MADISON, Ala. — Alabama defensive back commit Kyriq McDonald is officially done with the recruiting process.
McDonald, a 3-star prospect from James Clemens High School, signed his financial aid agreement during a ceremony at his school.
Those documents are non-binding. They protect the recruit by ensuring the school holds a scholarship for them, but the prospect is still free to choose any school. The benefit for the programs is that it allows for unlimited contact between the football staff and the recruit, even once the dead period went into effect at midnight on Sunday. He technically can sign as many financial aid agreements as he wants, but McDonald won’t be doing that.
He’ll be at Alabama next month starting his college career.
When McDonald gets to Alabama, he has one goal in mind.
“I am ring-chasing,” McDonald said. “That’s what hard work gets you — rings. Hard work pays off.”
All the 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect knows is hard work. After fantastic performances in camp this spring and summer, McDonald earned his offer from Alabama on June 18. Even before that date, he knew the Crimson Tide would eventually offer because McDonald knew the work he put in to get to that point.
“I grew up in a single-parent home and worked for everything I have,” McDonald said. “Everything I got, I worked for. I’m strong-minded. I had it in my mind that I was going to play football and be somebody. I wasn’t going to stay in Madison and stay home. I was going to make it.”
McDonald’s versatility is the main thing the Alabama staff loves about his game. He can play cornerback, star, nickelback and both safety positions in college. For James Clemens, he lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, every defensive back position and kick/punt returner.
The nation’s No. 43 cornerback will either major in mechanical engineering or computer science at Alabama.
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