McLaurin set for Purdue's spring game

McLaurin set for Purdue's spring game

Indianapolis Cathedral High School receiver Terry McLaurin will make a return trip to West Lafayette for Purdue's Saturday spring game. What does this mean for the three-star prospect? Boiler Sports Report offers the details.

Terry McLaurin was there at the beginning—the Boilermakers' first practice under new head coach Darrell Hazell.

Inside the Mollenkopf Center, the Indianapolis receiving prospect saw a changed Purdue program. There was a new energy at practice which resonated from the coaching staff.

"They have a great change coming through there," McLaurin said of Purdue. "The energy is great, from Coach Hazell to Heacock to Sherman. They have a balance of good coaching and hard workers, as well."

However, one look wasn't enough for McLaurin. Purdue has made progress during its spring drills, and the receiver wants to see those changes in person. He'll be at Ross-Ade Stadium for Saturday's spring game.

"I like what I've seen so far," McLaurin said, "but now I want to see how they put it together, how the players compete, how the coaches coach. I want to see how they've laid the foundation."

One of the most important things for McLaurin to watch is how the offense looks in full game speed. During his first visit on campus, he spoke with Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop and learned about what the Boilermakers' new system would look like.

In the west coast offense, there's a lot of throwing, a lot of motion," McLaurin said. "I'll be looking to see if it's true to what [Shoop] says, plus how the playmakers make plays, the guys step up, and how the coaches react."

McLaurin, who plays his high school football at Cathedral (Ind.) High School, holds offers from Purdue, Ball State, Cincinnati, Missouri, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

Purdue held the lead for McLaurin up until Missouri jumped into the mix, extending a scholarship offer during his visit last weekend. Now, the Tigers have evened up the race with Purdue.

"I kind of like them both for different reasons," he said. "What attracts me to Missouri is their coaching staff; they're really, really laidback from the top to the bottom. I'm a hard worker and their coaches teach them to play at a high level."

The experience in West Lafayette could determine whether Purdue regains its lead for McLaurin. However, it's too soon for a final decision to come, he explained.

"I'm still hearing form other coaches," he said. "I probably won't make a commitment soon, but this visit will definitely effect where [Purdue is]—it could possibly set them apart. I want to see how it all goes."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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