Tenn. Backer Likes Lions

It's a banner year in the state of Tennessee for the Class of 2007 and one of the state's top prospects is linebacker Chris Donald. Donald, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound outside linebacker and running back for Huntingdon (Tenn.) High School talks about his recruitment and where the Nittany Lions stand.

"I read my keys well and make the play," said Donald. "I bring energy to my team and try and be the leader. I am still working on quickness. I want to get bigger, stronger and faster."

Last season as a junior Donald recorded 120 tackles, 14 sacks, 32 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception. Offensively, he rushed for 1,637 yards, had 287 receiving yards and scored 27 touchdowns. Not a bad season but can it be duplicated.

"That's the plan."

According to Donald he has scholarship offers from Tennessee, Clemson, Ole Miss and Notre Dame. That's just the beginning for this outside linebacker prospect. By the end of May he will certainly be in double digits.

"Right now I would say that I am pretty open. I know I plan on camping at Tennessee and would like to get to some others but I just don't know.

"As far as a top five I like Tennessee, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State. "Tennessee is a team I grew up watching and always liked them. Plus, I love the atmosphere there. It's really unbelievable.

"I think Clemson is a school where I really fit into their scheme well. I have not been there and I am looking forward to checking them out.

"Ohio State is a school that I have always followed and I want to make sure I see them. And they have produced some good linebackers like A.J. Hawk.

"Same thing with Penn State and they are known as a very good linebacker school.

"Notre Dame is kind of new to the list. They have recently started to send me stuff in the mail and requested film. I am very interested in them."

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