It's the waiting game for McDonough

Four year teams are always looking for a playmaking safety to stick in their secondary and Glendale's Ray McDonough (6-2, 190) is just such a prospect. He had an outstanding season for the Vaqueros and he's in a holding pattern with several BCS schools on an offer. We caught up with McDonough recently and he talked about his season and what schools he's looking at.

"I was actually supposed to go to Washington State the second week of January, but they had a coaching change so I'm sorta waiting to see what's up with them," McDonough said. "Coach (Steve) Broussard called me and told me they really like me a lot, but they want to find out who the next coach is going to be and see if he still wants me to visit and to offer me."

The Cougars haven't offered McDonough yet, but he said they were close and also noted that two more schools are pretty close to offering as well.

"Well, they told me they wouldn't bring me up for visit that late if they weren't going to offer me so I'm pretty sure they were going to offer," McDonough said. "Syracuse and Kansas State are pretty much in the same boat.

"Both of them said they liked me a lot and they wanted to firm up a visit, but nothing is set in stone with them either."

In addition to those three schools, McDonough has offers from Idaho, Montana State and Hofstra and said Nevada and Northern Arizona have been in contract recently.

"I'm pretty much open to everyone, but I'd love to play in the Pac 10 if I can," McDonough said. "Every west coast kid's dream is to play Pac 10 ball so I would really like that opportunity."

For the season, McDonough totaled eight interceptions, 52 tackles and 12 passes broken up.

"I like playing 'center field' and just reading the quarterback's eyes," McDonough said. "I had a good season and my coaches said they liked what I did and the coaches recruiting me said they really thought I was a 'ball hawk' so that was pretty satisfying."

McDonough was a full-qualifier out of high school so he can leave at any time, but he expects to leave after winter quarter ends so he can enroll for spring ball.

Wherever he ends up, McDonough will have three years to play two.

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