OF NOTE: Enrolled at Virginia Tech in January after spending a semester at Fork Union Military Academy.
PREP SCHOOL: Rated as the No. 14 prep player in the country by Rivals … Ranked the No. 27 prep player in the country, the No. 3 prep offensive tackle and the No. 19 prep player in Virginia by 247Sports.
RANKINGS: Was listed as the No. 19 player in South Carolina by Rivals … Was rated the No. 69 offensive tackle in the country by Scout … Was ranked as the No. 96 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 24 player in his state by 247Sports … Was rated as the No. 92 offensive tackle in the country, the No. 372 player in his region and the No. 28 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
THE VITALS: Originally signed with East Carolina, but went to Fork Union Military Academy for a semester … Committed to the Hokies on December 20, 2012 … A Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas selection his senior year … Recruited by Shane Beamer.
PERSONAL: Born 10/27/93 in Greensboro, NC … Son of Jonathan, Sr., and Connie McLaughlin … Has a younger brother and an older sister … Contemplated major is business.
WHY HE CHOSE TECH: “I just liked the atmosphere there. I met with both Beamers, Coach Shane and Coach Frank, and Coach Frank Beamer flew down and saw my parents. I liked what they had to offer. There’s a chance for early playing time, and I’ll get a good education. I just wanted to be a part of the family.”