Three-Star Linebacker Trey McDonald Reflects On Virginia Football Commitment

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After two years at Arrowhead High School in his hometown of Hartland, Wisconsin, class of 2022 linebacker prospect Trey McDonald transferred to Baylor, a private school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, ahead of the 2020-21 school year. The 6’4”, 225-pound junior linebacker prospect has decided to head even further east for his college career, as he has verbally accepted a scholarship offer to the University of Virginia.

Linebacker prospect Trey McDonald announced his verbal commitment to Virginia this past Sunday. He informed Bronco Mendenhall of his decision the Thursday prior. ~ Photo courtesy of McDonald

McDonald had interest in UVA before transferring to Baylor, saying he noticed “the football program is rising” under Bronco Mendenhall’s guidance. The three-sport athlete – in addition to football, McDonald plays lacrosse at Baylor and played ice hockey when he was in Wisconsin – took notice of more than just the football program in Charlottesville.

“I’ve followed the athletic department as a whole,” McDonald said. “The success they’ve had in lacrosse and basketball and swimming and tennis, all that is amazing. Football of course was on my radar.”

“I knew it was a dream-worthy school and one of my top interests,” McDonald said of UVA.

Virginia Football Analyst (Special Teams) Drew Meyer, who is a native of Hartland (WI), initiated the contact with McDonald. Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Kelly Poppinga informed the standout prospect in February that he had a scholarship offer.

“I got on the phone with Coach Poppinga and we had a great conversation about the school and Baylor and what he liked in me,” McDonald said. “He