June 15, 2024

The Polynesian Bowl received a boost with the commitment of Chuck McDonald, a standout defensive back from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. McDonald, recently elevated in the 247Sports Rankings, now stands as one of the top corner prospects nationally, moving up to No. 115 from No. 151.

Possessing a blend of size, athleticism, and instinct, McDonald has demonstrated his versatility both on the field and in track, where he posted an impressive 10.84-second time in the 100m dash. At nearly 6-1 and 195 pounds, McDonald showcases the ability to excel in various defensive positions, whether lining up wide or in the slot, complemented by his adept ball skills and coverage awareness.

4-Star DB Chuck McDonald III recaps Alabama visit

His excitement for the Polynesian Bowl stems not only from the opportunity to showcase his talents but also from a personal connection, having been born in Honolulu before relocating to California as a child. Eager to immerse himself in Polynesian culture and follow in the footsteps of past Mater Dei players who participated in the game, McDonald anticipates a memorable experience on the field and off.

Recognized as a premier high school all-star event, the Polynesian Bowl uniquely combines football with a celebration of culture, drawing national attention with live coverage on the NFL Network. McDonald’s recruitment remains active, with a final list of Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, and USC. While he has extensively visited USC, Oregon left a lasting impression on him during his recent trip. With strong ties to various coaching staffs and programs, McDonald is poised to make his college decision before his senior year kicks off, adding another chapter to his promising football journey.

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