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Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett four-star defensive tackle Kayden McDonald originally planned to see Florida for the Gators Orange & Blue Game back in April. However, when he was unable to make it in, he told Inside the Gators that UF would be his first visit in the month of June.
He lived up to his word this past weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 325-pounder shared his thoughts on the visit, his talks with the UF players, and his plans going forward.
- McDonald is the No. 288 ranked prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.
- Though he wasn't on an official visit, McDonald said he felt like he had a player host because he spent so much time with fellow defensive tackle Chris McClellan. He said he also spent time around Chief Borders and Donovan McMillon.
- McDonald will take an official visit to Michigan State later this month (6/24) and said he will take unofficial visits to Michigan and NC State.
- He has a couple of ties to Florida staff members. His mentor, Mr. Gilmore knows Sean Spence from his Penn State days. Also, his mother is really good friends with the Atlanta Gator Club President.
What did he do while on campus: "We went to the Hawkins Center for academics, toured the whole campus, and stadium. I chilled with some of the players and recruits last night [Saturday]."
The players and coaches message to him: "They said Coach [Billy] Napier is building something special. I talked to the whole staff. Even though they had official visitors there, Coach Spencer and Coach Napier spent time with me. Me and Coach Chaos are real cool. They talked about my film and how would fit into the defense."
On his main takeaway from the visit: "They really have no depth at defensive tackle."
When he might return to town: "I'm going to take a Florida OV. We are working on it [visit date]."
While McDonald may be above average size-wise, that doesn't mean he thinks he’s invincible. He said that the funniest thing that happened during his visit is when they were touring the campus. "They took us to Lake Alice and it was low-key scary. I let out a scream when I saw a gator pop up out of the water."
— Kayden (@KMac_DT) June 4, 2022