A Closer Look At UVa Commit Jack McDonald

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Jack McDonald ‘s first impression of the University of Virginia was a positive one, thanks in large part to primary recruiter Jim Reid.

“Jim Reid, I’ve known him for a while. He was the first one I met from Virginia,” said McDonald, an offensive lineman out of Boston College High (Boston, MA). He is one of 15 rising high school seniors to commit to UVa. “He seemed like a great guy the first time I met him. He’s outgoing. His personality seemed like the type of guy you want to play for.”

UVa offered the 6’5″, 285-pound prospect this past spring. McDonald responded by taking an unofficial visit to Charlottesville in April.

“On the visit, I got to meet Coach Wach (Cavaliers offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim). He seemed like a great offensive line coach. He knows where he wants to take the offensive line,” McDonald said. “Coach London, I heard from high school coaches and my coaches, I heard he is a great coach. Talking to him, I believe he will take the Virginia program to the next level. He’s positive, outgoing, and he seems like a great coach and a great person.”

McDonald received close to 10 scholarship offers in total before eventually whittling the field to three: hometown Boston College, North Carolina, and Virginia. The final order of business before picking one of the three was to make an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill in the middle of last week. This past Monday, June 25, McDonald verbally committed to Coach London.

“After the visit (to UVa), I kind of got that good feeling people talk about when they find the right school,” McDonald said. “But I wanted to make sure I saw all my options. After I visited North Carolina, I sat down with my parents, thought about it, and just decided Virginia is the place I wanted to be. It’s the place I think I’ll be most successful by going there. On Monday night, my parents invited friends over — (Michigan-bound defensive tackle) Maurice Hurst came over with his mom. I committed then. I talked to Coach Reid and Coach London. Coach Reid was extremely excited. He was just yelling, and I could tell how happy he was. The same with Coach London.”

McDonald added: “I feel really good right now. I have a lot of faith in the coaching staff. Through talking to