A Receiver For Life

Perspective college football athletes weight numerous factors when making a college decision. Playing time, coaching staff, coaching style, tradition, location, and academics are just some of the factors that affect the choices of high school football athletes throughout the country. But for some athletes, like Washington (D.C.) Dunbar wide receiver standout James McDonald, it's going to come down to a gut feeling.

"I'm looking for the best situation for me," said James McDonald. "They say when you get to the right college you just get this feeling—like you know it. Like you know you want to go there. Wherever I get that feeling I'll go."

With strong hands, precise route running skills, great body control, and the ability to snag the ball in traffic, each of McDonald's favorites (Notre Dame, Boston College, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and N.C. State) are recruiting him as a wide receiver.

"The coaches like my route running skills, strong hands, and my ability to get separation," McDonald said when asked about his game. "I'm not a burner, but I pride myself on catching the ball. I want to play receiver. Some coaches ask me about playing defensive back, but I am a receiver. I'm a receiver for life."

Notre Dame sees McDonald playing wide receiver, and has offered McDonald. The 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver prospect is very interested in Notre Dame and is currently in the process of trying to acquire more information about their wide receiver and quartback situation.

"I'm definitely interested in Notre Dame," McDonald said. "They are one of my top choices. The name Notre Dame speaks for itself. The tradition there is second to none. When I received my offer from them I was pleasantly surprised. I'm actually trying to call Coach Dedrick to find out more information about them. I want to see how much they are going to throw, and what their quartback situation is like. I also catch a lot of games on Saturday."

McDonald shared his opinions about the other schools in his top five.

"Penn State was the first to offer me when I went there for the Nike camp," he said. "I like their tradition, and they have a nice QB that just came in Anthony Morelli."

"Pittsburgh always has good quarterbacks like Dan Marino, and they produce great wide receivers like Antonio Bryant and Larry Fitzgerald," McDonald said. "The have a tradition of producing great wide receivers and quarterbacks."

"N.C. State is another school that produces a lot of good receivers," McDonald said. "That's why I like them. I visited there last April."

"As for Boston College, they are an up and coming team," McDonald said. "Some people don't think I'll go there, but I like them. I like the fact that they moved into the ACC. I think they'll do well."

Unless McDonald gets that "feeling" when visiting a campus, don't expect McDonald to make an early decision.

"My time switches every week. I'll most likely wait until signing day," McDonald said when asked when he might decide.


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