"Also I like the idea that my family can come and see every home game and I can visit them more often than I could if I went anywhere else."
Andre, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver, selected Minnesota over a verbal scholarship offer from Iowa and interest from Iowa State, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
"He was surprised and very excited," McDonald explained when asked how his new head coach responded to the news. "He said he was really looking forward to helping me get to where I want to be in life and also help me become the best football player and person I can be."
The verbal commitment to the home-state Gophers was special for the entire McDonald family—who accompanied Andre on his visit to Minnesota this weekend.
"My mom was very excited for me and my step dad was very happy for me too," McDonald said. "They were even more happy with the fact that I will be close enough for them to see me play in person."
With coach Kill's commitment to keeping the Minnesota high school prospects instate—he already has some extra help on the recruiting trail.
"Charles [Webb] is my guy—he is one of the kids I am going to try to get to come with and also I got to know Philip Nelson really well today and I would love it if he was my quarterback at the U. I would also really love to see one of my teammates [Tavaughn Blair] start to get interest there because I feel like he would be a good fit at the U. The coaches asked me about him today."
What is the newest Golden Gopher commit most looking forward to at Minnesota?
"I really just want to be a part of the uprising of Minnesota Gophers football," McDonald said. "That's the thing I'm looking forward to the most."