Donaldson felt that East Carolina was the best place for him.
"ECU was right for me," he said. "Even if I don't make it to the NFL, I can still get a good degree. It's just a good fit."
The coaching staff played a big part in Donaldson's decision.
"I like the coaching staff – the coaching staff is amazing," said the 6-foot-3, 258-pound prospect. "They make you feel like you are at home and are very family-oriented. They take care of you."
"ECU was the only school that sent the defensive coordinator, my recruiting coach, and my position coach to see me. I just felt like they really wanted me."
The Vance standout also liked the environment in Greenville.
"The school is beautiful," said Donaldson. "The fans are very nice and it is just a nice place. I also don't know anyone there, so it will be like a fresh start."
Donaldson feels good about his decision.
"I'm 100 percent committed to East Carolina," he said. "If I do take any other visits, it would just be to see a place and experience it – but I probably want take any."
Donaldson transferred back to Vance from Davidson (N.C.) Day School for his senior season. With his college decision made, he is focused on his senior season.
"I just want to win the conference and to go far in the state playoffs," he said. "My personal goals are to have 20 sacks and at least 60 tackles."