Santa Ana QB is one to watch this year

At one point this past winter, there was a chance that Santa Ana QB Andrew McDonald (6-2.5, 210) could have left for a four-year program, but things never panned out for the talented signal-caller so this spring he's been focused on improving the finer points of his game as well as building a rapport with his wideouts so he can improve upon a solid freshman season last fall...

"It's definitely been a good spring for me and for our team," McDonald told recently. "I've been working on my reads and getting the ball out quicker and I've been working a lot with my receivers on building up our confidence in each other and what we can do and what we can expect.

"Overall it's been really productive and I think we have a chance to do some pretty good things this fall."

McDonald prepped at Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Ca.) High School and was an invited walk-on at Arizona after he graduated.

"I walked on there in 2009 and I was doing well," McDonald recalled. "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.

"I had a good season and we had a good season as a team," McDonald said. "I'm more of a pro-style, pocket-passer, but I rushed for over 300 yards and seven touchdowns, so I can move around too.

"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."

On the recruiting front, schools like Washington, Colorado, Wyoming and UNLV all came calling shortly after signing day in February hoping to get McDonald in for spring football, but because he falls under the "4-2-4 rule" that says a bounceback from a four-year school must receive his AA degree before playing at another four-year program, those programs held off.

"Right now, Washington, Utah, Utah State, Montana and Boise State have all been talking to me about recruiting me this summer and in the fall," McDonald noted. "All of them like the fact that I'm accurate and I can run and make plays with my legs too, so those are hopefully going to be some options for me down the road, but none have offered me at this point."

McDonald is on pace to finish up his coursework in December and he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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