Kareem McDonald’s Rival Photo
I had the chance to talk to 2015 Maryland target Kareem McDonald, a 6’2” junior from Woodrow Wilson High School. Currently wrapping up his junior year, McDonald is looking forward to the next step and loving the vibe from the Terps. I discussed his recruitment and junior season.
Currently playing outside linebacker, tight end, and defensive end, McDonald is looking to play outside linebacker in college. If he can improve his speed, he said he would love to play safety. A quick, versatile defensive stud, McDonald listed his strengths as “quickness, ability to use his hands well, and overpower the offensive line” to get into the backfield. When asked what he’s looking for in a school, McDonald said he wants a school that will “help him improve and get better, and a school that offers immediate playing time.”
Although he has no official offers yet, McDonald has heavy interest from Maryland, Temple, Old Dominion, Clemson, Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska. The schools that stand out? Alabama, Clemson, and Maryland. McDonald said that Maryland, UK, Nebraska, and Clemson are all recruiting him the hardest. He feels he is very close to his first offer.
McDonald made the trip to the Clemson game with another Terp target, Adam McLean, and both came away from the game very impressed as they had a great time. McDonald believes that the Maryland buzz in the DMV is working very well, and if the Terps can lock up the premier and underrated talent in the area, then Maryland will become an elite team.
McDonald said he wants to visit Maryland again this upcoming summer as well as Alabama and Clemson. Mike Locksley, the head of his recruitment, says the offensive coordinator made the trip to his school two weeks ago and continued to make sure grades were good. Locksley jokingly asked, “How about receiver in college.” McDonald noted that Locksley and he have a great relationship and he loves Maryland but has no early favorite.