Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. This week’s guest is former Ohio State wide receiver and Buckeyes captain Terry McLaurin, who just finished up a spectacular rookie season with the Washington Redskins.
There may not be a statue of Terry McLaurin outside of Ohio Stadium as Urban Meyer once suggested. But the former Buckeyes receiver and captain became a larger-than-life figure in his final few seasons at Ohio State.
A special teams ace, McLaurin earned his stripes with the Buckeyes year after year. He fought to earn a scholarship in the summer of 2013, then fought his way up the depth chart at Ohio State for five years and did so without complaints despite catching just 75 passes throughout his Buckeyes career.
Selfless, helpful and team-driven, McLaurin wanted to lead, and lead he did.
“To be honest, I don’t really care [whether it’s a catch or special teams play],” McLaurin said during his senior season. “You’ve got a fifth-year guy, a senior, you want to be able to do everything. I made some plays on the perimeter blocking, I’ve made some plays through the air and I’ve made some plays on special teams.
“I pride myself on being a leader for this team, making plays when we need it, no matter how tired I am.”
Since his departure from Ohio State, McLaurin has been tiring out NFL defensive backs. He quickly became the No. 1 receiver for the Washington Redskins, where he’s teamed up with former Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins. In his first year as a professional, McLaurin was named to a number of All-Rookie teams, honors he earned after collecting 58 receptions for 919 yards and seven touchdowns.
A fan favorite, a coach favorite and media favorite, McLaurin took time to talk about his time at Ohio State, his recruitment, his success in the NFL, the quarterbacks he played with while in Columbus and a whole lot more on the latest edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.