With National Signing Day just around the corner one of the state's top uncommitted prospects, offensive lineman Jonathan McLaughlin, decided it was time to end his process a little early. The Mauldin High standout and Shrine Bowl selection decided to give his commitment to East Carolina on and SCPrepNation.com caught up with him to talk about his decision to play for the Pirates.
"I really like the coaches and the atmosphere at ECU. It will be home away from home." McLaughlin said.
One of his former Mauldin High teammates and fellow offensive lineman Taylor Hudson currently plays for the Pirates and McLaughlin talked about how that will play into things for him.
"Yeah, having Taylor there will help me a lot with plays and workouts. He will be a huge help."
McLaughlin already says he's preparing himself for the next level and what it brings.
"The speed of the game is the biggest thing I will have to get used to. As a tackle I will need to get ready for faster defensive ends at the next level."
The Mauldin standout says he's currently weighing in at 272 pounds and he says that the ECU coaching staff hasn't informed him of a weight where they'd like him to report at as of now.
As previously mentioned McLaughlin played for the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team in December and he talked about his experience and what it was like going up against some of the country's top defensive linemen in Jonathan Bullard (Florida commit) and Carlos Watkins (Clemson commit).
"The Shrine Bowl was an amazing week. I met a lot of players and just had so much fun getting to know all of them and playing with them."
"Yeah playing against Bullard and Watkins and doing pretty well gave me a lot of confidence. It gave me a preview on how college will be too."
So how does McLaughlin feel to have his decision made and now waiting for National Signing Day to get here?
"It's a big weight off my shoulders, now I can finish school and get ready for ECU."