Signee Spotlight: Andre McDonald

GoldenSports.net highlights Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins wide receiver Andre McDonald.

Profile: Andre McDonald
Size: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn.
School: Hopkins
Position: Wide Receiver
Committed: January 26, 2012

Prep Career Highlights:

McDonald snagged 60 receptions for 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, he recorded 64 receptions for 1,144 yards and 19 scores in 2010. He finished his prep career with 138 catches for 2,699 yards and 39 scores. McDonald was a two-time Associated Press All-State selection and a two-time All-Lakes Conference selection.

Coach Matt Limegrover's Take:

"If you scrape away all the layers of what Andre is about and everything that has been publicized, he's a young man that works really hard at his craft. He's a guy that, when he came to our camp, he was a highly touted recruit. He was a guy who had no reason to come to camp. He came and he competed and went after it.

"He'd go one-on-one with guys and if they got him, he'd come back and want to beat them the next time. He ran routes. He did everything he should because he loves the game. He has some other qualities that I think are going to help him as far as his confidence goes. Cut those layers away and he's an outstanding talent because he's worked very hard at his craft."

Live Evaluation:

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.

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