Massaponax lineman Teagan McDonald commits to ODU (Twitter Photo)
Teagan McDonald verbally commits to ODU
by John Harvey, recruitNoVA
Coaches believe that most football games are won and lost at the line of scrimmage.
Teagan McDonald is a product of that belief as one of the most dominant offensive lineman in high school football in the state.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound rising senior announced Thursday night that he planned to continue perfecting his craft at the next level by verbally committing to play at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
McDonald has been a force in the Fredericksburg since taking up the sport at the age of 5. He started in the Fredericksburg Area Youth Football league with the Colts and moved on to play high school football at Freedom, Riverbend and now Massaponax.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of those coaches,” McDonald wrote in a Twitter post after announcing his college decision. “I want to thank all of the schools that showed interest and provided offers.”
As a junior, he was a first-team, Class 6 Region B selection as a left tackle for a Riverbend team that lost to Manchester in the regional playoffs. McDonald is adept as a run blocker and pass protection and has great footwork to stay on his block.
This spring he was a fixture on the recruiting trail as he visited numerous college programs to work out for coaches, including the College of William and Mary and ODU.
A workout warrior, McDonald’s statistics speak for themselves. He boasts a 360-bench press and posted a 410-pound squad. The Riverbend product registered 305 pounds in the power clean lift.
His work in the classroom is just as impressive. McDonald enters the season with a 4.19 grade-point average.
The rising senior said he was completely satisfied with his decision.
“ODU was the first to make an offer and where I truly felt at home,” McDonald said. “I’m excited to say that I have now verbally committed to ODU. Thank you to Coach Wilder, Coach Bankins, Coach Malone and Coach Scott. Thank you to my family and for always supporting me and giving up your time to help me reach my goals.”
– John Harvey