SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — With the All-American Bowl ahead of him, Waco Connally’s Jelani McDonald made a verbal commitment to the Texas Longhorns.
Playing for Team West at the Alamodome All-Star Game, McDonald chose the Longhorns over TCU and Oklahoma State on the air. A two-way star for the Cadets this season, McDonald is listed by 247Sports as a 4-star wide receiver, although he played defensive end and quarterback this season. Defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Jeff Choate managed McDonald’s recruiting for the Longhorns.
McDonald has averaged 11.1 yards per carry this season, passing for 852 yards on 77 attempts with nine touchdowns. He passed for 707 yards and 13 touchdowns without throwing an interception. On defense, he hit 10 tackles, including four quarterback sacks and an interception.
247Sports ranked the No. 20 rookie at Texas and the No. 5 player with an honors athlete position, meaning he could potentially play multiple positions at the college level. He told 247Sports he expects to play mostly defensively as a linebacker or nickel-back.
While the early signing period for footballers was 21-23 December, the regular period starts on 1 February. Given that his verbal commitment is less than a month away, it is likely that he will sign the contract that day.
According to 247Sports, Texas’ recruiting class is ranked 3rd in the nation.