ACC All Access: OL Jack McDonald becomes rare Virginia football commitment from state of Massachusetts

In the last decade, Virginia football has made itself at home recruiting in the Northeast, but the state of Massachusetts didn't render much talent for U.Va. until last year when wide receiver Canaan Severin from Marlborough, Mass. pledged to the Cavaliers.

He won't be the only representative from Massachusetts on U.Va.'s roster in 2013, as Jack McDonald from Dorchester, Mass. has committed to the program. McDonald, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman, confirmed his college intentions Monday night via his Twitter account (@Jack_McDonald73) with the phrase "Just committed to the University of Virginia."

McDonald, who is a rising senior at Boston College High, also has scholarship offers from Boston College, North Carolina, Miami, Connecticut, Maryland, Duke and Massachusetts. His final decision came down to U.Va., BC and UNC.

He's considered by some recruiting analysts to be among the nation's top 45 offensive guard prospects, while other analysts see him as one of the nation's top 65 offensive tackles. He's the 14th commitment for U.Va.'s 2013 recruiting class.

While Severin and McDonald are currently slated to be U.Va.'s only representatives of the state of Massachusetts in '13, the Cavaliers are in on other recruits from the state. U.Va. has had on its roster in the last 10 years multiple scholarship players from the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, plus a player from Delaware and even a few Ontario, Canada natives, but Massachusetts hadn't produced anything for U.Va. in that time frame in the form of scholarship players prior to the '12 class.

McDonald is the second offensive lineman to commit for U.Va.'s '13 class, and the ninth out-of-state commitment. Feb. 6 will be the first day recruits can sign a letter of intent.


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