2021 QB Aaron McLaughlin at The Nike Opening
Regional in Atlanta of March 2017 (8th Grade Year)
Though many Volunteer fans may not know much about Aaron, he will surely gather their attention soon.
McLaughlin, 2021 QB out of Buford High School (GA) burst on the scene very young with a combination of size and talent unmatched by most peers his own age and older. Measuring in the 6'5" 225lb range his size is certainly eye grabbing. Once on the field it was easy to see his talent was well enough to match his body.
Erik Richards of The All-American Bowl put his stamp on Aaron early on and he has not disappointed yet. It was not long before the offers began rolling in. Auburn, Michigan, USC, S. Carolina, Ole Miss, UGA are just some of the teams to offer the rising sophomore.
Over the weekend Aaron made his first trip Knoxville for an unofficial visit and I got with Aaron to find out how it went.
McLaughlin said this was his first visit to check out Tennessee but he was very impressed. "Regarding the facilities, I was blown away. I didn't think they would be that nice" was the response he gave in regards to his thoughts of facilities and overall campus assessment. McLaughlin spent a good portion of the day with Coach Helton watching film and building a relationship. Speaking of relationships, two other coaches that Aaron also has solid relationships with are Coach Lewis and Coach Sunseri.
It was made clear that love from the coaches was surely felt and they were as impressed with McLaughlin as he was to the visit. "I definitely could see myself in Knoxville, they are for sure one of my top schools now" is a statement that should make all Vol fans smile just a bit. Giving the fact that McLaughlin is only going into the 10th grade, it should be nice to know that a projected top 5 QB in the 2021 class is thinking highly of the Vols. Tennessee has not seen the luxury of a prototypical big frame, solid arm QB since when, Tyler Bray?
So how did the visit end? It ended with the 2021 QB announcing he has received yet another offer and this one coming from The Big Orange of Tennessee!
I'm sure it will not be long before McLaughlin is swamped by UT fans showing their extreme passion and love for prospects considering their beloved Vols. For Vol fans who want to check out the 2021 QB's Freshman Varsity Highlight's, the link is below..
Article by: Dale Dowden