Aaron Mclaughlin may only be an eighth grader, but that hasn’t stopped him from racking up Division I scholarship offers.
On Tuesday, Maryland became the latest program to offer the 2021 quarterback. Mclaughlin isn’t set to join the high school ranks until this coming fall.
The incoming Buford (Ga.) quarterback already has offers from Indiana, Missouri, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and UCLA. Georgia, Michigan, and USC are all interested in Mclaughlin as well.
According to 247Sports, Mclaughlin is listed as a pro-style quarterback. Other than Maryland, UCLA was the most recent school to offer as they did so on April 8.
According to Ahmed Ghafir of InsideMDSports, offensive coordinator Walt Bell stopped in to see the very talented freshman-to-be. Mclaughlin currently has two Crystal Ball predictions that both forecast him to his home state Bulldogs.
In D.J. Durkin’s first two recruiting classes, he brought on at least one signal caller.
In the 2016 class, the Terps secured Max Bortenschlager and Tyrrell Pigrome. Four-star quarterback Kasim Hill came to College Park in the 2017 recruiting class.
While it’s early for the 2018 group, Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.) quarterback Tyler DeSue is pledged to Maryland.
Maryland currently has multiple options under center for the next few seasons.
North Carolina transfer Caleb Henderson, Hill, and Pigrome will be battling it out for the starting job. Pigrome turned in a solid outing in last month’s Red-White Spring Game, but Henderson was unable to play due to a minor ankle injury.
Hill has a tremendous pedigree but won’t arrive until the summer. The former St. John’s College (D.C.) standout is likely the future of the program, but he may not see the field much in 2017.