“They love my film and running style and want me to come tote the load for them at Tennessee,” said McDonald, who’s ranked the No. 477 overall prospect and No. 43 athlete in the 2022 class, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. “Coach Golesh recruited me at UCF. We just started building a relationship. Then, the staff came to Tennessee, and we picked up where we started.
“Tennessee has always been high on my list. And to know I still have my offer is great. I'm pretty excited.”
McDonald said he “talked a few times” with Heupel’s staff after getting his offer from UCF on Jan. 15. McDonald said he’s familiar with the fast-paced, high-scoring offense Heupel ran with the Knights and plans to install at Tennessee, and he believes his skill set matches what the Vols are seeking at running back.
“I think I fit the offense perfect,” said McDonald, who holds offers from more than 20 schools. “Coach Golesh thinks I fit the offense and that I'm a complete back.”