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4-star DT Kayden McDonald plays for North Gwinnett High School in Metro Atlanta.

Kayden McDonald: Elite 4-star in-state DT says Tray Scott is already like an ‘uncle’ to him

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry offered up the first DawgNation.com read on 4-star DT prospect Kayden McDonald out of North Gwinnett High School in Metro Atlanta.


Kayden McDonald already has a 4-star ranking and a “K Bo” nickname to go along with that status. But he also has the legit highlight film and stat sheet covered on an impressive resume in the 2023 cycle.

McDonald also recently called out the Bulldogs as one of only a handful of teams that were currently recruiting him well enough to earn his eventual commitment.

“Wisconsin, NC State and Georgia,” he said.

That’s a meaningful status as he feels he is eyeing a commitment date this December.

He was able to see Georgia and NC State in the South this summer. McDonald also trekked up north to check out Michigan State and Wisconsin over the open period in the summer.

The Bulldogs were his last visit. Georgia continues to rate very highly here.

“It is the hometown,” McDonald said. “Coach [Tray] Scott is like an uncle to me. He’s already taught me a lot. I really like Georgia. The program. The facilities. The players. I know a lot of players there that are [already] like family to me. That’s how I feel about Georgia.”

Scott and head coach Kirby Smart are among the best things he likes about UGA right now.

“Just the brand he has for Georgia,” McDonald said. “The whole state. The brand for the whole country. Top 5 program. Just a very great program. I’d be honored to be a part of it.”

McDonald said he’s gotten word from Smart that his commitment would be welcomed at any time.

“Yes, sir,” McDonald said. “Very great coach. Kind of reminds me of my head coach Bill Stewart here. I would just love to play for him.”

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4-star North Gwinnett DT Kayden McDonald is a big name to know in the class of 2023. He stopped for a photo here at the Corky Kell Classic luncheon last week with North Gwinnett assistant coach Justin Bacile.
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Barrett Carter said Kayden McDonald was the next big thing

It was a day back in simpler times. DawgNation was at North Gwinnett to check out All-American LB Barrett Carter in late September of 2019.

Carter, who went on to sign with Clemson, was asked who was going to be the next big thing for his program.

The answer was immediate: Kayden McDonald.

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