At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic’s Camren McDonald looks like a receiver. But he brings a unique ability to line up in a number of spots.
“I can play any pass catching position,” McDonald said. “I can line up behind the tackle and play H-back. I can split all the way out wide. I can play slot. I can put my hand in the dirt. I feel like I'm a very versatile piece to an offense.”
That has made the No. 1 tight end in California and the No. 105 overall prospect in the 2018 class a priority recruit for USC. At a recent spring practice, McDonald was being courted by the Trojans coaching and support staff in a similar fashion to the Trojans’ commits. He was one of a select few 2018 prospects that received individual attention and was invited to take a closer look at some of the specific position drills.
The extra attention has stood out to McDonald.
“That's what I like about SC. I feel like they're actively recruiting me,” he said. “They actually really, really want me. I'm always in contact with the coach. That's another reason why they're at the top of my list. I feel like I am a priority to them.”
The USC coaches aren’t the only ones actively recruiting McDonald. Recently, five-star USC quarterback commit Matt Corral transferred to Long Beach Poly and he has made quick friends with his most dynamic target. All quarterbacks love having an explosive weapon that can create mismatches to throw to and Corral is no exception. He wants to also make sure he has the same weapons when he gets to college, so he’s been working on McDonald, trying to recruit his new teammate to also become a Trojan.
McDonald said he is in contact with the USC coaches “all the time,” but if they weren’t, Corral makes sure he gets a dose of USC each day.
“I mean that's his job. If you're committed to a school as a quarterback, you're supposed to recruit and of course, you're going to recruit the receivers at your school. He recruits me to SC every day.”
Though McDonald was already interested in the Trojans, Corral’s pitch hasn’t hurt.
“I just love what's going on around there. I love Coach Helton. I just love everything that is going on with the Trojans right now. They're probably going to stay at the top of my list for a while.”
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