McDonald Talks USC, UCLA

Fresno (CA) Edison HS defensive back Tevin McDonald grew up in a USC family, but could he end up heading across town and suiting up for the rival UCLA Bruins? Look inside for more on the talented 2010 recruit.

Fresno (CA) Edison defensive back Tevin McDonald was recently in Los Angeles to watch the spring games at both USC and UCLA and which school stood out to him could come as a surprise.

McDonald's first stop on the trip was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where he watched the USC Trojans and took notice of some of the younger players that have stepped up this spring.

"I knew that USC always goes hard when they compete. I saw a lot of new talent, that's what surprised me," he said. "I saw D.J. Shoemate, Curtis McNeal and T.J. Bryant making plays. Seeing some new guys come in and make plays was cool."

"What I saw was just another great USC team. They are going to be good once again."

After the scrimmage, McDonald got a chance to talk with some of the USC coaches, but says the Trojans aren't showing much interest right now.

"I got a chance to talk to Coach Seto and Coach Richard but it was kind of short," he said. "I feel that they aren't recruiting me that hard. I get mail and stuff but I wouldn't say that they are recruiting me very hard."

While McDonald liked what he saw from the Trojans, it was his trip across town that really made a lasting impression.

"UCLA stands out a lot for me just from what I saw in the spring game and my visit down there," he said. "It made me feel real good about UCLA.

"I got a very warm welcome there."

After seeing the program up close during the spring game, McDonald came away impressed with Rick Neuheisel and excited about the direction of the Bruins' program.

"I am a huge fan of Coach Neuheisel and it seems like they are on the right track," he said. "From watching the spring game it seems like they are getting things going."

The 5-foot-11, 182-pound defensive back already has an offer from Washington, but says UCLA is the school that is recruiting him the hardest.

"It's crazy that UCLA is the school that is recruiting me the hardest, and could possibly be my school," McDonald said. "It's the rival to the school that my dad and brother went to.

"That's just how it is I guess."

The three-star defensive back had 82 tackles, six pass deflections, three sacks and two interceptions while playing safety at (Fresno) Edison HS, but is being looked at as a cornerback by college coaches.

"I talked to Coach Neuheisel a couple of times and he said he saw some of my film and he thinks that I could be a solid corner," McDonald said. "They just told me that they would love to have me at their school and they feel that I could come in, play and be a big part of the program."

The Bruins haven't come through with an offer yet but McDonald feels confident that they could in the near future.

"I am expecting one pretty soon," he said.

McDonald will attend the Scout.com Camp on May 30th in Los Angeles.

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for news and updates on Tevin McDonald throughout the recruiting process.


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