Entering 2017 season
Three-year letterwinner at Northwest High School in Justin, Texas ... According to MaxPreps, recorded three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a blocked punt over his career ... Totaled a school-record 290 tackles over his career ... Was a first-team all-state selection ... Was a two-time first-team all-district pick ... Was an academic all-state honoree ... Named a Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) defensive player-of-the-year nominee ... Was the team's defensive player of the year three times ... A three-star recruit by ESPN, 247sports and Scout, and a two-star recruit by Rivals ... Received a grade of 80 by 247sports and 72 from ESPN ... Scout had him as the 10th-best linebacker recruit in the talent-rich state of Texas 2017 recruiting class ... Also was a four-year letterwinner for the track & field team, qualifying for the state meet, as well as the district, area and regional championships.
Caden Blaine McDonald was born Aug. 13, 1998, in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Son of Mike and Jill McDonald ... Picked SDSU over numerous other offers, including Army West Point, Air Force, North Texas, UTSA, Bowling Green, Fresno State, Northwestern State, Lamar, Brown, Cornell and Penn ... Undecided on a major.