McDonald named UA wide receivers coach


FAYETTEVILLE — George McDonald, who is regarded as one of the nation’s top recruiters, has been added to Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s staff.

The former Miami Hurricanes assistant and Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach will work with Arkansas’ wideouts. He is the fifth assistant coach to agree to terms with the Razorbacks in the past two weeks, joining offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, defensive coordinator Chris Ash, offensive line coach Sam Pittman and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

“George McDonald has a reputation as a top recruiter as well as a great teacher and technician,” Bielema said in a news release Wednesday night. “In his heart, he has always wanted to be a college coach because he believes in recruiting young men and being a part of helping them develop for four years. He will be a positive influence on our wide receivers as they grow and learn under his guidance.”

The 36-year-old joined the Miami staff in 2011 as receivers coach and added passing game coordinator to his responsibilities for the 2012 season. While at Miami, McDonald helped the Hurricanes compile a top 10 recruiting class in 2012.

McDonald was rated as one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com.

McDonald joined Al Golden’s Miami staff after spending two seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, where he worked with wideouts like Josh Cribbs, Braylon Edwards and Mohamed Massaquoi. McDonald — who was a two-sport athlete at Illinios — also had coaching stints at Minnesota (2007-08), Western Michigan (2005-06), Stanford (2004) and Northern Illinois (2001-03).

Some of McDonald’s pupils include current Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings, who played at Western Michigan. McDonald has worked with 10 receivers who played in the NFL during his career as a college football assistant.

“His track record of developing NFL-ready receivers and his first-hand experience as a position coach in the league will be attractive to our student-athletes and future Razorback receivers,” Bielema said in the news release Wednesday night.

“He knows what it takes to be an NFL receiver and has the ability to teach our players how to be a pro in every aspect so they can maximize their potential in college and set themselves up for a career on the next level.”

McDonald’s terms with Arkansas were not available Wednesday night. McDonald will meet with the media via teleconference this morning.