McDonough rises to the challenge

A player that has been flying under the radar with recruiting services so far this year has been Glendale S Ray McDonough (6-2, 190). Even though he hasn't been getting much media attention, schools from across the country have been making contact and was able to speak to the playmaking safety recently and he talked about his season and updated us on the schools looking at him.

"It's been a good season so far," McDonough told earlier this week. "We're 4-1 and we just got off of the bye week this past weekend so we're ready for the second part of our season to get started. We should be able to finish strong and we'll see where we end up."

McDonough prepped at St. Francis High School in La Canada, California and was recruited out of high school, but he didn't get any offers.

"I had good grades and all that stuff, but I didn't get any offers so I decided to come to Glendale," McDonough said. "First, Glendale won the conference the year I graduated, second, my dad had come here as a student and it was close to home and third the coaches here are excellent and the coaches called me all the time when they found out I was looking at a JC."

McDonough has had an excellent start to his 2007 season and he attributes that fast start to the hard work he did in the offseason.

"I worked really hard at not dipping my hips when I was breaking out of my backpedal," McDonough noted. "I over-exaggerated the movements in my workouts this past summer so that the muscle-memory was something I did naturally once the season started and that's really helped me this year.

"Last year, my recovery speed wasn't very good because of how long it took me to get out of my breaks, but this year I'm not having that problem and it's really helped my tackling and hitting. I can fill the lane pretty well against the run and take on the back in the hole. That's the fun part of playing safety."

McDonough has impressive physical stats to go along with his hard-nosed style – a 4.57 forty time and a 38-inch vertical to go along with a 305-pound bench press.

On the recruiting front, schools like Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Utah State, Nevada and San Diego State have all been in contact.

"My coaches said San Diego State has been coming on pretty strong and that they seem close to offering me," McDonough said. "I'd like to stay out west, but I'll go wherever I have a chance to compete and play.

"I don't have any offers yet, but a couple of the schools seem like they could be close."

Since he was a full-qualifier out of high school, McDonough can leave Glendale in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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