Each year, Andre McDonald looks forward to vacationing at a friend's cabin in rural Wisconsin. This year's trip might end up being the most important, however.
"We like to do it before football season," the 2012 wide receiver from Minnesota said. "I can clear my head. I've got a lot going on in there right now."
After verbally committing to the in-state Golden Gophers in early February, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Hopkins High (Minnetonka) re-opened his recruitment in late June. At that time, he said he was a "soft verbal" commitment to Minnesota.
McDonald has set a visit to Iowa after his vacation this week. He expected to be in Iowa City on Aug. 9-10.
"They've talked a lot about their winning tradition and putting guys in the NFL," McDonald said of the Hawkeyes. "For me, I want to see what the relationships are like between the players and the coaches. I'm excited to get down there and get a look."
With practice starting soon at Hopkins, McDonald said he didn't anticipate any more visits before the start of his season after he sees Iowa.
"There's a chance I could take some officials," he said. "I don't know. We'll see."
McDonald said he felt like he was coming closer to ending his recruitment.
"I was talking with my coach and we both thought it would be best if I did it before the season so it wouldn't be a distraction," McDonald said. "But I have to be sure that it feels right. I don't want to make a decision until I'm ready."
Scout.com ranks McDonald as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service views him as the 101st-rated receiver nationally in his class.
The Gophers beat out Iowa for another Minnesotan on Saturday when Blue Earth Offensive Tackle Jonah Pirsig chose to stay home instead of heading to the Hawkeyes or Wisconsin.
"Wow, I hadn't heard that," McDonald said on Sunday. "They're doing good in state. That's great and it's definitely something to pay attention to.
"But really, it's about what's best for each guy. I have to do what I feel is best for me and go where I feel most comfortable."
McDonald told the Minnesota coaches when re-opening his recruitment. The wide receiver said that the Gopher staff understood his position.
"We're still like that," McDonald said. "We're still talking and everything is good."
Here's a link to our previous story on McDonald when he re-opened his recruitment.