In fact, according to McLaughlin, that meeting with O'Brien told him everything.
"He explained how B.C. is going uphill," McLaughlin told EagleInsider.com on Thursday. "We're playing a lot of great teams… we're getting all new facilities when my class comes in."
"I really liked him as a person a lot."
O'Brien should also be happy. After rounding up a solid recruiting class for next season, he has gotten off to a good start in the recruiting game by snagging McLaughlin as the university's first commit for the Class of 2009.
Although he has yet to begin his senior year, the 6-2, 245 McLaughlin turned heads in 2003 with 95 tackles, and five fumble recoveries. He should help bolster the Eagles' defense in two seasons when B.C. sees its first competition in the ACC.
"Once I heard [B.C.] was going to the ACC, that was huge," said McLaughlin. "It gets the blood flowing— that's for sure."
Another appeal of B.C. was O'Brien's most recent top recruit, linebacker Brian Toal. The commitment by Toal to attend Boston College has only given McLaughlin more reason to be excited to play with his new teammates.
"To get guys like that, that's what we're going to need to play in the ACC," said McLaughlin. "Guys like that are big names. B.C. [already has] big names— but now they're recruiting big time around the country. It's good for the program."
Expect to see McLaughlin's Romanowski-style intensity at the heights in 2005. But until then, he looks to constantly improve on his flexibility and focus on bringing his high school a championship.
For O'Brien, McLaughlin is the first name on what he hopes to be another top list of recruits.