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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Ohio State Spotlight: WR Terry McLaurin

By Brad Bournival

Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. Next on the list of wide receivers is Terry McLaurin, who blew the doors wide open after a runner-up finish at the SPARQ championships at The Opening earlier this month.

Vitals: McLaurin (Indianapolis/Cathedral) is 6-foot and 180 pounds.

Status: After camping on June 9 and June 21 at Ohio State and finally picking up a coveted offer, he committed to the Buckeyes on June 23.

ESPN.com ranking: McLaurin is ranked as the sixth-best player in Indiana No. 94 receiver in the country. While he’s not ranked in the ESPN 300 right now, his status could change when the rankings are updated.

Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin committed to Ohio State just two days after getting an offer.
Numbers game: His 4.41-second 40-yard dash and 44.8-inch vertical jump certainly jump out at you. Besides the speed and incredible leaping ability, McLaurin can catch the ball as well. Last season, he made 33 receptions for 820 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

State of the position: With scholarships handed out to slot receivers and ESPN 150 standouts Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) as well as four-star standouts James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College), the wideout position is strong. Add Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) coming in, too, and wide receiver at Ohio State looks to be locked down for the foreseeable future.

What has caught Ohio State’s eye: Besides the aforementioned speed, his athleticism is off the charts. McLaurin is a deep threat every time he touches the ball and his route-running is above average as well. If there’s a ball in the vicinity, he can high point and get to it before a defender. His explosiveness makes him a matchup problem as well and his determination has been lauded.

What he has said about the Buckeyes: “After going to Ohio State twice and having the opportunity to be great, I jumped at the opportunity. Playing for Coach [Urban] Meyer and a championship coach who will go down as one of the best is great. Ninety days ago I didn’t have any offers, and now I’m going to one of the best schools in the country and the best school, in my opinion. Being able to say I’m an Ohio State commit, it’s not something I take for granted.”