Profile: Blake McDonald
Position: Offensive Lineman
Location: Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA over offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State.
Positional Rating: No. 4 OT in California, No. 8 OT in the West, No. 42 OT nationally.
The Scouting Report: McDonald is among the most physical linemen in the area. He's strong at the point of attack, a road grader as a run blocker and plays through the whistle. He's a strong kid, moves well and plays with a mean streak. He can play both offensive tackle and guard and likely projects inside in college. -Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst.
Overall Analysis: More than any positional unit in this class, UCLA needs offensive linemen. They need several and they need talent. McDonald is the first commitment in the 2018 class on the offensive side of the ball and the first lineman to commit to new offensive line coach Hank Fraley as well in this class. He's a versatile lineman, able to play tackle or guard, but we think he slides inside in college. He's similar to Andre James in size and skill set at the same stage, and James has played both tackle in guard already. Getting a lineman early is big as well as getting one from Cal's backyard and a target of the Bears. In fact, he's the type of lineman that new Cal OL coach Steve Greatwood loved when he was at Oregon, so this is a nice get for Fraley to beat Cal for a NorCal lineman. McDonald has also played against stiff competition in his prep career- the East Bay Athletic League is widely considered the top league in Northern California and SRV plays De La Salle yearly, so McDonald routinely goes against good competition each week. We liked what we saw from McDonald at the Under Armour Camp in February in Southern California against a very good crop of defensive lineman. That weekend he actually visited UCLA unofficially and met Fraley for the first time as well as with Angus McClure, who laid the ground work for McDonald's recruitment. And then this weekend, on a second unofficial visit, McDonald popped for the Bruins. We'll see him again next month at The Opening Oakland, where he actually did well a year ago as an underclassmen. This is a good pickup for the Bruins, who need athletic and physical linemen in this class.
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