• Attention: Register today to view CanesInSight Ad-Free for 7 days.

McLaughlin leverages high upside into third UM visit in two months

McLaughlin leverages high upside into third UM visit in two months

Stefan Adams
There might not be a more intriguing prospect that the Miami Hurricanes are after in the 2021 class than Michael McLaughlin.

For one, although he is a current Florida resident, he is a complete novice when it comes to the South Florida area. After playing his sophomore season at Danville High up in Indiana, McLaughlin recently made the move to South Florida in late May and enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland.

“My sophomore season at Danville in Indiana went really well, I was our starting defensive end and last year was when I was able to make the adjustment from JV to Varsity and got used to the increase in the speed of the game,” McLaughlin said. “We had a relatively inexperienced team, but it was a great season and we got after it day after day at practice.”

The 6-8, 255 pound defensive end and tight end was still looking for his first college offer, but, in early June, he nabbed a scholarship in an unexpected way. While he was attending a Manny Diaz camp and participating in 7-on-7 play as a tight end with his team, OL coach Butch Barry pulled him aside and asked him to workout with the offensive linemen in OL/DL drills. Soon after, he had an offer from the Hurricanes as an offensive lineman.

“When I initially got my offer, it was just kind of hard to comprehend because of how I went from a tight end with no looks in Indiana to receiving an offer for a position I’ve never played from one of the most elite schools in the nation,” McLaughlin said. “I found out after the camp when coach Barry pulled me aside for some individual drills and had a conversation with me afterwards.”

Now that the initial groundwork was beginning to be laid in McLaughlin’s relationship with UM, it didn’t take long for him to decide he was ready to build upon that foundation. Two weeks after his offer, McLaughlin returned to Miami’s campus for the Canes’ premier recruiting event, Paradise Camp.

“I really enjoyed Paradise Camp, it was a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best to play the game,” McLaughlin said. “I loved the competition and I feel like I showed Coach Barry that I had been working hard to improve at my new position… The transition to offensive line has gone very well, I feel like I’m improving every day at practice.”

McLaughlin has now gotten a chance to be coached up by Barry twice in the past two months, and he is already noticing the attention to detail and infectious attitude that the Miami OL coach brings to the field. As a long and athletic talent with room to grow into his frame, McLaughlin perfectly fits the mold of offensive tackle that Barry is targeting to bring into the program.

“When it comes to coach Barry’s coaching, the thing that stands out to me is his energy,” McLaughlin said. “He’s very involved in every single drill and is very enthusiastic about his job.”

Earlier this week during Monday’s fall camp session in Coral Gables, McLaughlin made his third trip to campus and got to witness firsthand how UM and coach Barry conduct a college practice on the offensive line.

“When I was watching Miami’s practice this week, I got a glimpse of what high-level college football is like behind the scenes, and I love how everyone was working hard and not taking any plays off,” he said.

Now that he’s had multiple opportunities to get a feel for the program, what are McLaughlin’s impressions of Miami so far?

“I love the atmosphere at Miami,” McLaughlin said. “All the coaches are very involved during practice, everything’s moving very efficiently, and everybody’s getting after it. I really appreciate the potential that coach Barry sees in me, so Miami is definitely high on my list… So far, what Miami has shown me really has me feeling good about this opportunity.”

While he does not have any other visits scheduled at the moment, McLaughlin is returning from North Florida visits to both UF and FSU last weekend. McLaughlin also recently received his second offer from the Seminoles.

With McLaughlin’s main emphasis on improving his game, recruiting will be on the back burner as he prepares to start his career at right tackle for Stoneman Douglas in 2019. He is in no rush to make a quick decision, and plans to let the recruiting process play out before locking in with a program.

“I do not have a decision timetable right now, my current focus is my upcoming junior season,” McLaughlin said. “And as far as a commitment goes, when I commit to a school, I don’t want to become one of the athletes that decommits. So, until then, I’m going to keep my options open so I will be able to make a fully informed decision that I feel will be the best for me.”

 

Comments (35)

As @gogeta4 mentioned, this kids recruitment is really going to heat up once the big schools like St. Thomas, Cardinal Gibbons, American Heritage, etc come calling to recruit him for the respect my decision SFL senior year transfer. Or even dare I say the Bradenton, fl big bad wolf "IMG".

But for now I am glad he is spending his time visiting UM multiple times.

Go Canes
 
Last edited:
As @gogeta4 mentioned, this kids recruitment is really going to heat up once the big schools like St. Thomas, Cardinal Gibbons, American Heritage, etc come calling to recruit him for the respect my decision SFL senior year transfer. Or even dare I say the Bradenton, fl big bad wolf "IMG".

But for now I am glad he is spending his time visiting UM multiple times.

Go Canes
I doubt he transfers.
 
Slick willie using our evals again i see

ROFL, "the turnover purse" hopefully that corny azz shat is still in full affect come next season, last year was one of my favorite UM-Fsu games of all time, them mofo's thought they had it, all that's left to do now is, come this year, i just want somebody to blast the hell outta that tooth pick(dj matthews) that sliced us up last year GOAT style:

 
NO one ever forgets their first date.
Mac saw what Coach Barry was all about. He got a taste.
Now all we have to do is grow the passion for our U, and he should be part of our long term plan.
Great recognition of talent.
 
I doubt he transfers.

What makes you say that, making the 35 minute drive to ST Thomas or 20 minutes to American Heritage for much better technical coaching especially for a olinemen could be very beneficial for the young man.

Go Canes
 
What makes you say that, making the 35 minute drive to ST Thomas or 20 minutes to American Heritage for much better technical coaching especially for a olinemen could be very beneficial for the young man.

Go Canes
If his parents moved from Indiana to parkland I’m almost positive his high school had a lot to do with where they moved. Parkland gets a lot of transplants that want to come to sofla for weather and water and also get some of the best rated schools. Parkland isn’t cheap so I’m sure the family isn’t struggling and likely are professionals.
I’m not talking about bags. I’m talking about the education component. A lot of people from all over this country have moved to parkland specifically cause of their schools. I live close by and have friends that live there.
 
So he changed his position because of Barry. Great he has two years to learn how to play OT before he arrives at the U.
 
If his parents moved from Indiana to parkland I’m almost positive his high school had a lot to do with where they moved. Parkland gets a lot of transplants that want to come to sofla for weather and water and also get some of the best rated schools. Parkland isn’t cheap so I’m sure the family isn’t struggling and likely are professionals.
I’m not talking about bags. I’m talking about the education component. A lot of people from all over this country have moved to parkland specifically cause of their schools. I live close by and have friends that live there.

All that sounds good....until the powerhouse of St Thomas Aquinas comes in...if they really want him...he aint staying at Douglas.
 
If his parents moved from Indiana to parkland I’m almost positive his high school had a lot to do with where they moved. Parkland gets a lot of transplants that want to come to sofla for weather and water and also get some of the best rated schools. Parkland isn’t cheap so I’m sure the family isn’t struggling and likely are professionals.
I’m not talking about bags. I’m talking about the education component. A lot of people from all over this country have moved to parkland specifically cause of their schools. I live close by and have friends that live there.

Sports withstanding, Parkland public schools academics can't touch STA, AH, and those other private schools. Not to mention if his parents are professionals then they will definitely be on board with their kid getting a private school education and networking connections with kids that come from means.

American Heritage Tuition is $38K a year an is a 20 minute drive from Parkland, FL

ST Thomas Aquinas is $12,600 a year an is 35 minute drive from Parkland,FL

Them boys look hunger (like they need a sandwhich)
vs
Whole other level
State Championship Game 2018

Go Canes
 
Last edited:
Sports withstanding, Parkland public schools academics can't touch STA, AH, and those other private schools. Not to mention if his parents are professionals then they will definitely be on board with their kid getting a private school education and networking connections with kids that come from means.

American Heritage Tuition is $38K a year an is a 20 minute drive from Parkland, FL

ST Thomas Aquinas is $12,600 a year an is 35 minute drive from Parkland,FL

Them boys look hunger (like they need a sandwhich)
vs
Whole other level
State Championship Game 2018

Go Canes
I am well aware. However I’m pretty sure the parents are likely aware of that too. But it’s just my opinion and I see where you’re coming from.
 

2022 Commits

WR
6'2"
185
Nashville, TN
CB
6'0"
160
Lexington, MS
QB
6'4"
205
Valdosta, GA
CB
6'1"
175
Fort Myers, FL
WR
6'1"
185
Mandeville, LA
MLB
6'1"
210
Manvel, TX
OT
6'7"
275
Sandersville, GA

Latest Predictions

by ajone228
High
by Canedog
Medium
by Canedog
Certain
by Umbra
Medium
by Canes2082
High
09/04 @
ALA
09/11 vs
APP
09/18 vs
MSU
09/25 vs
CCSU
09/30 vs
UVA
10/16 @
UNC
10/23 vs
NCST
10/30 @
PITT
11/06 vs
GT
11/13 @
FSU
11/20 vs
VT
11/27 @
DUKE
Top