"I think I will end up making a decision [Monday]," he said Sunday night. "I kind of have an idea where I will go but I want to sleep on it and talk about it with my parents."
McDonald's most recent visit was to North Carolina last Wednesday, and although coach Larry Fedora was not on campus, the two were able to speak.
"He's a great guy and with the new coaching staff, it seems like he wants to do big things," McDonald said. "It's very nice there."
Virginia and North Carolina are recruiting McDonald to play either tackle or guard, while Boston College likes him at tackle.
"I don't care which position I play," he said. "It doesn't matter."
In assessing North Carolina and Virginia, McDonald pointed to many similarities.
"They're beautiful campuses and the facilities are nice at all three schools," he said. "The academics are unbelievable, and that is very important to me in making a decision."
For a while it appeared Virginia held the lead in McDonald's recruitment, and he spoke about his relationship with the staff, particularly associate head coach Jim Reid and offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim.
"I talk to coach Reid all the time and coach Wach all the time," McDonald said. "I spoke to coach (Mike) London on the phone and he seems like a great guy and like he is bringing the program back to where it was and bringing the program to right level."
The allure of Boston College is the proximity to his home.
"With it being so close, family can come to watch all the games and right now it is home," McDonald said. "Those are good things and I'm still considering them."