Bill Snyder has a history of making good use of pass catching Tight Ends. Andre McDonald could well be the latest in a long line of Wildcat success stories bringing a big target to the passing game for the new spread-option offense. Current stats put Andre at a stout 6'8" / 270, and by his words, and "the softest hands of any Tight End you'll see". All to the good, Andre. All to the good.
1. What about Kansas State first caught your eye?
"Kansas State was the first school to show interest. I camped up there and really got along well with Coach Prince and his staff. Everyone was just so friendly and helpful. Even outside of the football stuff, people in Manhattan are just nice and friendly and I like that a lot. That relationship continued with Coach Snyder and the new staff. It was about two weeks after the coaching change when they got in touch. I'll be honest, I had some questions. Did they still want me? Could I play for Coach Snyder? Those types of things. But the recruiting process didn't miss a beat with the new coaches. Also, I like the academics at KState. That's really important to me."
2. What was your deciding factor in committing to the Wildcats?
"Well, as I said, KState was the first to show interest. And it was really impressive how quickly they followed up with me after camp. That's on the last staff though. The new staff have been just as good though. The facilities at KState were also a big selling point for me to develop as a player."
3. What are three words that describe you as a person?
"RESPECTFUL, INTELLIGENT and TRUSTWORTHY. I take a lot of pride in having control of my life and making good decisions. I'm responsible for my own life."
4. What are three words that describe you as a football player?
"STRONG, ATHLETIC and SMART. You have to know the game, not just your own position. There's a lot to any one football play. I study everything, every position. It really helps when you know all the players moves and know where people are supposed to be and what to expect. It helps tremendously."
5. What is your favorite thing to do on the football field?
"Catch passes. Definitely. I was a blocking TE my first two years in high school, but this last year we opened up the offense a bit. I really do have the softest hands of any Tight End you're likely to see and I'm running a 4.7 right now. When I was being recruited by Coach Prince it was specifically for TE. The new staff have talked to me only about TE so far, so I am not sure if there would be a change once I am in the program. But I would like to stay at TE if possible."
6. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?
"Well, I'm really close to my girlfriend. She's wonderful. So I spend a lot of time with her. I'm playing baseball this spring and for that I pitch and play outfield. Other than that, I spend some time working on an old truck. It's been passed down from my dad, so it's really old. I tinker with it and do the mechanical things to keep it in good shape. I'm really an outdoors kind of guy. I just like being outside to hunt and fish. Lots of croppy down here in Oklahoma!"
7. If you don't go on to play in the NFL, what would you like to do?
"I want to be a sports trainer. I'm majoring in Sports Science/Med, so that goes together with that. It's really important for me to always be around sports. So perhaps after football I can do training at some level, maybe even with an NFL team if possible."
8. What are you most looking forward to in terms of playing for Kansas State?
"Really just further knowledge of the game. I'm looking forward to meeting and playing with guys from all over and just generally playing winning football with them at Kansas State."
9. What do you feel will be your biggest challenge in moving from high school to college?
"I think the workload will be the biggest adjustment. Managing my time and trying to have the same activities with school and sports."
10. Who is the one player on Kansas State's roster, or in your recruiting class, that you are most excited to be teammates with next season?
"Well, Jarrell Childs was my host, so I'm really looking forward to being teammates with him. He's a great guy. Tim Flanders is another guy I like. We might room together. We know each other a bit from playing down here in Oklahoma in our sophomore and junior years. Oh, and Lamark Brown as well."