The recruiting process has steadily picked up for speedy Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral wide receiver Terry McLaurin, and on Thursday he reeled in his second BCS offer from the Cincinnati Bearcats.
"I had been in contact with the previous staff, but when the new staff got in I hadn't really heard much from them other than letters here and there," McLaurin said.
"Yesterday I was getting after it in the weight room and my receiver coach came up to me and said I should call the receivers coach, Coach [Blake] Rolan, and there could be some good news for me. When I called him he first off said they were redoing their recruiting board my tape came up again and they all really loved it, liked the way I competed every down.
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"They wanted to be sure they reached out to me and hopefully I could get out there soon and see them. I told them when I started the recruiting process Cincinnati was a school that I wanted to target. Knowing that they offered me now is real exciting for me. They're not far from home, so I definitely want to get out there when I can."
McLaurin has not yet scheduled a visit to Cincinnati, but he has been actively seeing other schools. Last Saturday he visited Ball State where he landed his third offer of the process, and on Tuesday he was in Bloomington to see the Indiana Hoosiers. Two more trips are scheduled over the next two days.
"[Friday] I will be going to Illinois and on Saturday I'll be going to Missouri," McLaurin said. "I've been hearing some really good things from those two schools and am excited to get on campus."
At Illinois, wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy has been McLaurin's primary contact and the two communicate regularly via Facebook.
"He actually knows one of the coaches on our staff and they know each other through Illinois football," McLaurin said. "We've built a good relationship and [this visit] has been a long time coming because their schedule and my schedule haven't quite meshed."
Going into Saturday's visit to Missouri, McLaurin is encouraged by the level of interest the Tigers have shown in him thus far.
"I have been talking to Coach [Alex] Grinch and he is sending me something about Missouri football almost every day," McLaurin said. "I think they are really interested in me and I like the way they run things. They are obviously in the SEC, so that is interesting for me. I'm really interested to see what they are about."
Besides Cincinnati and Ball State, the 6-foot, 175-pound McLaurin also holds scholarship offers from Purdue, Toledo and Western Kentucky.