Quarterback Donny McElveen was a standout for Mt. Tabor High School in Winston-Salem as a junior but made the tough decision to transfer to Summerville (SC) High School for his senior season. That move will give McElveen the opportunity to finish his high school career playing for his grandfather, legendary South Carolina coach John McKissick.
As a junior, McElveen finished off the year by passing for roughly 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns while helping lead Mt Tabor to the 4A state title game. In all, the rising senior has compiled an impressive 21-8 record as a varsity starter.
At 6-2, 185 pounds, McElveen has decent size and good mobility. He’s attracted interest from a number of division one programs and also landed his first scholarship offer. That fact has helped alleviate much of the pressure that goes with recruiting.
“Central Florida has offered me and that took a lot of pressure off knowing I had some place to go,” said McElveen. “I love it down there in Orlando. I have a great relationship with all the coaches. I just want to make sure I go to all the camps and see where I am after that. Coach O’Leary is a great guy.”
In addition to UCF, McElveen is also hearing from East Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Vanderbilt, NC State and Clemson.
The rising senior had a chance to attend junior day at NC State and has received some attention from the Pack but McElveen admits he’d like to hear a little more from State.
“I came to their junior day back in March,” he said. “I really liked it. I liked coach Bible. I think they’ve got a lot of good stuff going on and I’d like to hear more from them. I plan to camp there this summer.
“State wanted me to come to their camp but I haven’t heard as much from them as the other schools. I think they want to see how I look in camp.”
As he continues to evaluate the schools showing interest, McElveen now turns his focus to the summer camp circuit and the opportunity to land some additional offers. He hopes to have a decision made prior to his senior season/
“I’m still trying to feel everything out and see who wants me the most and get a feel for all the schools. I want to be committed to a college before my season so I can get it behind me. If the right offer comes along I plan to commit during the summer.”