The best film I have seen thus far this season belongs to 2015 Rocky Mountain linebacker Max McDonald. The 6-2 225 pound backer has used his combination of speed and physical play, lining up all over the field, to help move his Lobo squad to a 7-1 record and a top 10 ranking in 5A Colorado football. McDonald leads a very good Rocky Mountain defense averaging nearly 12 tackles a game, posting four sacks, an interception and recovering two fumbles.
McDonald’s high impact production and athleticism has not gone unnoticed as he reports offers from the University of South Dakota and Northern Colorado. In the mix of a very competitive 5A division, McDonald is focused on his team first and recruiting second. Regarding recruiting McDonald says, “It is going alright! Lots of phone calls and a few offers. I’m trying to stay focused on the season.”
Along with his initial offers McDonald says he is hearing consistently from Wyoming, Colorado State and Eastern Washington. Of the three schools McDonald feels Colorado State is the program closest to making an offer.
Against the run, while playing on the inside, McDonald, once he diagnosis, gets downhill quickly. When he gets to the ball he finishes with attitude blowing up the ball carrier. A state shot put champion, McDonald is explosive enough to not only take on, but defeat offensive linemen between the tackles. As a middle blitzer or edge rusher, McDonald has a good first step, can use his hands and finishes his tackles. From his inside position McDonald is athletic enough to be an every down backer.
McDonald says colleges have yet to indicate whether they want him to play inside or outside linebacker but whatever the position, McDonald has the ability to be an impact player at the college level.