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SI All-American Candidate Derek McDonald Highlights and Evaluation

Derek McDonald is an athlete prospect from Marist School in Atlanta, Ga. McDonald is an SI All-American candidate.

Prospect: Derek McDonald 

Projected Position: Athlete

Status: SI All-American candidate 

Vitals: 6-foot-4, 230 pounds 

Position: Tight End/Defensive End 

School: Atlanta (Ga.) Marist School 

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Committed to: Syracuse 

Frame: Long, well-distributed athlete with room to add mass to upper body and improve lateral quickness. 

Athleticism: Two-way player with impeccable length and relentless play-style. Has the opportunity to play tight end or as a hybrid edge rusher at the next level. Explosive with his reach and punch on defense, and he moves well for his size but can improve short-area quickness. 

Instincts: Anticipates well and is aware of his surroundings. He pursues effectively on defense, but will occasionally take a negative step. 

Polish: Room to grow as frame continues to fill out and add mass and definition, but has a high ceiling because of his frame and versatility. Relentless play-style and he seems to enjoy contact. He can improve his lateral quickness and short-area bursts to improve his overall game. 

Bottom Line: McDonald is a prospect who possesses a high-ceiling because of his versatility and frame. He displays a relentless play-style and excellent anticipation. He comes from a high profile program that produces complete players, and he appears to be on the right track. He will be a multi-year contributor at the Power 5 level.