Oakland High School's long pipeline of sending defensive backs to the college ranks added has continued as rising senior De'Arre McDonald committed this week to Ole Miss.
"It felt like family and I really liked it all," McDonald said of his visit to Ole Miss. "I've got to credit my coaches. They just teach us and put us out there to play.
"I'm really looking forward to it and it's going to be fun. I'm going to have to get better, but I can't wait."
McDonald, a four-star recruit, is an incredible 6-2, 190 athlete who also played for Oakland's state tournament basketball team.
He is the fourth Patriot secondary member to commit to a Power 5 conference school. Woodi Washington committed to Oklahoma last year, while Kaleb Oliver and JaCoby Stevens committed to Georgia Tech and LSU, respectively, in 2017.
"He's just a freak athlete," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "He's a guy who can go out and catch a couple of balls on offense, play defense and then go score 20 points in the state tournament in basketball. That's what he did."
Creasy said not only has Oakland produced four Power 5 conference players, but its success at defensive back goes beyond that.
"De'arre makes the fourth Power 5 defensive back we've had, but we did a little sheet on that," he said. "Every starter we've had at defensive back has gone on to play college ball since we got here in 2015. Some walked on at big schools, some went to small schools and some went to big schools."
Although other programs will likely still recruit McDonald -- as commitments are non-binding -- Creasy said he's glad the senior has the decision behind him.
"I like them to get that distraction out of the way," he said. "You can only go to one school. A lot of our guys are already kind of tired of the recruiting process. For him to go ahead and commit I think that's good."