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Denton Ryan’s Ken McLaurin is a 6-4, 275-pound three-star defensive end, who is already a highly sought after senior.

Currently, McLaurin holds offers from Central Arkansas, Colorado State, Illinois, Nevada, Toledo and Texas State. Other universities that are interested in him are Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, SMU, TCU, UCLA and Tulsa.

As you can see, his list of schools to choose from is already pretty large and only expects to grow during his senior season.


Denton Ryan is in the beginning stages of creating a tradition of sending star players to play at the next level. Two players who also hail from Denton Ryan are former Florida Gator Jarvis Moss and current Oakland Raiders defender Mario Edwards, who played at Florida State university.

Along with McLaurin, there are three other players who are starting to gain attention as part of the 2017 recruiting class.

McLaurin is ranked 87th on SportDay’s top 100 list of the 2016 recruitment class.

He moves deceptively quickly for a big man, posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.87 seconds. Despite seeing double teams more times than not, he is still able to break through the offensive line to disturb the play or even stop the play himself.

In 2014, he collected 58 tackles, including 12 sacks, with 23 of his tackles resulting in a loss for the offense. He has also spent some time getting offensive snaps, as he plays tight end in jumbo packages for Denton.

When asked what areas of the game he is working on improving, he said he was working on getting his pad level down correctly as well as his strength.

Already a forced to be reckoned with, if he improves those two areas, that may be a scary sight for everyone else. I wouldn’t be surprised if more offers come his way sooner than later.

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Jeff Cerda is the founder and editor at Heel/Face Wrestling, and is also a reporter for Texas Redzone Report, Bobcats Insider and FightScribe.com.

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