McDonald Set To Visit This Weekend

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Sanford (Fayetteville, N.C.) athlete Dante McDonald is scheduled to make an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend. The 6-0, 195-pound senior is excited about the upcoming trip, though he doesn’t expect to learn anything new with respect to a scholarship offer.

“What I really like about Coach Wiles is that he’s a real honest dude,” said McDonald, who last spoke with the Tech defensive line coach last Friday. “He was supposed to come to my home for a visit, but he couldn’t go down. He said he would come by sometime after my visit this weekend. As far as the possibility of an offer goes, he said they probably wouldn’t know until sometime in January.”

McDonald has never been to Virginia Tech before. Barring a change, he will arrive in Blacksburg on Friday and head home on Sunday.

“I’m looking to get a feel for it, man,” McDonald said. “I could potentially be there for four years. I want to get a feel for where I’m at. I definitely want to have a good time. I want to meet the coaches. I want to touch base with my possible position coaches. I want to get a feel for the facilities. I’m really going to explore everything, but I want to have a good time at the same time.”

In terms of the major FBS level, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, and East Carolina have expressed the most interest in McDonald, who turned in a big-time senior season. He played quarterback and running back in 2010 but was most impressive as a runner, totaling 1,982 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns. If Tech offers, it will be as an athlete.

“I think that actually would be better for me,” McDonald said of being recruited as an athlete. He was also an all-conference performer at wide receiver as a junior. “I’d have a better chance of playing. If I’m not the best quarterback, maybe I’d be the best running back. If I wasn’t the best running back, maybe I’d be the best receiver. You never know.”

McDonald is open to any interested school. Right now, he is just waiting to see what opportunities come through.

“It’s a waiting game for me,” he said. “I’m just doing my part in school, keeping my grades up.”

He was impressed by what he saw out of Virginia Tech this season, especially on Saturday