Phone Call Makes Drive Home Easy

Tevin McDonald, the 5-11, 175-pound cornerback prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Edison, came to UCLA's One-Day Camp Saturday and, while he was driving home, called the UCLA coaches and received a UCLA scholarship offer...

Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive back Tevin McDonald (5-11, 175) camped at UCLA over the weekend and, while driving home to Central California, learned he received his second scholarship offer.

"It went really well for me," said McDonald. "I performed great in the 1-on-1s and after I left I called the coaches and got an offer."

McDonald was still smarting over what he felt was just an average performance the week before at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles. So he set out to raise it up a notch when he got to Westwood last Saturday.

"I knew I had only like my C game last week at the Scout Combine because I had a pulled groin," said McDonald. "But I healed it up and brought my A-Game on Saturday."

McDonald said that head coach Rick Neuheisel made the offer, but he spent most of the day working with cornerbacks coach Carnell Lake who, like his father, Tim, was a former NFL All-Pro.

"I had no idea he was a five-time All-Pro, but it was cool because he remembered playing against my dad in college and the NFL," said McDonald, who said he'd still give the edge as a DB to his father.

McDonald said the offer from the Bruin staff came as a cornerback, where he's beeng getting much of his attention this spring.

"They offered me as a corner, which is fine because that's where the majority of the schools have been feeling is the best place for me," said McDonald.

McDonald's family is all Trojan, with his father having played there and his older brother T.J. signing with USC in February. Tevin will camp there later this month at the Rising Stars Camp in hopes of landing an offer from the Trojans.

For now, though, the Bruins are very highly regarded.

"UCLA is very high on the list," said McDonald. "I also like Washington a lot, they were the first school to offer me. And I'm hoping to get an offer from Oregon. I'm still going to take some time. I'm not ready to commit yet."

As a 2008 junior at Edison, McDonald had 32 catches for 627 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for two more touchdowns. Defensively, he had 82 tackles, six pass deflections, three sacks and two picks.


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