Back in September 2013 four-star guard JaQuori McLaughlin verbally committed to Oregon State as a high school sophomore, only to reopen his recruitment a few months later following the firing of then-head coach Craig Robinson. Two years later, McLaughlin has decided that Corvallis is the place for him after all, as on Friday he verbally committed to Wayne Tinkle’s program.
McLaughlin (Gig Harbor, Washington), who committed to Washington last November before reopening his recruitment in the spring, also considered Utah and Washington as options this time around.
The 6-foot-4 lefty can play either on or off the ball, which should mesh well with the guards Oregon State will have when he arrives on campus (Stephen Thompson Jr., Derrick Bruce, Kendal Manuel and Malcolm Duvivier among those players). And with his length and athleticism, McLaughlin could potentially have an impact for the Beavers defensively as well.
With Oregon State due to lose Gary Payton II, who was Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, adding McLaughlin is an important move for the program. McLaughlin is Oregon State’s second commitment in the Class of 2016, joining three-star power forward Ben Kone’.
Former Washington commit focusing on three schools
The recruiting process has been an interesting one for four-star combo guard JaQuori McLaughlin, one of the top prospects on the west coast. The Washington native has committed to schools on two separate occasions, only to reopen his recruitment in both instances.
The three schools are Oregon State, which has worked its way back into the mix, Utah and Wisconsin. McLaughlin, who visited Oregon State the first weekend of the month, took a visit to Utah last weekend and this weekend he’ll be visiting Wisconsin. According to the Salt Lake Tribune McLaughlin could make his college decision at some point this fall (late September or early October).
While Oregon State added some youth to its perimeter, most notably Stephen Thompson Jr., the Beavers will lose guards Gary Payton II and Langston Morris-Walker at the end of the 2015-16 season (and Malcolm Duvivier is entering his junior season). Utah will also lose multiple seniors from its backcourt at the end of the upcoming campaign, with Brandon Taylor and Dakarai Tucker being two of the team’s three scholarship seniors (small forward Jordan Loveridge being the other).
As for Wisconsin the Badgers may not have a scholarship senior in its perimeter rotation, but there is a need for another player for the future with Bronson Keonig and Zak Showalter both being juniors.
In late July it was reported that McLaughlin had trimmed his list to five, with Washington and Gonzaga joining Oregon State, Utah and Wisconsin.
Less than six months after he verbally committed to remain in state and play at Washington, four-star guard JaQuori McLaughlin (Gig Harbor, Washington) announced in mid-May that he was reopening his recruitment. With the ability to play either on or off the ball, the 6-foot-3 McLaughlin has received a substantial amount of attention throughout the summer.
Also being considered by McLaughlin are Oregon State, Utah, Wisconsin and Gonzaga, with visits to Corvallis, Salt Lake City and Madison already scheduled. According to the report McLaughlin will first visit Oregon State the weekend of September 4, with trips to Utah and Wisconsin set for the next two weekends.
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Four-star Class of 2016 guard decommits from Washington
The Huskies have lost multiple players to transfer or dismissal over the last 12 months and losing a top-100 recruiting in a future class is another bad sign for head coach Lorenzo Romar. On the positive side, McLaughlin is still considering Washington, according to a report from Scout.com’s Josh Gershon, but he wants to see other schools and re-evaluate his stance.
The native of Gig Harbor, Washington should see his recruiting attention pick up now that he’s opened things back up.
Now that McLaughlin has put himself back on the market, the Huskies don’t have a commitment for the Class of 2016 after landing seven players in a highly-touted Class of 2015.
Four-star 2016 combo guard verbally commits to Washington
With five high school seniors and one junior college sophomore putting their pledges in writing during the early signing period, Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and his staff has successfully put together a class that’s rated among the best in the country by many of the major scouting services. With the 2015 recruiting class taken care of the next step for Washington is to focus on their 2016 targets, and Saturday evening the Huskies received their first verbal pledge in that class.
Four-star 6-foot-3 combo guard JaQuori McLaughlin, a native of Gig Harbor, Washington who grew up watching Romar’s program, announced his decision to become a Husky according to Scout.com. And in discussing his decision with Scout’s Josh Gershon, McLaughlin cited his relationship with Romar as one of the reasons why he decided to commit to Washington.
“The first reason is coach Romar; the relationship I built with him in recruiting is great,” McLaughlin said. “We talk every day and that made me very comfortable with him and the coaching staff.”
With Andrew Andrews being a junior and Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson being sophomores, Washington won’t lack for experience when their 2015 perimeter recruits arrive on campus. And given the eligibility remaining for their current players, landing a talented guard in the 2016 class helps moving forward.