Terry McLaurin is Number 13

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 23, 2013 at 7:01p
116 Comments
Welcome to Ohio State, Terry.

Here's your gray box, Buckeye fans. 

Indianapolis (Cathedral HS) wide receiver Terry McLaurin has committed to Ohio State. McLaurin, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, was working hard to receive an Ohio State offer, which he picked up on Friday, and today he becomes the 13th member of the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class. He is the second player from Indiana to pledge for the Buckeyes, joining Gary wideout Lonnie Johnson. 

"Honestly, it feels great because I know I earned this," McLaurin told Eleven Warriors. "I feel a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that I went out and earned the scholarship, it feels great."

While every player who gets a chance to don the Scarlet and Gray "earns it," McLaurin's journey has been a bit more circuitous. He camped at Ohio State on June 9th and he was very impressive, almost earning an offer from the Buckeyes on the spot, but Ohio State had a few concerns that they needed to see improvement on. One source told Eleven Warriors that if McLaurin were to handle those things, there was "no way the Buckeyes couldn't take him," because of his electric speed – Ohio State's staff hand-timed a 4.36 40 — he was too fast to pass up.

"They had told me on the 9th to work on coming in and out of my routes quicker, because they teach a different technique than I'm used too," he said. "They also wanted me to catch the ball a little bit smoother and locate it more quickly. I worked on those two things a lot the last two weeks."

"Coach Meyer told me I kind of snuck up on him," McLaurin said of his future coach. "He normally knows a lot about kids before he offers so he wanted to get to know me a bit more before they offered. He said they take things slow and do it the right way because when they offer, guys usually say yes."

When the offer came, McLaurin considered saying yes and committing on the scene, but wanted to make sure he was not just making a sudden emotional decision. He had been strongly considering Purdue and Missouri, and said that the hardest part of the decision was how to let other schools know that he was choosing the Buckeyes.

"I appreciated the offer and opportunity so much, but I want to talk this over with my family because they've been a big component in this process since day one," he said. "It's hard telling the schools that have offered me I'm not interested anymore. I'm so appreciative to those schools for recruiting me, who had faith in my ability, so telling them no was hard. But at the end of the day, I had to choose the school that was the best for me."

That school is Ohio State, and the speedy wide receiver is being told to expect his role in the offense to be — wait for it — similar to how Meyer used Percy Harvin at Florida.

"They told me that I will be in the Percy Harvin role, a  slot wide receiver, jet sweep-type of guy and I love that," McLaurin said. "Harvin is a receiver that I look up to and I would like to think our games are similar. Plus, knowing the success he had in Coach Meyer's offense is exciting."

"It was really the challenge and to chance to achieve greatness academically and on the field," he continued. "I feel like the football staff and the administration at the Ohio State University will help me reach my full potential. I want to play for a team that will win championships and compete at a high level and also play for a staff that will make me the best player possible. The competition is great and Urban Meyer's offense will fits me perfectly. After my second visit to Ohio State that became pretty clear to me. It's a great fit for me and my family."

The Terry McLaurin File

  • Size: 6-0/190
  • Pos: WR
  • School: Cathedral (Indianapolis)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: 49 (WR)

McLaurin is anxious to get started working as a Buckeye commitment. He realizes it will add pressure to everything he does, but he'll be one of the now nine man contingent of Buckeye recruits at The Opening in Eugene (Ore.) next week and he's looking forward to being there with his new family.

"It's kind of amazing, isn't it? It feels great and a sign that we are doing something very special," he said of his future teammates. "I'm not sure but that has to be up there for the most commits going to an all-star event. I'm excited to get out there am compete with and against everyone, but more so because it's a chance to get to know my future teammates."

While McLaurin is not going to be as vocal in his recruitment of other players to Ohio State's class as others have been, he says he'll do his part to help keep Ohio State on the minds of people around him.

"I had my own thoughts and plans in mind (with his recruitment), so I know other guys will be looking for certain stuff that's important to them," he said about recruiting for the Buckeyes. "I want to help where I can with that but I know what the pressure is like with all of this as a recruit. I don't want to add anymore pressure on another recruit, they will know what's best for them at the end of the day."

116 Comments

Comments

TMac's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation !!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I can sum this up in one word...

Cavluv23's picture

Yessssss !!!!!! Lol this one never gets old !!!
 

World travel is my passion spreading the word and grace of Ohio in every corner of the world . 

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Does anyone else find this GIF a little creepy?  Alright we just landed a WR that runs like Teddy Ginn on ephedra filled jumbo pixie sticks.... let's post a bunch of dudes air humping!

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Cavluv23's picture

Sorry bro but your on your own with that one ....this gif is a classic !!!! Tell me it's not funny !!! Lol

World travel is my passion spreading the word and grace of Ohio in every corner of the world . 

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Congrats, Terry. Welcome. 

The South will NOT rise again!

Basso Profondo's picture

He earned the offer and I'm happy to have him with us, congrats Mr. McLaurin!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Excellent. Seems like a really driven, hard working guy. Welcome to the family. 

Jason Priestas's picture
bodast67's picture

Yes, I love Grey Box Sundays !!!!!!!!

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

Kevbo714's picture

*Via internet chest bumps*

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

BOOM!!!  Welcome to the family. The work starts here and ends where you decide, but I'll be cheering for you. Love kids that want to be buckeyes. 

Read my entire screen name....

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Tom Crean will be cutting down the nets.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Commitments on commitments on commitments! Jamarco is next!
*fingers crossed*

In Urban We Trust!

steensn's picture

Great news, def a straight line speed guy at the moment, takes him a few extra steps to get full speed but I'm sure the staff can fix the initial burst. When the kid hits his high gear after about 10 yards ain't no one catching him! Sound teachable and committed, love it when kids work so hard to get to one university and earn a spot. Great attitude!

Shock-G's picture

Holy smokehouse, that kid can move!!

Round on the ends and hi in the middle ....

Crimson's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family!  Time to party!

Danify's picture

You get an upvote alone for bringing back a childhood memory. Loved Pokemon during it's height in the 90s.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Brock. XD

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

UrbanCulture's picture

Man...by how quick that gray box came out its almost as if the staff saw this one coming.

brandonbauer87's picture

I love high character guys. It seems like we're on a roll with quality young men. 

MN Buckeye's picture

I REALLY do not want to know what this old man is actually doing.

argyle182021's picture

Enjoying a bit of the Old Toby - the finest weed in the Southfarthing.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

OSUStu's picture

Wow. Three high quality commits in four days. Way to go Urban and crew!

Welcome Terry! We are excited to have you on board!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

OSU_undergrad's picture

I love the number of "lower level" recruits we're getting, who I haven't necessarily heard of but seem to be high quality people and players. A lot of them seem to be the type that slip through the cracks.

steensn's picture

I always find it funny when these "lower level" kids gets lot of "huh" reactions while they've been invited to the open... Which is limited to 150 of the best players in the country. Good work by the staff seemingly pulling in a lot of "hidden gems." Seems well see more Eze's this year, which isn't a bad thing. Wonder how many "88-89" guys will end up "94-96" guys ;)

Citrus's picture

Everyone is partying

dancorona5's picture

So will there be a photographer at the opening taking a team photo? 9 out of 13...wow!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Hey, if you all wanna chip in for a plane ticket I'll be more than happy to head out to Oregon.

MN Buckeye's picture

What the hell has happened to all the dues for Premium membership!?  Actually, I would be happy to chip in to send Birm out to the state owned by Nike for the Opening.  No better news source than 11W, so set up an account and I am on board.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Let's do it. If we all chip in a few bucks, we could cover the whole trip.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

One Bad Buckeye's picture

cosign.....let's do it.  

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

Jugdish's picture

Count me in too. I would be happy to contribute. 
I really like Terry. He is the kind of young man who can make us all proud. He has charisma which reminds me of Dane Sanzenbacher.

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

Gobucks2204's picture

If we keep recruiting at this rate, we will have 7 on 7's in Oregon of just Buckeyes!

buck-I.8's picture

QB/S- Collier
WR/S- Johnson
WR/CB- McLaurin
RB- Campbell
LB- Berger
LB- Booker
CB- Webb
LB- Holmes
 
It might work haha

TheBadOwl's picture

I'll definitely pitch in, let's do this.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Danify's picture

Do Kickstarter! I would donation in two seconds to see you guys head out to Oregon for "The Opening" especially after all the hard work you guys have done in recruiting related news.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Can helmet stickers be used as currency?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Bucks's picture

Considering the volume of representation for our Buckeyes, I would/will donate towards a flight and stay. Certainly worthwhile.
I realize this was written as a joke but that is entirely your fault Jeremy. Let's get this ball rolling.
 
(EDIT: Before I could even post this, there was already a line forming with similar comments. Love the people we have here.)
 

DallasTheologian's picture

I second the Kickstarter recommendation.

chicagobuckeye's picture

What is funny is, if you put on the homepage for donations for it, you would probably make close to it even in just small donations. Just say if it doesn't reach that point all funds will be refunded.

d1145fresh's picture

They can not only do the O-H-I-O but also spell out STATE. 
Not to mention O-State targets: Lorenzo Carter, Meechy, McMillan, Mixon, Austin Roberts, Curtis Samuel, Artavis Scott, JuJu, Trevion Thompson, Quincy Wilson. 
It really wouldn't be a surprise if by NSD we have 10-15 kids who were invited to The Opening. 

Knarcisi's picture

Fast as hell, good change of direction, good hands, breaks tackles. Will do!

Gobucks2204's picture

Someday I hope we can call it the Terry McLaurin position, rather than the Percy Harvin position! Welcome to the Buckeyes! Another high character kid!

Gametime's picture

+1 or the Dontre Wilson, or the Jalin Marshall, etc.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

Bucks's picture

Welcome aboard!

Gametime's picture

Welcome T-Mac! I'm excited about this kid, but now it makes me curious as with Paris and T-Mac in the fold now, does that mean we pass on Curtis Samuel or is he still very much in play given the versatility of all these guys?
That said, with our stable of backs, how much would we also value a Derrell Scott if he and EzE want to tear it up for the next few years while Dunn is pounding the rock?
Next I definitely want to see some O-Line commits, MEECHY, J Jones, Jermaine Eluemunor, Mavety, and Prince - big boys you're are on deck!
Go BUCKS!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

Gobucks2204's picture

Amen. We need some O lineman to block for all our "Percy Harvins."

osubuck57's picture

Congratulations Terry!! You definately earned it !! Glad your a part of 2014 class!!

SCOTTC.

Dougger's picture

speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed

I like football

tdible2132's picture

I'm really excited to hear how our Buckeyes perform at the opening.  Especially some of the lesser known guys like Stephen Collier, Terry McLaurin, and others.  If they are getting stellar reviews while competing against the best the nation has to offer, then we know we have something really special and that we certainly beat other big schools to the punch when it comes to offering some of these gems.  Hopefully our Buckyes show well out in Oregon and possibly even sway a few five stars into seriously checking out OSU! 

weimerad's picture

Welcome aboard Terry.
So my question now is, what skills position player gets left out now? A RB, WR, H-back?  Samuel, Hilliman, Blacknall, Thompson

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I've said for a while I don't think a RB ends up in this class unless it's a player like Derrell Scott, Myles Autry or Joe Mixon. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Would the only reasonable shot be Derrell Scott?

FROMTHE18's picture

be interesting to see how he develops as a buckeye...happy for him...

trasch_man's picture

Let me give this whole gif thing a shot- welcome aboard!
 

trasch_man's picture

Now that I know this works, I'll bring you the very best celebratory gifs.

Hovenaut's picture

You're picking a great time to do it.....Buckeye recruiting is rolling.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

trasch_man's picture

I'll take any excuse I can get to roll out a few solid gifs. Things are certainly looking like I'll need to stay on my game.

tdible2132's picture

And now the numbers game gets really interesting.  I'd say we still need:
3- OL (Jamarco Jones, Demetrius Knox, Damian Prince, Alex Bookser, C. Mavety, J. Elumanor)
1-TE/H-Back (Austin Roberts, Mike Gesicki)
1-WR (Blacknall, Thompson, Dixon, Samuel)
1-ATH (Lattimore)
1-DL (Barnett, Elam, Holley, Carter, Shaw, Ford, Soloman Thomas, etc.)
1-LB (Raekwon McMillan)
2-DB (Erick Smith, Quincy Wilson, Shawn Boone, Terrance Alexander, etc.)
I'm not even including a RB which is still very possible (Derrell Scott, Jonathan Hilliman, Joe Mixon, etc.)
 
Either way, we'd have to take 23 commitments if we end up with those needs being filled, but I just can't see this class getting to 23 based on everything I've heard.  Regardless, I have to trust the staff knows what they are doing even if it bothers me that it looks like we may have to pass on some highly rated players.  Bottom line is you always have to pass on some highly rated guys.  I'm beginning to wonder if this OL need has been a bit overblown.  Perhaps the staff is only planning on taking 4 guys.  Maybe the staff doesn't feel good about Jamarco Jones right now?  Something's gotta be going on behind the scenes, I just wish I could get that inside look at how they are crunching the numbers.  I think we all feel totally blind and confused about the numbers game.  Who knows, maybe the staff doesn't even have a set plan.  Maybe they are just taking guys they want and not worrying to much about positions outside of maybe OL and a few other spots. 

FROMTHE18's picture

is he headed to the opening?

steensn's picture

Yes, posted the highest sparq inChicagoChicago

Bucks's picture

Don't get many weeks like this in the recruiting world. Great addition. Welcome to the family!

captain obvious's picture

He's FAST
not as fast as Timmons
but FAST

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Crimson's picture

Some of the refs made it to the endzone before him, so he must be slow.

BuckeyesMJ's picture

Just had a visual of Terry flying by Peppers for 6!
O-H

Urban Nation Army's picture

I-O

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

MAVBuck's picture

Welcome aboard terry. 
Its beginning to look a lot like Florida in Ohio!

Poison nuts's picture

What I really like about the last couple of guys is not only how they earned their offer, but how the staff has offered despite the players being neither ranked highly, or having an huge offer sheet. There are people out their who say that UFM is a stargazer, only interested in a recruit's rankings. That's never been the case IMO. He recruits people who are good & who want to compete. End of story. Some are well known, some aren't. He also seems to be finding some kids with really good heads on their shoulders! This is another kid who had some really great things to say. Look out for a person who is dying to earn something & won't stop until they get it - that's a winner right there. I'm backing this class 100%....Congrats to Terry & Go Bucks!!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

I've never heard someone call Urban a Stargazer on any osu or national board. Quit making things up. 

Matt

Northbrook's picture

Welcome Mr McLaurin. Good to see you too Gray Box.

Knarcisi's picture

When Herbstreit relentlessly talks about "speed" like he always does, he's gonna have to talk about us like this. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Welcome, welcome! When it rains it pours!!!!!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Squirrel Master's picture

he's so fast he out runs the yellow circle! Nothing wrong with a 6 foot 4.3 guy who is really good at the slot back handoff. Kid takes it around those tackles and is gone. Not bad!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

buckeyedude's picture

Don't shoot me for saying this, but when I watch that video, I ain't thinkin' Percy Harvin, I'm thinking Ted Ginn. Holy crap that kid attracts a lot of attention, and man is he fast! Many of the defender just gave up pursuit.
Update: I don't know if 11W readers realize it or not, but a McLauren is a very fast car. Coincidence?

 

 

Crimson's picture

I just posted a different pic on a forum thread before I saw this.  These cars are badass.  I think it's still the fastest car ever made, street legal.  Nothing like outperforming Ferrari and Lamborghini.

bedheadjc's picture

'Cause some other car geek will point this out if I don't: The McLaren F1 was the fastest street legal car (and still the fastest naturally aspirated) at one time. It's since been bested by a handful of cars including the Bugatti Veyron. Both of the cars you guys posted are the McLaren P1 or MP4-12C, not the F1. The new McLarens are still crazy fast. And beautiful.

LouGroza's picture

Congrats Terry! Welcome to Buckeye Nation! Love kids that work hard and have the heart to be a Buckeye. 

Becool12's picture

"He's so fast... He makes fast people look not fast"

Knarcisi's picture

Relative speed 

Phillips.449's picture

Not only is he fast, the thing that stood out for me was his ability to shed tackles in traffic.  It seems to be the 3rd or 4th guy that touches him that finally takes him down (if he gets cornered).

BuckeyeUte's picture

Really impressed with this kid! His speed, poise, and eagerness to learn and get better. Welcome to Buckeye Nation Terry! Cant wait to see you on the field.

zbd's picture

Great news. He sure looks a lot bigger than 6' on the field. He can score any time he touches the ball. And that left handed QB isn't bad either.

Gobucks2204's picture

He is like Ted Ginn, but doesn't shy from contact.

9Route's picture

Something I noticed on the video is: I didn't see Terry do any excessive celebrating after a great play or TD, not 1 time. Classy kid. He act like he's been there before, because he has. Many many times.
He just hands the casually hands the ball to the referee after most touchdowns. I like this kid.

I'm just happy to be here

Gobucks2204's picture

Good point. We are really getting some classy recruits aren't we? This is the Golden age of Buckeye sports.

GV9's picture

I probably should know this but I don't:  
Who exactly decides which recruits are invited to The Opening in Oregon?  
Pretty impressive that we have so many commits going. 

Johnnycake's picture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb-QBR2IzlQ
His jersey and # reminds me of this guy. Would take A LOT to live up to.

buckeyestu's picture

Zoom zoom, love speed.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Speed kills!

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Sure does. Lets hope he uses this speed to burn everyone on the field. Really excited to see this kid play. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Max Power's picture

Welcome aboard Terry. Safe to say that this staff is addicted to speed. Looking forward to seeing what youve got young man

Max Power's picture

Ratings be damned... this kid can fly

avail31678's picture

Welcom Terry! 
 
Seriously.  Who in the heck are opposing defenses going to cover or focus on when we have the ball? 
SPEED!

Stinson's picture

The kid's highlight vid might as well be this:

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Urban Nation Army's picture

 

 

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

BeijingBucks's picture

Just watched his clips... makes me wonder.  who will get picked to return our punts?  all kinds of weapons

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

dmurder's picture

Powerhouse school in Indy for Div 3. They played Cin X a couple of years ago and I believe produced a few NFL players. Great addition and looking forward to a straight line gunner!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

pjtobin's picture

No one was kidding when they said he is fast. Wow. 
The one play where the camera was zoomed out, it was in the colts stadium. Did anyone else think of the original tecmo bowl. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

rkylet83's picture

What a steal!  This kid is fast.  I looks like their offense was largely throw the ball to Terry and let him run past everyone.

Young_Turk's picture

 
 
That kid is fast, and fearless!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Terry!!!  Your speed, skill, and attitude are exactly what we're looking to add some crystal balls to the trophy case!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Maestro's picture

Class is filling up quickly.  Keep it rolling!!

vacuuming sucks

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Terry McLaurin will score more touchdowns in one season than Michigan's entire offense will.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Damn I'm behind maybe I will be caught up by kickoff.
Welcome to The Ohio State University T-Mac!!!!
Glad to have you on board and best of luck in your chase for the crystal!