Recruiting Notes: Committed to Minnesota. Offers from Iowa, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
McDonald was clearly the best athlete on the field with the size, speed, and agility to be an elite receiver at the next level. He is extremely quick, able to change direction and burst to full speed within a couple steps, and has great vision when running with the ball.
He gains a lot of yards after the catch, usually making at least one defender miss him before being tackled, but he does need to work on ball security—he tends to hold the ball away from his body while running which led to one fumble in this game. He is also a tremendous threat in the red zone with his size and his ability to go up and get the ball.
With all his athletic ability, McDonald often looked like a man among boys, but in many ways he acts more like a boy playing in a man's game. He has all the physical tools necessary to be a great receiver, but seems to be a very "me first" type of player. He appeared to take plays off when the ball was going away from him, often jogging towards the cornerback with no sense of urgency and giving little effort to block him.
What was even more surprising, though, was how often he took himself out of the game completely. It seemed that every time either he made a catch, or was upset because he was open and thought the quarterback should have thrown the ball to him, he called for a substitute and headed for the sidelines—he was probably only on the field for about half his team's offensive plays. He is the most talented player on his team and he needs to be on the field a lot more in order for his team to score points and have a chance to win.