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Donnal Gives the Latest
Andrew Donnal is well into double digit offers and soon, may add more to the list. "I have not really had any offers recently," he said, "The most recent would be Syracuse and South Florida." While the offers may not have been coming, that does not mean recruiting has been slow. Many coaches have stopped by the school and several have told him exactly what he needs to do to earn an offer. "I've had coaches from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Syracuse come by. The two, Ohio State and Notre Dame both haven't offered. They want me to go to camp really to evaluate me, so either of those two would be the most likely ones to offer next." Both of those will be stops he makes this summer along with several others. "I will be at both Notre Dame and Ohio State for camps," he said, "and Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, are some of the other ones and Maryland." Since those schools have all offered, he will likely just visit them and not actually work out. One of the first trips he will take will be to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines' BBQ at the Big House. "I really like coaches there. I talk to them a lot. I know Elliott Mealer and Kevin Koger. When I was up there, I spoke to them; they're from my area. They said their experience there has been great." The Spartans of Michigan State are another Big Ten school Donnal has been impressed with, saying, "I've been up there a couple times and I like them a lot. They have a really good coaching staff. I like all coaches there. The facilities at the school are amazing. It's really good school." As for Iowa, Donnal says the tradition of linemen there is a big reason he is taking a visit there. "It definitely is a big consideration," he explained. A bit of a wild card in the picture is Maryland. Of all the trips he has planned so far, the Terrapins are the one school outside of Big Ten territory, but he does have some ties to the school. "Actually, another kid from our school, Travis Baltz, is the kicker there. I talked to him and he has a lot of positives to say and I like the coaches there. So I'm going to come on a visit and I really want to try to see a little bit of Maryland." Donnal says he is trying to narrow his list down to around ten schools, but knows that a Buckeye offer or a Fighting Irish offer this summer would make things more difficult. "If they offered, they definitely would have to be considered."
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