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Top metro football player ruled ineligible for next season

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 05/16/19, 6:30PM CDT


Minnehaha Academy’s Craig McDonald, who has verbally committed to Iowa State, is appealing a Minnesota State High School League decision in a case stemming from his family’s decision to have him repeat eighth grade.

SMB safety/receiver Craig McDonald celebrates a touchdown in a victory over Orono in 2018.

Minnehaha Academy junior Craig McDonald, one of the top football recruits in Minnesota, has been declared ineligible to play in the 2019-20 season by the Minnesota State High School League.

A 6-2, 185-pound safety who played a key role in the 2018 Class 4A championship run of the SMB Wolfpack – the three-school cooperative also includes St. Paul Academy and Blake – McDonald is currently the No. 6-ranked player in Minnesota by 247 Sports and No. 7 by Rivals.com. He also played wide receiver and returned kicks for the Wolfpack, accumulating 1,650 all-purpose yards, scored 13 touchdowns and had four interceptions. He has made a verbal commitment to Iowa State.

Click here to read Jim Paulsen's story on the Star Tribune' Preps Insider blog.

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