Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic three-star outside linebacker Isaac McDonald has been looking for a new home since he and Clemson parted ways earlier this summer. On Saturday, he made it official that he had found his new home.
"I did commit to West Virginia," McDonald said.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound defender talked about how he came to his decision to become a Mountaineer.
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"I thought Clemson was the school for me but as time went on I told my coach that I guess it was faith (that things changed)," McDonald said. "I had a dream last night about me and my grandma and I guess that is when I finally made my decision."
McDonald admits he had been leaning to West Virginia for a while.
"I've had a vibe," McDonald said of the Mountaineers. "I really thought about it. When I was with Team USA (in Austin, Texas) I really thought about it heavy, really, really heavy.
"It took a lot of thinking," McDonald added.
A big reason why McDonald will play his college football in Morgantown is his relationship with assistant coach Robert Gillespie.
"I call Coach Gillespie more than any other coach that I have a relationship with," McDonald said. "We got close as time went on. He made it clear to me that West Virginia would be the school for me."
The versatile defender talked about his role in the defense at West Virginia when he arrives on campus next summer.
"Defensively I will play safety," McDonald said. "They say they like how I play. I really remind them of Robert Sands."
McDonald opted for the Mountaineers without having had a chance to make it onto their campus. He intends to visit this coming football season.
"I am going on an official visit when the season starts," McDonald said. "I know I will go to a rivalry game or one of the big games."
The recruiting process is now concluded for McDonald.
"I am done," McDonald said.