Bolingbrook's Tyler McLaurin is making it real easy for college football recruiters to want to offer him an opportunity to attend their schools.
McLaurin, a rapidly improving linebacker from the Class of 2021, continues to tack on Division I offers with regularity, adding an offer from Michigan State over the weekend and another from Michigan on Monday. That makes eight schools from power conferences that have already offered. It's a list that also includes Illinois, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Purdue, Indiana and Nebraska.
The number of offers will likely increase for the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder McLaurin, who continues to evolve as a player and isn't resting on the laurels of the offers he's already received.
"All I have to do is to prove myself a little bit more," McLaurin said. "I think this year I proved I can play sideline to sideline. I think now it's about can I play against some of the top-notch receivers in the state."
McLaurin is far from a specialist in football. He is also on the Bolingbrook basketball team that currently holds a 17-4 record and participates in track in the spring. He juggles those things deftly and feels that the diversity of his sports experience only helps him in the long run.
"I think it means a lot to me athletically," McLaurin said of his decision to not specialize in one sport. "It allows me to be more versatile as an athlete."
Even with that heavy duty calendar, McLaurin is still carving out time to work on the things he needs improve upon to become a more complete player.
"I spent a lot of time working on my foot speed and getting my reads down, paying more attention to detail," McLaurin said. "I thought as a sophomore I was a little softer on some of the things that would have made me a more well-rounded linebacker. I spent a lot of time on the fine tuning of my craft and making my self better."
McLaurin also has a network of contacts in the collegiate ranks of former Bolingbrook standouts, most notably Ohio State linebacker standout Tuf Borland, that he can reach out to for assistance in getting through the recruiting process.
"I've been in recent contact with him," McLaurin said of Borland. "He's been a mentor to me about how to handle myself, handle the big moments and how to handle recruiting."
McLaurin has also been taking care of the business he can all on his own. He currently carries a 4.2 grade point average and understands that his opportunity to play football may not last forever.
"My main thing is the academics. I have a 4.2 GPA and my main thing is not everyone makes it to the league," McLaurin said. "So the major thing is outside of college, you have to be able to do something."
McLaurin plans to major in computer science.
The recruiting process has been an enjoyable one for McLaurin thus far and he plans to ramp up his visit schedule in the spring.
"For the most part I've been enjoying it," McLaurin said. "And its crazy to think that I don't have to worry too much about college."
Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow isn't at all surprised with the level of interest the linebacker is receiving.
"He's got everything they look for," Ivlow said. "He can run. He understands the game and he's always in the right place. The biggest thing is the size. If you've got good film and good size you can play at the next level."
Howland adds another Big Ten offer
Joliet West running back Trent Howland added another Big Ten offer over the weekend.
Howland, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound power runner, added an offer from Minnesota to go along with his previous Big Ten offer from Purdue.
Howland ran for 1,550 yards and 17 total touchdowns in a breakout season for the Tigers as a junior.
JCA's Williams lands at South Dakota State
Joliet Catholic's Kenyetta Williams committed to South Dakota State over the weekend.
Williams, who missed his entire junior season with a torn ACL and torn meniscus, should provide a boon to the backfield for the Jackrabbits, an FBS level program.
Williams accounted for over 1,300 yards of total offense in his senior campaign and had 17 total touchdowns.