McDonald calls the Florida Gators one of his top schools

The Florida Gators hosted many of their top targets on campus at the end of July for Friday Night Lights and the cookout.

Defensive lineman Kayden McDonald (6-3, 310, Suwanee, GA. North Gwinnett) was on campus on Saturday and he enjoyed the events the staff had planned for the recruits.

“I didn’t have much time because I had to get back to Georgia for a 7:30 AM team meeting on Sunday,” McDonald said on his visit to Florida for the Gators cookout. “I had fun, and the scavenger hunt and dance competition were too lit.”

While on campus McDonald had the full court press put on him as everyone on the coaching staff and support staff made sure to talk with him and show him, he was wanted at Florida.

“I talked to all of the coaches,” he said on the coaches he spent time with during the visit. “The whole staff made sure to interact with everybody.”

Defensive line coach Sean Spencer has been the main contact for McDonald, but everyone had a message for the Georgia defensive lineman about why he’s wanted at Florida.

“The coaches say I’m a priority to them,” McDonald said on the message from the staff. “They say they want me to be a Gator and they pretty much text every day telling me that.”

This is the second time for McDonald to visit Gainesville and he says his relationship with the coaching staff has grown and he believes in what Billy Napier is building.

“Coach Nape is building a championship team,” he said on what he thinks of the coaching staff. “The coaching staff treats me like family, and we have a close relationship with each other now.”

Clemson and Georgia have been talked about a lot in McDonald’s recruitment so far and the defensive lineman says the Gators are also up there and he hopes to make a commitment this fall.

“Florida is one of my top schools,” McDonald said. “I’m planning to make a decision in October.”

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.