Hawaii gets much-needed depth at quarterback with Cole McDonald. He is from La Habra, California and attended Sonora High School.
As a senior, he earned second-team all-area honors from the Whittier Daily News.
He also appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star Game. When the game was all said and done, he left with MVP honors leading the East squad to a 34-6 win. He threw for a touchdown and rushed for another.
As a recruit McDonald was rated as high as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
His position: QB
His measurables: All his measurements are from his Nike SPARQ combine results.
|Height||6 feet 3 inches|
|40-yard Dash||4.90 seconds|
|20-yard Shuttle||4.47 seconds|
|Power Throw||37.5 feet|
In his years before UH: He started out his high school career with 580 passing yards paired and 199 rushing yards, with 7 total touchdowns. McDonald followed that up with 1,372 passing yards and 725 yards rushing while totaling 14 total touchdowns.
He finished his high school career completing 62.3% of his passes for 2,313 yards and 19 touchdowns. He added 1,091 yards rushing on 116 carries and scored 10 times. During this season, he led the Raiders to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs.
Along with football he also competed in the 100m and 200m relays.
Scouting report: 247Sports and ESPN list him as a pro-style quarterback but that seems to be a misleading label. He ran a whole lot in high school and his tape shows evidence of a dual-threat quarterback. He is quite elusive in tight quarters and throws the ball with ease. McDonald should be a nice fit in a spread offense.
Stay tuned for more recruiting news and analysis for Hawaii Football's 2016 recruiting class.