The three-star offensive tackle from Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley visited campus back in February and the return trip to see UCLA in spring practice essentially sealed the deal, giving the Bruins their first offensive line commit in the 2018 class.
"UCLA has always been my dream school since I was little, so this was really just a dream come true for me," McDonald told Scout.com. "I visited back in February the same weekend of the Under Armour camp and got a tour of the campus and facilities. I went back for the spring practice and really got to be in the whole environment of it. I just love the place, the weather and the coaching style of the staff.
"All the players seemed so involved and I just loved the program. I really want to be a part of that. I got a chance to sit down with coach (Hank) Fraley and coach (Jim) Mora, and that was just great."
Fraley, as the Bruins' new offensive line coach, would appear to have his work cut out for him given how much that unit struggled in the 2016 season, but the 6-foot-4, 290-pound McDonald said he sees that as a big opportunity to join the rebuild.
"Coach Fraley was talking to me about this recruiting class and how he is recruiting guys he wants," Fraley said. "He is trying to build an offensive line that he wants to coach up. Coach Fraley told me he liked me as a player because I could play tackle or guard for them, and that I don't really have a set position heading in. I don't have a preference on where I play."
McDonald held six other Pac-12 offers and said the Bruins were so far out ahead that he didn't even have a second choice at the time of his commitment.
"I didn't really have a list; I just knew UCLA was my frontrunner," McDonald said. "I knew they were the one.
"I'm done with the recruiting process."
McDonald joined fellow three-star prospects Jhevon Hill, Isaiah Johnson and Aaron Maldonado in UCLA's class. The Bruins signed five offensive linemen -- Stephan Zabié, Kanan Ray, Jax Wacaser, Sean Seawards and Zack Sweeney -- this past February.