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Kimball/White Lake's Donald selects SDSU football


KIMBALL—Kimball/White Lake lineman Bo Donald has established himself as a dominant force in the South Dakota 9-man football ranks. Now the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder has made a decision on where he intends to play at the next level.

Donald recently announced his commitment to play for South Dakota State University next fall via Twitter. The choice came down to just two schools—North Dakota State University and SDSU—although he says Wyoming has shown interest recently. In the end, the Jackrabbits felt like the right choice for him.

"They just make you feel at home and the facilities are amazing," Donald said. "It's a nice place. I can really fit in there well."

Given that Donald was a 6-foot-5, 220-pound freshman for the WiLdKats just a few years ago, it would make sense if Donald was heavily recruited throughout high school. That wasn't the case, however, as he was off the recruiting radar during the early portion of his high school career.

An injury kept him out of action during his sophomore season, and it wasn't until he attended the Riggs Premier Football Combine in Sioux Falls during the summer of 2017 that he began to attract the attention of college recruiters.

Donald went on to help propel Kimball/White Lake to the Class 9AA semifinals in 2017, while also being named as an all-state honorable mention selection following the season.

"Last year, he was a big part of our team," Kimball/White Lake head coach Dale Taylor said. "He anchored us as a center and on the defensive line and this year is where we've really seen him excel. He controls the line of scrimmage, both offensively and defensively."

Donald says he hasn't spoken to the coaches about playing time yet, but the Jackrabbits intend to use him as an offensive tackle or as an offensive guard once he arrives in Brookings.

Taylor believes Donald's biggest strength as a player is his athleticism, which should make the transition from center easier.

"I think it's his athletic ability that stands out and I think that's what so many colleges saw in him," Taylor said. "He's able to move. He's not only big, but he can move pretty good."

Donald is currently sidelined with a leg injury, but he expects to return in a few weeks for Kimball/White Lake, which currently sits at 2-1 on the year.