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Isaac McDonald Commit No. 9 for WVU

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Score another victory for West Virginia over Clemson this year.

On Saturday, Isaac McDonald committed to the Mountaineers football team for the 2013 season.

McDonald, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound defender from Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah, Fla., had been committed to Clemson, but WVU running backs coach Robert Gillespie continued his pursuit of the athlete and eventually he took back his commitment.

Listed at both outside linebacker and safety, West Virginia envisions McDonald as another Robert Sands for the future of the program, and that is just fine with the rising senior.

In fact, McDonald makes no secret of the fact that Sands has long been an idol of his for the way he was able to play the position with the size he had. Associate head coach Steve Dunlap, who worked with Sands in his time at WVU, is the lone remaining defensive coach from those years.

While the 2012 Orange Bowl participants were the top two programs on McDonald's list, they were hardly alone in their quest to acquire his commitment. Notre Dame, Louisville, Stanford and South Carolina are just a few of the teams to offer the 3-star athlete a scholarship for 2013.

McDonald did confirm his commitment Saturday but was unavailable for an interview. We expect to have more with the ninth member of the 2013 class later this weekend.

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