Rising Star, OL/DL Isaiah McLaurin, Einstein Middle School (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Isaiah McLaurin is a 5’9, 270 lb, versatile lineman from the class of 2028. Isaiah’s brute strength and agile feet allow him to excel on both sides of the ball. His success does not stop on the field, as he shows a 3.1 GPA, and is a bass drummer in his schools band. Isaiah mainly showed his dominance on the offensive line this year, recording 17 pancake blocks with 5 of them leading to touchdowns. Isaiah tries to emulate Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner, and if you watch Isaiah play, you can see the film study is paying off. He is dawg of a young man, who shows lots of promise playing in the trenches.

What made you love the game of football?

The way it sets you up for anything in life. Knowing it can help me get into college, inspires me to push harder in every aspect of my life.

What is your favorite school subject?

I would have to say math.

What is your favorite personal highlight from playing football?

Just helping my teammates when they need it the most.

What is something football has taught you?

It has taught me to be a respectful and confident young man.
Isaiah McLaurin creating a hole for his running back Ty Simpson

What is your dream college to play for?

Either Jackson State or LSU.

What did it mean to be able to play in the 2023 Gridiron Football All- American Bowl for Junior High?

It helped me learn more about respect. A lot of people didn’t make the cut for the game, so it really felt like a dream for me to be able to play in it.

Any pre game rituals?

I watch highlights of my favorite guard, Trai Turner.

What about your game stands out?

My aggressiveness and will to win.