The academics are tough and Donaldson decided to focus on those this year instead of football.
"Kirk is really doing well right now. He is working hard, he is dedicated, and he really has his priorities in order," said Davidson Day School Head Coach Chad Grier.
Donaldson misses football, but he knows what has to be done.
"It has been hard watching the games, but I have been OK with it. I will be ready for a big year as a senior," Donaldson said.
He had a big year as a sophomore and that led to some early attention.
The 6-foot-3, 250 pound junior is versatile and he could play a number of different positions on the next level. Coach Grier thinks that could draw him a lot of attention.
"I really do not know where he will play in college. He can do so many things, he has the size to play multiple positions, and he could be used as a tight end, an H-Back, or a defensive lineman. He has good size now and he is still growing," said Grier.
If things go as planned and play out the way Donaldson would like for them too, he would end up playing for a school located one state below him.
"I have always loved Clemson," Donaldson said. "They have been my favorite for a long time and if they offered me, it would be hard for me not to go there.