Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff made the call after watching a highlight film from McDonald's junior season at Edison High School.
"They saw my tape earlier that morning and were really interested and offered me," McDonald said. "They told me that they were excited about the way that I played, and think I could fit in the new foundation that they are building at Washington.
"They said they were impressed with my overall knowledge of the game and my leadership."
As a junior, McDonald recorded 32 receptions for 650 yards and nine touchdowns on offense and 82 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles on the defensive side of the ball.
"They said they like how I play on both sides of the ball," McDonald said. "Depending on how I grow and progress over this next year, I could be a safety or a corner.
"Right now, I am 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, so that is a small safety or a big corner."
"I have always been a big fan of Coach Holt and Sarkisian from last year at USC's Rising Stars Camp," he said. "I love Coach Holt's energy, and he makes you want to play that much more."
With his first offer in hand, McDonald said he felt relieved and is excited to hear from more schools across the country.
"I'm still open to everybody," he said.
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