"I walked on there in 2009 and I was doing well," McDonald told JCFootball.com. "I was pretty much in line to earn a scholarship and then I broke the radius in my right arm, my throwing arm, and it all sorta just ended there for me.
"I redshirted the rest of that year and wanted to get a fresh start. My high school's offensive line coach coached at Santa Ana and he said the coaches here were good guys and that I couldn't go wrong if I played for them."
Once he started practicing with the Dons last year, McDonald quickly showed his worth and completed completed 69% of his passes for nearly 2,300 yards with 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading them to a 9-2 record.
"My pocket awareness is something that helps me a lot and I think my accuracy is my best asset. I was number one in California in efficiency this year, so that's something I take pride in."
Quite a few schools made inquiries into McDonald's availability this spring, but because he can't leave until late May, a lot of had to look elsewhere.
"Washington called and wanted to get me in for spring," McDonald said. "Colorado, Wyoming, Cal-Poly and a bunch of D-2 schools also came by and UNLV was really interested, but because I can't leave until the summer they all sorta had to move on."
McDonald said he hopes to sign with a school and enroll this summer when he will have three years to play three, but said if that doesn't happen he will happily return to Santa Ana this fall and sign in December with two years of eligibility remaining.
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