McDonald "Always Been A Fan" of Oregon

Following in a long line of talented defensive backs to hail from Edison High School in Fresno, California, Tevin McDonald comes in as one of the top secondary prospects on the West coast for 2010. Like 2009 Oregon signee, Cliff Harris, McDonald claims a high interest in the Ducks, but has yet to receive an offer. Could one possibly be in the works?

Do you currently hold an offer from Oregon?

"Actually, no I don't. I hold one offer from Washington."

Have you had any contact with Oregon?

"Actually no I haven't and I wouldn't even know who to contact or who to talk to if I wanted to...[I've been receiving] all the interest letters in the world. I just got an invite to the [Oregon] Junior Day. I'm going to be attending that on May 2. [The letters] tell me they recognize me as one of the top prospects for the class of 2010."

What is your overall interest in Oregon?

"I think I have a high interest in Oregon, I have a very high interest in Oregon. I've always been a fan of them and they seem to be on the rise and I like what they're doing right now."

How would you describe yourself as a player on defense?

"I think on defense what makes me good is my overall knowledge of the game. I'm always watching film, I have a lot of knowledge of the game and that helps me a lot. I'm always around the ball on defense. As a safety, I'm always coming downhill playing the run and I think I can cover the pass pretty well."

Are most teams looking at you at safety, corner, or on offense?

"Yeah, it's crazy because I'm playing both ways. I'm playing slot receiver (on offense) and safety and a little bit of corner. I'm 5'11'', 180 lbs., so I'm a small safety, [but] I feel like I'm complimented most at corner. But I play safety because, in our league, Edison always has one of the top secondaries in the country, so, especially on Cliff [Harris], no one was really throwin' in to the secondary, so our thing was you have to stop the run because teams like to pound us. Me and my brother, T.J. McDonald, we played safety to stop the run. I'm also comfortable at corner, so teams have been recruiting me at corner also."

Would you prefer to play a specific position in the secondary, or are you open to playing anywhere?

"I'm open. I think I'm a solid corner [and] I think I'm a solid safety. I think I could play both [ways]. My goal is to be the best in my class."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"No, I wouldn't say I could compare [myself] to anybody, I just think on the offensive side, my role on the team is like a little slot receiver/Steve Smith-type. My routes are starting quick and my team likes to get the ball in my hands and let me create and go from there kind of what Carolina does with Steve Smith...on the defensive side, I'm really used as a safety to stop the run. If there's a team with two receivers, after Cliff Harris, I'll be the one to cover them...I like to model myself after the way Ed Reed plays on defense."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I want to come in and feel like the school wants me just as much as I want them. I want to come in feeling like I can come and make an early impact on the team and I just want to come in and know I can live in that place for four years."

Are you looking for a campus that's in a bigger city or a smaller city, or is that even a factor for you?

"No, I wouldn't even say it plays a factor. I just want a place and a city and a campus where I know I'll be happy and comfortable for four years."

What schools have you been hearing a lot of interest from?

"I'm hearing a lot from the Pac-10. Outside the Pac-10, I'd say Oklahoma. Their interest in me has been picking up a lot. I'd say Florida State, I was invited to their Junior Day also, Nebraska and the last school would be Tennessee. I couldn't make it to their (Tennessee's) Junior Day, but I was invited to theirs too."

If Oregon were to offer, where would they stand among some of the other schools recruiting you?

"I want to stay open to everybody and take my time, but definitely, an Oregon offer would be tough to ignore. It would be tough for me to ignore because they're high on my list."

Is anyone leading for you? A top three, top five?

"I wouldn't say I have a top five, but I'm a huge fan of the Pac-10 and I'm a West coast guy and I'm a big fan of Oklahoma also."

What camps have you attended and are you planning on attending any camps later this spring or in the summer?

"I will be attending a camp in Oregon, a Nike camp, it's in early June [and] I'll be attending the USC Rising Stars camp...those are the two main ones that I have on my schedule. Those two, and the combine."

Are you planning on going to any Junior Days?

"I went to USC's and I think after Oregon's that'll be it."

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