Jacksonville linebacker Clinton McDonald gets it.
He knows that his performance this week at Houston Nutt's football camp could go along way in deciding whether he gets an scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas.
"The camp has been good so far and I think I've done pretty well," McDonald said. "I've just got to keep getting after it. I've just got to keep showing them the game that not many people have gotten to see since I am from Jacksonville and we don't get very much publicity."
McDonald is a 6-3, 240-pound standout who had 115 tackles last season, including 66 solo stops and 5 sacks. He boasts a 365 pound bench press and a 42-inch vertical that he put on display while knocking down passes in camp games on Monday night.
"I didn't really get a lot of hype during my sophomore year, but thought I had a pretty good junior season and just want to make sure I keep that momentum going," McDonald said. "I don't want to act like they are begging for me to come through the door, but they have made me feel pretty special and have shown a lot of interest in me and I am honored by that."
McDonald, whose older brother Clayton started at linebacker as a true freshman for Mississippi Valley State this season , saw his stock began to rise with Arkansas when the Razorback coaching staff got a chance to see him in person after the FCA combine in Little Rock on May 1.
"Before the FCA combine I was getting a few letters, but after that I started getting a lot," McDonald said. "I didn't think I did as much as everybody else seems to, but I guess the coaches saw something in me they liked and it just took off after then."
McDonald doesn't have any offers yet, but has begun to hear from Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Rice and Arkansas State.
"We had a whole bunch of good players, but we didn't come together as a team," McDonald said.
McDonald, who ran a 4.6 40-yard dash on Sunday night, likes playing in the middle more than one of the outside spots.
"I like being in the middle more," McDonald said. "You may take more of a pounding in there, but there is a whole lot of action. It is all downhill and playing contact and I enjoy the contact."
He loves what he is finding in Fayetteville.
"This is the second time I have been up here," McDonald said. "It is real nice, first class all the way with great facilities and great coaches. They know how to do their job and they don't try to make you into something you are not."
McDonald knows this is is his best to shot to win Arkansas' coaches over.
"I think it is a good opportunity for me," McDonald said. "I am just trying to come up here and do a good job and show them what type of player and person I am."
McDonald hoping to make big impression
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