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Early signing period: 2021 DE Derek McDonald signs with Syracuse

A Peach state athlete with accomplished academics will head north

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Boston College at Syracuse Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

College football’s early signing period begins today for the recruiting class of 2021. As part of that, the Syracuse Orange are adding new recruits starting Wednesday (through maybe Friday). As each player signs their name (and faxes it in, of course), we’re posting profiles here on TNIAAM to introduce all of the new faces. Next up is Derek McDonald, a defensive end/tight end from the Peach State.

Twitter feed: @derekmcd21

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Previous School: The Marist School

Stats: 6’4”, 230 lbs.

Commitment date: May 5, 2020

Position: Tight End/Defensive End

Ratings: 3 starts from everyone

Other Offers: McDonald’s offer list might not impress football analysts but guidance counselors would love seeing Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn and Dartmouth offers.

Dino’s projected nickname: “When it comes to this recruit I’m lovin’ it”

Player Breakdown: McDonald would appear to be a developmental project but one with a high intellect based on those Ivy League offers. His versatility could be an asset for the Orange in the future. Based on roster projections he might see the field quicker on defense as his athleticism could be used in pass-rushing situations.