Of the 300 prospects that attended Mike London's final one-day camp several weeks ago, there was one defender that the Virginia head coach could not take his eyes off of. Woodrow Wilson linebacker Kareem McDonald, a former Old Dominion commit turned many heads, and performed well enough to score an elusive offer from the Cavaliers. UVa represented McDonald's 10th Division I offer, and instantly became the school to beat for his services.
On Tuesday afternoon, two days after another visit to grounds, McDonald brought his recruiting process to a close, becoming the 16th member of London's 2015 class.
McDonald selected the Cavaliers over offers from Toledo, Old Dominion, and Charlotte among others.
The 6-3, 220 pound defender knows a thing or two about turning a program around. McDonald spearheaded a historic season for Woodrow Wilson in 2013, as the Tigers reached the Turkey Bowl for the first time since 1991. Despite missing six games with a kidney ailment, McDonald had a productive junior season, recording 30 tackles and eight sacks. McDonald had dropped about 20 pounds from the kidney ailment, but is back to full strength and is ready for big things in 2014.
The rising senior is a defensive end for Woodrow Wilson, but at 6-3, 220 pounds, he is the ideal size for an outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta's system. The Wahoos will lose a pair of outside linebackers following this season, with Dequan Romero and D.J. Hill moving on.
McDonald's pledge could be the start of a big day for the Wahoos, as his good buddy, Ocean Lakes linebacker Jahvoni Simmons will make his decision at 5:00 p.m. tonight.