McDonald talks Navy camp, recruiting

Mikey McDonald had a good one-day camp in Annapolis that could very well position him for an offer from the Midshipmen staff. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker, whose father played high school football with Ken Niumatalolo, plays at Benedictine College Preparatory, a private military school in Richmond, Va.

"I thought the camp went pretty well," McDonald told GoMids.com. "We worked on basic fundamentals and did some different type of drills. I received some positive feedback from Coach Pehrson, who recruits Virginia, and Coach Niumatalolo.

"Navy has been showing me some interest. I feel like I'd be a good fit in their defensive scheme. The Naval Academy has such great history and tradition it would be stupid not to go to the camp and show them what I can do."

McDonald has also camped at N.C. State and has upcoming camps at Old Dominion, Richmond, and Virginia. His first, and right now only offer, came a month ago from St. Francis (Pa.), an FCS program in the Northeast Conference.

"I'd love to commit to a program with, first, great academics and second, a winning tradition," he said. "I love schools, like Navy, with excellent tradition, but it's also important to know that even if they've won in the past they're heading in the right direction for the future."

McDonald's father, Geoff, played at Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School in Honolulu with Navy head man, Ken Nuimatalolo. He went on to play his college ball at Hawaii before transferring to Virginia. McDonald is having a successful high school career of his own, one he hopes continues into his senior season at Benedictine.

"I became a starter in the rotation about halfway through my freshman year," McDonald explained. "I've played well making All-State in my sophomore and junior seasons. Last year, I had 66 tackles in eights games with eight or nine tackles for loss. This year I've improved on my hip mobility, my 40-yard dash time, or just my b-line speed really. My colleges stress hip flexibility at my position so I've been stretching out trying to get more flexible."

A good Benedictine team features Clelln Ferrell, a defensive end who committed to Clemson in early June. Other starters like Ramon Jones at running back and the offensive line tandem of Jack Lasher and Jack Cornett should attract their fair of D-1 colleges going into the season.

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