McLaurin, who becomes commit No. 13 for Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class, made the announcement on Twitter:
McLaurin was desperate for an Ohio State offer, something he earned after putting his speed on display at a pair of camps in Columbus earlier this month. His electronically timed 4.3-second 40-yard dash impressed the Ohio State coaching staff, and it only took McLaurin two days to commit after OSU extended its offer.
McLaurin explained why he chose the Buckeyes over his other two finalists, Missouri and Purdue, in an interview with Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com.
Having a chance to play for Urban Meyer, a legend, he’s going to go down as one of the best in college football history. He has a receiver background and knows what it takes to be an elite receiver not only on the collegiate level but next level as well.
McLaurin's high school numbers suggest he could turn into that elite receiver for Ohio State.
The speedy playmaker piled up more than 1,000 yards of total offense during his junior season (820 receiving, 198 rushing) to complement 16 total touchdowns. Combining his rushing attempts and receptions, McLaurin averaged more than 20 yards per touch last year, and he also returned two punts for touchdowns.
Watching McLaurin's film will likely conjure memories of Ted Ginn Jr. for Ohio State fans. The speedy wideout can take a screen pass the distance if he finds a crease and is an absolute nightmare on designed run plays and reverses.
The Buckeyes missed out on some of their initial receiver targets when Drake Harris committed to Michigan and Derek Kief pledged to Alabama. But Meyer is still recruiting a number of wideouts, including 4-star prospects Saeed Blacknall, Mark Andrews, Trevion Thompson, Jalen Brown and Austin Roberts.
McLaurin's commitment, though, gives Ohio State the speedy receiver it needs to make Meyer's offense dangerous.
See McLaurin in action here:
All stats and recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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