Checking In With UVa Commit Jack McDonald

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Boston College High (Boston, MA) has had its 2012 season affected largely by injuries. In one game, the Eagles played without 10 projected preseason starters. University of Virginia-bound senior offensive lineman Jack McDonald is happy to report that his team is finally healthy and ready to make a push for the postseason.

“Pretty much all of our starters are back,” said McDonald, a team captain. “Last week’s game was the first since the preseason where we had our whole team out there. I think we’ll be a different team now. We’ll get a full week of practice together this week, and we’ll get to show what we’re capable of doing.”

BC High is 3-5 with two regular season games remaining.

“We have to win the next two games definitely, and then we’ll have to wait to see how the points shake out to see if we made the playoffs,” McDonald said. “We just have to make sure we win. We just have to stay upbeat and keep playing like we have a chance.”

Depending on the defense the Eagles face, the 6’5″, 285-pound McDonald has lined up at guard or tackle this regular season. He played center in three scrimmages during the preseason. A two-way performer, McDonald also plays defensive tackle.

“I feel I’ve definitely improved a lot this year. My footwork has improved a lot,” McDonald said.

Rated a 3-star prospect by all four national recruiting networks (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports), McDonald chose UVa over offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, and Penn State. He verbally committed to the Hoos in June and has stayed very solid in his decision, despite his future team’s 3-6 record.

“I’m not worried about the season at all for them,” McDonald said of the Cavaliers. “I know they are young. I’ve been talking to the coaches about it, and this is all stuff they can fix. The next few years, they will start to show what they are capable of. We’ve had good recruiting classes the past few years, so I think we’ll win big.”

McDonald is one of three offensive line prospects that have pledged to UVa in the class of 2013, joining Monsignor Donovan (Toms River, N.J.) standout Brad Henson and Salisbury School (CT) star Sadiq Olanrewaju. He has met