Justin McDonald has been working hard to impress college coaches and it looks like it his effort has paid off as UCF and Hawaii have offered. The outside linebacker/safety hybrid is happy FBS schools are starting to take notice.
McDonald said," It feels good you know. I felt like all my hard work is starting to pay off."
UCF wants the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder at strongside linebacker. He took an unofficial visit to Orlando for the Knights tough home loss against Missouri and enjoyed the environment.
McDonald noted, "The trip opened my eyes. I saw that they definitely have the talent. The crowd was going crazy. It was a great atmosphere."
Syracuse likes him at safety because he can cover receivers and is good in the open field. The Orange reached out in the spring and the Big East program was on the verge of offering, but he hasn't heard from the coaches this fall.
Right now UCF is recruiting him the hardest and although he is open to going out of state he prefers to play closer to home.
He likes the relationship he has with coach Allen Mogridge.
McDonald stated, "He is really cool. We have a lot in common and I can relate to him. I can see myself playing for him. He keeps it real with you."
Hawaii has offered teammate Eddie Jackson and the two have discussed playing in college together, but ultimately it will come down to the best fit for both of them.
He called LSU his dream offer because of the success that Patrick Peterson had during his time in Baton Rouge. Peterson is a local player that a lot of South Florida players look up to because of his success in college and in the NFL.
His cousin Maurice Rolle played safety at Louisiana-Lafayette and spent time with the Houston Texans.
The hard-hitting defender said he might take an official visit to the Big Island in December after the season.
He is focused on the season and is going to put recruiting on the back burner for now. McDonald's Cobras take on Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic this Friday in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs.