4-star-rated high school quarterback and new NC State football commit Aaron McLaughlin denied Friday that he had any interest in declaring for the NBA Draft.
McLaughlin, out of Denmark High School in Alpharetta, Georgia, assured Wolfpack fans that he had no interest in spurning NC State for any draft.
“I’m very excited to run with the Pack,” McLaughlin told reporters. “I know their basketball team has been left at the altar the last couple of years by top-flight recruits like Jalen Lecque and Josh Hall.”
“But not me, baby. Let it be known that I have every intention of being in Raleigh for the Fall of 2021.”
NC State Head Football Coach Dave Doeren applauded McLaughlin’s commitment to the program.
“Our fan base has suffered enough, from basketball recruits going pro to three-star studs flipping over to Mack Brown in Chapel Hill,” Doeren said.
“McLaughlin’s decision to put his hands in the dirt with the Wolfpack is the shot in the arm our program needs.”
NC State Head Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts echoed Doeren’s sentiment.
“I’ve had my heart broken enough times the last couple years,” Keatts said. “So I was ecstatic for Doeren that he landed a 4-star quarterback who isn’t just going to declare for the NBA Draft.”
“I mean, McLaughlin is 6’5″, and he has a 36-inch vertical, so if he wanted to go to the NBA, well, maybe he could.”
With McLaughlin in tow, Wolfpack fans are now hoping other high school recruits follow him onto the gridiron.