Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN) junior linebacker Trey McDonald received a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia on February 12. The 6’4”, 225-pound standout revealed Sunday (March 21) that he has accepted the offer, taking to Twitter to announce his verbal commitment to the Cavaliers.
“First of all, I’d like to praise God for the innumerable blessings he has given me,” McDonald wrote in the tweet below. “Without Him, none of this would be possible. I am forever grateful to my family and friends who supported me through this journey. I’d like to thank all of my coaches who helped develop me through the years. Lastly, I’d like to thank Coach Poppinga, Coach Meyer, and Coach Mendenhall for guiding me through this process. With that said, I am extremely blessed to announce my commitment to the University of Virginia! Can’t wait to strap it up for HooNation!”
— Trey McDonald (@TreyDMcDonald) March 21, 2021
Playing outside linebacker, McDonald totaled 59 tackles (34 solo), five forced fumbles and three tackles for loss in eight games during his junior season. He has earned a 3-star rating by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. Rivals ranks McDonald as the no. 37 junior in Tennessee, while 247Sports ranks the standout prospect as the no. 44 junior in the state.
A multisport athlete in high school, McDonald plays lacrosse in addition to football.
McDonald carries over a 4.0 GPA at Baylor School, a private school in Chattanooga. He becomes the second Baylor product to commit to UVA in the Mendenhall era, joining rising junior cornerback Jaylon Baker.
Prior to his commitment to the Cavaliers, McDonald claimed scholarship offers from Dartmouth, Harvard and Navy, among others. The Hoos now boast three commitments in the class of 2022. Tight end Karson Gay, who attends Boyd Buchanan School in Chattanooga, and Georgia H-Back prospect Rodney Hill pledged to Virginia earlier in the process.