The difference for McDonald is that he may actually decide to play football. His oldest brother Donzell planned to play football at Colorado in but never played for the Buffs, instead signing with the New York Yankees after being drafted by them in 1995. Brother Darnell signed to play with Texas (and had an offer from UCLA) before signing with the Baltimore Orioles after being drafted by them in 1997.
So it's no surprise that Darin is looking at a potential baseball career down the line. However, he insists that college football is a legitimate possibility for him.
"I don't have any offers mainly because I never went to any camps or combines. I played baseball in the spring and then Connie Mack ball this summer, so I never really focused just on football," said McDonald. "Most of the schools say that they want to see some senior film since they didn't see me at the camps."
"I'd say that UCLA is my top school. Arizona State and Oklahoma are next," said McDonald. "Coach (Jon) Embree is recruiting me and I knew him from my brothers. He also played at Cherry Creek."
McDonald said that he had taken unofficial trips to Arizona State and Oklahoma but has yet to take a trip to UCLA, one thing he plans to do this fall.
Are the colleges recruiting him wary about the baseball option? "The schools recruiting me know that I want to probably play both sports. I haven't thought about if I'll play college football and then pro baseball, or if I'll play both sports in college. I'll figure that out later," said McDonald. "But I do really want to play football. I know I'll sign somewhere then decide later."
McDonald said most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback, though some like him as a safety, given his height. He has no preference, but does envision himself as a bigger, lockdown corner.
He said having his brothers go through the same process will help him when he needs to make a decision, whether its where to sign, or what to play. "My brothers both said they will help me out. They've both been through it, so that advice will be great," said McDonald. "I probably will take all five trips, then decide during the winter."
During his junior season, McDonald led the state with nine interceptions to go along with 51 tackles.
Academically, McDonald has a 2.6 GPA and a 1640 on the SAT.