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Irish offer Cali LB

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Notre Dame is one of just a couple schools to have already offered Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame linebacker Anthony McDonald. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound son of NFL player Mike McDonald is high on the Irish, could he commit soon?
"I picked up the offer from Notre Dame on Thursday," he said. "That's big. I've always liked Notre Dame because they are a powerhouse. It's a really big offer for me and I only hold one other one from Ole Miss.
"I'd say I'm definitely favoring Notre Dame. They've always had a great tradition and 11 national championships. They are the best all-around team and are a terrific school."
McDonald plans to visit South Bend in the near future and could decide on that trip.
"I'm going up there to watch spring ball on April 15th," he said. "If I really like it there I may commit. I can't say I'll do that right now, but Notre Dame is definitely standing out and showing me the most interest."
The junior linebacker's father played college at rival Southern Cal, is there a push for him to join the Trojans?
"My dad went to USC and he loved it," he said. "I know he'd love if I went there too. All his friends are calling him saying I need to go to USC. My dad isn't pushing me that hard though. He actually respects Notre Dame a lot since he knows they have a great program."
Plenty of schools are taking a look at McDonald, but what does he want out of a college?
"Mostly I'm just looking for a school I fit in with on defense," he said. "I want to play, although I understand I'll probably redshirt. As far as location, it doesn't matter to me I just want a great school."
Last season, the 2008 linebacker registered 101 tackles, 30 for loss, 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
"It was a great year for me," he said. "I made all-CIF and all-conference," he said. "I definitely improved on my reads. They were faster along with my speed and technique was better."
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