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McLaughlin hopes camp effort helps

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Mauldin (S.C.) junior offensive tackle Jonathan McLaughlin arrived at Saturday's Rivals.com/VTO Sports Elite 100 in York, S.C., with two offers in hand.
After his performance during the event, it wouldn't be a surprise if that number grows sooner rather than later.
Before one of his knees began to hurt late in the camp, the 6-foot-5, 288-pounder was one of the few offensive linemen to have any sort of success against touted Bamberg-Ehrhardt (S.C.) strongside defensive end Martin Aiken.
McLaughlin's footwork and technique were solid, and he used his long arms well in controlling many challengers.
"I think I did good against[Aiken]," McLaughlin said. "I got my hands on him first a few times, which is big against him because of his explosiveness."
Thus far, McLaughlin has offers from East Carolina and Wake Forest. He has visited Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest.
"No one's in front right now," McLaughlin said.
The reason for that is obvious; McLaughlin is hoping more attention comes his way.
"Hopefully, that will happen in spring ball," he said.
McLaughlin will visit Clemson on Saturday to watch the Tigers' spring game. On April 16, he plans to check out Georgia Tech, another program that has shown some interest.
As for Saturday's experience, McLaughlin said the event was beneficial.
"I definitely got a little better," McLaughlin said. "I learned a lot of things."
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