The anticipation for Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral receiver Terry McLaurin kept building and building.
An electric playmaker, McLaurin was at his best in the state championship, scoring a TD by rush, reception and punt return.
At lunch, McLaurin’s head coach Rick Streiff found him and told him that he talked with Purdue assistant coach Jon Heacock and that he needed to call him about some good news.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound McLaurin had an idea what was coming but couldn’t know for sure until he talked with Heacock.
McLaurin called right away. No answer. Per NCAA recruiting rules, Heacock couldn’t return the call.
Around five, McLaurin called him again. No pick up.
Two hours later, McLaurin dialed Heacock who was just stepping out of meetings.
“The first thing that came out of his mouth was that we’re offering you,” McLaurin recapped.
Purdue became the first program to offer McLaurin, who used his 4.4 speed this past fall to help Cathedral win a third-straight state championship.
“I was speechless,” McLaurin said. “I’ve always dreamed about this day coming. Once I heard the words it was surreal.”
McLaurin is familiar with Purdue and the new coaching staff after visiting for a recent junior day. He will be back in West Lafayette for a spring practice on March 19th.
“The coaches have really made a good impression on me,” McLaurin said. “I felt they were all on one chord and trying to get that program to the top. I enjoyed my time there and I felt a lot of love. A lot of their coaches reached out to me from Coach (Kevin) Maurice to Coach (Darrell) Hazell to Coach Heacock who recruits our area to Coach (Kevin) Sherman the receivers coach. He liked me a lot with my speed and versatility.”
Easy to see why.
As a junior, McLaurin finished the year with 33 receptions for 820 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also scored two rushing touchdowns and on two punt returns. He was big-time in the state tournament including the championship game where he scored on a 79-yard touchdown reception, a 66-yard punt return and a 41-yard run.
Though it’s just his first offer, McLaurin figures Purdue will be a school he considers all the way till the end. He does not have a timetable for a college decision.
“I’m just enjoying this one for now,” McLaurin said. “I want to get up there and see how they operate during a football practice. As far as right now today, I really like Purdue. I got down there and saw a lot of the facilities. They started off on a really nice foot. It’s close to home and I like that, and my mom went there too. She was excited as well.”
Besides Purdue, McLaurin is planning to visit Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo over his spring break. Cincinnati, Indiana and Michigan State are a few of the other programs showing interest.