Corning's Big Mac

Corning's Jake McDonald (6-3, 285, 5.0), who will see University of Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton at one of his spring practices this week, is among a plethora of 2009 in-state offensive line prospects that the University of Arkansas is evaluating.

There are several offensive line prospects in Arkansas in the 2009 class with a chance to get a scholarship, but the most buzz right now may be about a previously little known one in Northeast Arkansas.

That would be Corning's Jake McDonald (6-3, 285, 5.0), who will get a visit from University of Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton this week.

"Arkansas is coming to watch our spring practice this week and they have let me know that they want me to come up for their camp (on July 19)," McDonald said. "Arkansas is where I want to go to college and play football."

This follows up the Razorbacks' interest in the young man after his highlight tape arrived, word got out about his solid 40-yard dash time at the Southern Regional and his invitation to and attendance at Arkansas' Junior Day on April 26.

"I had a great time," McDonald said. "We got a chance to meet and talk with the coaches, look over the facilities and the weight room and then watched the spring game. It really got me fired up about things."

McDonald does not have any offers yet, but Memphis, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, UCA and Arkansas Tech join the Razorbacks in showing interest.

That is no doubt in part because McDonald bench presses 405 pounds and also has some strong legs.

"We don't max out on our squats, but I squat 500 with two sets of 15 when we are working out," McDonald said.

Corning head coach Mark Smith says McDonald is the real deal.

"He is a definite Division I football player," Smith said. "He is big enough, certainly strong enough and he just gets it done on the football field. He just dominates his man. I think he can play on both sides of the ball, but most are looking at him on offense."

Corning was 10-1 last season with McDonald leading a ground-oriented attack.

"We had a big line and we really would just line up and run over folks," McDonald said. "We didn't really do much passing although we have thrown the ball a little more in spring practice and will do that some more this year."

McDonald plans to have a busy summer.

"I'm going to the Arkansas camp and I am also going to Arkansas State's camp on June 12-14, then on to Memphis for a one-day camp and then on to UCA and Ole Miss for camps," McDonald said. "I am going to use this to get better. I feel pretty strong about my run blocking, but there is always room for improvement."





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