June 20, 2011

Bucks offer Minnesota wideout

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The Ohio State coaching staff continues to search the nation for talent at the wide receiver position. Ideally the Buckeyes would probably like to take three receivers in the 2012 class and the search is starting to branch out. The latest to receive an offer is Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins product Andre McDonald. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect got the word last weekend from assistant coach Dick Tressel.

"I was really surprised," said McDonald of the offer. "I didn't think I would ever get that offer. It's been my favorite school since I was a little kid so it really surprised me and I was happy about it."

McDonald issued a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota back in early February but is still checking out a few schools. So where do things currently stand between McDonald and the Gophers?

"Well, I just want to look around at my other options," said McDonald. "I just want to make sure that I get myself what I need and where I need to be."

McDonald classifies himself as a soft-verbal right now and says he has a strong bond with the Minnesota coaching staff.

"Just my relationship with the coaches, that's the biggest thing for me," McDonald said. "I have a good, strong, positive relationship with the coaches. Just having someone to go to when I'm not at home with my parents."

In the mean time, McDonald is hoping to take a visit to Columbus as early as this coming weekend.

"I plan on trying to get (to Columbus) a little later this month," he said. "I would like to go down on the 25th but I'm not positive about that yet. I was going to come (for the senior one-day camp) but they told me that I didn't need to now but that it would be nice if I did."

With bigger receivers coming at a premium, it's no surprise that schools have continued to recruit McDonald, who says that he grew up idolizing Randy Moss when he was with the Vikings.

"I use my body pretty well and I'm pretty physical," he said. "I'm not the fastest kid but I use my big frame really well and I'm good with the ball in my hands."

McDonald will be participating in the first Marine Corps All-American Game this January in Phoenix and says that he will make his final decision at that time. While there is a lot of time between now and January, McDonald claims the decision will likely be a three team race.

"I'm looking at choosing between Ohio State, Minnesota, and Iowa," he said.


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