Kareem McDonald: Moving on and having fun

Update: Kareem McDonald has committed to Monmouth.

Update: Kareem McDonald has decommitted from Virginia.

Update: Kareem McDonald has committed to Virginia.

Kareem McDonald thought he was done with recruiting in early June when he committed to Old Dominion, until he decommitted from ODU a month later.

Now, McDonald has moved on and so has ODU, who revoked McDonald’s scholarship offer once the linebacker chose to reopen his recruitment.

“I wasn’t really upset. I’m going to keep working hard and everything,” McDonald said. “I know I’m going to get bigger offers than Old Dominion, so I’m really not upset.”

It’s time to have fun, the Washington, D.C., resident said. ODU is in the past, and the future is bright.

“The recruiting process is fun,” he said. “It was stressful before, but now that I decommitted from ODU, it’s fun. I can’t wait to visit all the schools and go with my family to the schools.”

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Kareem McDonald is a rising senior at Woodrow Wilson High School where he has played defensive end and will play outside linebacker in his senior season.

He is currently making the rounds to schools who have been talking to him. Last Thursday he visited with Temple, he will visit Virginia on Wednesday and he plans to visit North Carolina State on Friday.

“Most schools say they’re going to wait [to offer me] until after my first four games,” he said. “We have a big season ahead. Once they see my film from the first four games they will determine what they’re going to offer and If they’re going to offer.”

McDonald said he is expecting offers from Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia and North Carolina State.

Toledo has already offered McDonald a scholarship. He hopes to be able to visit later this summer, he said.

Even though the Class of 2015 recruit is expecting bigger offers than Toledo, he plans to keep the Ohio school high up on his list.

“I think Toledo will be great,” he explained. “I think I can make Toledo a great program. I know I’ll be an impact player on the defense.”

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Confidence in his own abilities is evident when he talks. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, and is always looking to prove himself to anyone who doubts his abilities.

“I always see myself as an underrated player because there are a lot of kids out there that you just look at them,and then you rank them,” McDonald said. “I don’t believe in that stuff. I like when coaches see me work and see me do things that they want to see me do.”

Once the season begins, McDonald said he believes schools will watch his film and understand what he is capable of.

One of the schools he is waiting on an offer from is Temple. McDonald said he liked the school and coaches, but more importantly he liked the feeling he got when he stepped on campus.

“If I step on campus and it feels like home, I know this will be the school for me,” he said. ” Temple definitely I had that feeling of home when I stepped on campus.”

He also said he got the feeling of home when he stepped on the campus at Maryland.

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A lot is riding on the first four games of the season, but McDonald isn’t nervous. He’s ready.

He’s ready to make the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker. He’s ready to work on what he said is his biggest weakness, reading the play before it begins. He’s ready to prove himself to all those out there who say he isn’t good enough.

Most of all, he’s ready to move on and have fun.

“It’s going to be really fun,” McDonald said excitedly.  “I can’t wait.”

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Michael co-founded The Left Bench in November of 2013. He is the Business Director of the site, and he continues to write feature stories for TLB. Michael is a UMD student Class of 2016 and a New Jersey native. Don't insult Jersey. He will find you.