“He showed up wearing Yeezys, that’s one thing,” McLaughlin said, referring to the line of sneakers created by Adidas in collaboration with Kanye West.
He liked, too, that he is a lot looser than most offensive line coaches but in a meeting or practice setting can be all business.
“He can flip the switch,” McLaughlin said. “Not a lot of coaches can do that.”
He liked, too, getting to know the offensive linemen that he met, including his host Jack DeFoor.
“I wasn’t with that many offensive linemen, but I liked the way they acted,” he said. “They weren’t pretentious and they were confident, but they weren’t prideful.”
McLaughlin had questions about where things stood as Tech is making a coaching transition and liked what he heard there, too. He appreciated that Key was interested in knowing what McLaughlin thought was lacking that could make the team better. He said Key told him that he had personally fund-raised from former teammates to purchase additional practice equipment.
“They’re really trying to improve and they’re not like some schools, just stagnating,” he said. “They have money but they don’t spend it on the best things. GT is very utilitarian and they have everything that’s necessary.”
Given that he’s also considering Iowa and Stanford, among others, Tech’s location is a plus, and the academics are a match for someone who said that he doesn’t want to pick a school “where you’re just a football player.”
McLaughlin is not in a rush to make a decision, but he’d like to make his commitment before his senior season begins.
“From what I hear from a lot of people, it’s whenever you feel like it’s right,” McLaughlin said.
Whatever happens, Tech figures to be in the mix.
After the visit to Atlanta, “I feel a lot more confident,” he said.