One of two prospects to sign with the Huskies from Texas this year, inside linebacker Cooper McDonald has officially become a Dawg. He chose the Huskies over heavy interest from both Utah and Baylor. Kyle Whittingham at Utah and Matt Rhule at Baylor are two of the better defensive coaches in college football, consistently putting really tough units on the field. So if they both want a prospect, that is a good sign.
McDonald was rated as a 3-star prospect by the 247 Sports Composite and the 48th ranked inside linebacker in the country. He stands around 6-2 and 220 pounds, and shows really nice vision and feel for the flow of plays. He’s a sure tackler who will bring a player down once he gets his hands on him. He won the gold medal in the discus throw at the Texas Track and Field Championships, which ideally will translate into strike power and ability to get off blocks. His highlights show a number of snaps with him as the wildcat QB, again showing his high football IQ and feel for the game.
He will enroll this summer for the LEAP program. Inside linebacker is a crowded position on the Washington roster with 7 players fighting for 2 spots in the 2 grades above McDonald. But there’s also opportunity with opening day starters Kyler Manu and Brandon Wellington both graduating. Welcome to Montlake, Cooper!