Better Know a Buckeye: Terry McLaurin

By Vico on May 1, 2014 at 11:00a

The 12th installment of this year's Better Know a Buckeye series transitions from the class' lone quarterback to another unheralded prospect who could make waves early into his career. Terry McLaurin, a wide receiver from Indianapolis, was a camp offer and one of the better stories of this entire recruiting class. Barely recruited after his junior year, McLaurin held offers from just Bowling Green, Purdue, and Toledo. That is just two MAC offers and a program that might as well be. He later acquired offers from Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri before committing to the Buckeyes.

Ohio State appeared on his radar late in the process. The story devolved into McLaurin wanting an offer from Ohio State and going to a couple Ohio State camps until he earned it. He earned it on June 21st of last year and committed two days later.

I retell this story below, mostly focusing on the story as it pertains to Ohio State. Thereafter, I provide a discussion of strengths and areas for improvement before conjecturing about a redshirt in 2014. I provide highlights and conclude with miscellaneous things about Terry McLaurin you may find interesting.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
High School: Cathedral High School; Indianapolis, IN

His Recruitment

Cathedral is not an unknown program in Indiana. It won the last four 5A state championships. It sends players locally to programs like Ball State and the service academies. In 2012, the program placed one alumnus at Notre Dame (John Turner) and another at Indiana (Jacob Bailey). Further, I contend Indiana is a prep football state on the collective rise. I like a lot of the talent that state is producing of late. 

With that in mind, it is any wonder McLaurin was a MAC prospect by the end of his junior year. He later acquired offers from programs like Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri before Ohio State took serious notice of him, but he flew well under the radar. He had just those offers from Bowling Green, Purdue, and Toledo to his credit.

This is another Kerry Coombs find. Coombs' addition to the coaching staff has given Ohio State a different regional flavor of late. His areas of interest lay in Indiana and Michigan, two states from which Ohio State has recruited before (e.g. Joel Hale, Vernon Gholston), but infrequently. Coombs visited his high school at the end of April pitching Ohio State's summer camp to McLaurin. This is a common tactic for coaches who are interested in a prospect but feel the need to coach him in a camp to get a better sense of his college potential.

McLaurin attended his first Ohio State camp on the weekend of June 8-9 and performed well. This was Ohio State's first camp of the summer and the coaches were impressed but not convinced. The coaches invited him to the senior advanced camp two weeks later. Here, he convinced Urban Meyer that he was worth the scholarship offer. He committed shortly thereafter.

His Commitment

On June 23, Terry McLaurin jumped on his camp offer and became the 12th member of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class. He told Eleven Warriors what led to his decision.

"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."


"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."

Ohio State's primary competition for McLaurin's verbal commitment was, of all programs, Purdue. This is unfortunate for Darrell Hazell. A QB-WR combo of David Blough and Terry McLaurin would have been a nice coup for him in 2014. Missouri appeared to be the other finalist.

Where He Excels

References to the primacy of "speed" in Ohio State's recruiting efforts can be overused to the point of losing any real meaning. Thus, believe me when I say McLaurin likely is the fastest player in this recruiting class on a straight line. That may have been what got Ohio State's attention first and foremost. We can qualify the 4.41 40-yard dash time from The Opening, but McLaurin is just fast. Real fast.

I reiterate that it is any wonder McLaurin was a MAC prospect by the end of his junior year (and not just junior football season). It is one thing that McLaurin is fast. He plays fast too. McLaurin plays with a level of confidence that makes his "fast" seem that much faster.

More than just fast, McLaurin demonstrated his wares at The Opening a week after committing to Ohio State. He posted one of the top 40 times (the aforementioned 4.41 time) and demonstrated his athleticism with an eye-opening 44.8-inch vertical leap. If not for Ohio State pouncing on McLaurin at the end of April, his recruitment may have exploded nationally in July and August.

Must Work On

I think McLaurin projects to a role similar to the departed Philly Brown. He can do some spot H receiver work, but I think he is wanted as an outside receiving option.

To that end, McLaurin will need to work on route-running. Every wide receiver moving from high school to college needs to do this because the high school passing game is simple to the point of simplistic at the high school level. This is fine for high school, but not everything McLaurin will be asked to do will be a simple curl or a tunnel screen.

McLaurin is a "body catcher" too. I would like to see him use his hands, extended, to catch passes as he matures at the college level.

Listed at 6-0 and 190 pounds, he will need to fill out his frame and increase upper body strength.


I think this is another redshirt in 2014. Ohio State has a lot of B-plus options at wide receiver in 2014. No As, but some solid B-pluses. The door is open for McLaurin to play immediately, but he would need to present himself as more of a sure thing than what we already have returning and coming off redshirts (e.g. Jalin Marshall). I think McLaurin redshirts in 2014 and logs some important scout team work while filling out his frame.


Senior year film is here. Junior year film is below.



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Buckeye Knight's picture

Another great recruit!  Looking forward to seeing him burning some DB's in the next few years.

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UrbanPirate's picture

Who DVs a comment like that? Someone not looking forward to seeing an incoming recruit who worked hard to earn his offer from the Buckeyes the old fashion way burning some DB's in the next few years?

Just... Go Bucks.


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johnny11's picture

I live in Speedway next to the track which is in Indianapolis. This kid and Justin Brent that went to Notre Dame were the best two prospects in the city this past year.

BGSUBucksFan's picture

He made a few nice grabs away from his body in the highlight tape.  The potential is great.  Really excited about the WR depth and talent

FROMTHE18's picture

Agreed about the redshirt. Not anything against his ability, but he needs to add a little weight to fulfil his potential down the line and a redshirt year will do just that. I really like his game and think he will end up being a great player for us if he trusts the process and works hard. 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Very excited about this kid.  Get him in the weight room, the film room, and with the WR's coaching staff and watch him blossom.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

whobdis's picture

I love stories like this. Everyone knows about the Clowneys of the recruiting world but guys like this come out of nowhere and the program that puts in the footwork to find guys like this are usually rewarded for their efforts. I would think a redshirt would be in order as well..Clark maybe a similar type reciever and it would probably be best to get a year between them. My only caveat would be if he turns out to be another Teddy on kick/punt returns.

NuttyBuckeye's picture

I was able to watch his state championship game this year on TV.  This young man is FAST and pretty fluid.  I think he was a steal for us.  He fits the speed mold Meyer loves.  In 2-3 years, our offense is going to be VERY QUICK, and tough to defend in space.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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holtzy's picture

You can tell he's a speedster.  Great to have him as a Buckeye!

BassDropper's picture

He's my dark horse-true freshman to see significant PT this year.


irishfury's picture

One of my fav recruits.  I love the fact that he wanted to be here and worked for it.  He also his sparq rating and results amazing.

OSUBias's picture

"simple to the point of simplistic" is a really complicated phrase.

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

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osubuck57's picture

If he works as hard as he did to get his offer, he has the potential to be a really good player for OSU. I too believe he red-shirts this year. Only so many balls for our crowded WRs right now. Can't wait to see who separates themselves in the fall.


Jeremypreemo81's picture

Really like this kid, he wanted it and earned it.  His body type reminds of Terry Glenn and that uniform and number remind me of The Rocket.  Hopefully he is a nice mixture of both

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DC-town's picture

A lot of speed routes against weaker competition, so he'll need some polish with routes and hands, definitely looks good with the ball in his hands...and I love seeing the 'hand the ball to the official' after a big return/ score- we need more of those

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Great kid and very talented player. Was a pleasure to be a part of his recruitment.

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

I believe his recruitment did start to blow up and If I remember correctly Terry was either offered or received a phone call from Nick Saban himself. He said something like he politely told Saban he was firmly committed to tOSU. I could be thinking of somebody else and correct me if Im wrong but I really want to believe it was Terry that told Bama to beat their feet. Kid might have to redshirt just for the simple fact that Dixon and Samuel enrolled early and will be ahead in the game. Then you have second year guys like Jalin Marshall and James Clark who also have very similar skill sets to Terry. He is going to be a beast here but one thing is for sure and that we are absolutely loaded to the gills with young speed and playmakers. Great article.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

Whoa Nellie's picture

Can't beat smart, fast, athletic, hard-working and from a championship culture.  This young man looks like a great find.  Can't wait to see him play for the good guys.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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Shangheyed's picture

Great work ethic and elite speed... I like the potential indeed!

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Can't wait to see him on the field in the next few years!  Great write up!  Sounds like a great young man with some great football skills.

Go Bucks!!

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