School is out today for a great deal of the students here in South Carolina. While most students are set to embark on their summer vacation Mauldin High's Jonathan McLaughlin continues to work on his game as one of the state's top offensive line prospects. The 2012 prospect landed two offers on Thursday and he talks about those offers and much more with Scout.com.
With his junior year behind him now we asked the 6'5 280 pound prospect what it feels like to be on top of the high school food chain so to say as a senior.
"It feels good to be a senior and taking on that senior leadership role as this season goes on," McLaughlin said.
He talked about where he feels things stand for his Mavericks during their spring practices.
"Spring practice was very good. I am the only returning offensive lineman so I had to take over the leadership role in that area and in other areas. Our team overall is looking good also."
McLaughlin gave us word of his most recent offers, one which came on Thursday afternoon and another that came later on Thursday night.
"Florida International just offered me," and he later gave us news of his second offer of the day, what he knows about FIU, and which schools are giving him the .
"I know there a growing school. I like the fact that there in Florida which is a nice state."
"Marshall just offered me!"
The two offers from FIU and Marshall join previous offers from East Carolina and Wake Forest so we asked McLaughlin to talk about what schools remain heavily in the mix as of late for him.
"Right now I'm talking to Wake Forest, East Carolina , Marshall, Florida International, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, NC State, Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee ,LSU, Northwestern, and Miami."
With an extensive list of suitors we queried the lineman to talk about what he likes about some of the schools on that list and below are his responses.
East Carolina: I really like ECU. I have an old teammate, Taylor Hudson, that plays for them and he seems to like it up there. I also like the fact that I've had two visits from them. Coach Riley came here to see me and talk and also Coach Jones was here some time this week. So that means to me that they like me as a player.
Wake Forest: I have been to Wake Forest twice now. I got to see more of the school also got to meet the head coach. I really like the atmosphere there. I got to see them play in the spring game really liked to offense and think they like me as a player also. They're the one school that sends mail or contacts me about everyday and that means a lot also.
Clemson: I have been to Clemson a lot of times. I even know how to get there so that's a big plus. Also another one of my teammates, Ryan Norton, will enroll there soon. I have had many conversations with Coach Swinney and seen all of the school. I've also seen their practices and games. I've had the chance to experience their game atmosphere and loved it every time.
Georgia Tech: I've gotten a chance to talk with coach Spencer. He is a great guy. They were one of the schools that have started to recruit me early and also to tell me about the process. So that's a big plus as well. I like the tradition at Georgia Tech.
South Carolina: I got to talk to coach Elliott there. We have talked about a lot. I wasn't able to see them in spring. They're also a school that started to recruit me early. I have a coach at Mauldin, James Thompson, that went there so he talks about the new things they have and everything they are about.
Tennessee: The thing about Tennessee that I like is they have sent me a lot of mail over the process. I have not gotten the chance to talk to a coach yet over the phone or in person but they have told me that they want me there for camp and everything so that's also good.
So what are the 3-stars plans for this off season and timetable for making his commitment?
"I plan to visit the schools that have offered this summer and also make it a couple of camps. I was planning on making a decision after summer. I have kind of changed that now so,it will be about midway through my senior season or before."
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