know what they're doing. [Location] don't matter, as long as I'm comfortable.

Early playing time will factor in for him as well.

"Getting on the field, that's probably one of the most important things. I'm probably gonna redshirt my freshman year, depending on what the coaches think, but hopefully I'll be playing as a redshirt freshman or at least a sophomore."

McLaurin holds offers from Colorado State, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas State, and Toledo. He reports interest from SMU, Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas, Boise State, and Houston among others.


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