McDonough Visits Iowa City

Jake McDonough, a 6-5, 225 pound DE out of Valley HS in Wes Des Moines, Iowa visited Iowa City this weekend with teammate Joe Johnson. Read more about his visit, his recruitment and his future plans in this premium recruiting update.

Jake McDonough, a 6-5, 225 pound DE from Valley HS in Wes Des Moines, Iowa was in Iowa City this weekend along with teammate Joe Johnson for another Iowa junior day.

"It went really well," McDonough said of the visit. "We toured the facilities and stuff like that, then sat in on some player meetings. After the player meetings, we sat around and watched them practice, watched our positions and stuff like that. After that, we went back to Kinnick and chatted with the coaches while eating pizza."

The meetings in particular stood out for Jake.

"I was very surprised when we were able to sit in on the player meetings," he said. "They split it up into individual groups, I thought that was really cool. We sat with the players and watched the film of them practicing. It was just really cool being able to watch the college athletes work."

Early in the process, these sorts of visits really help educate a young athlete about a particular school, especially if they have a specific area they're hoping to learn more about.

"I just wanted to see how they coached," he said. "I know (Former Iowa DL coach Ron) Aiken had moved to Arizona, and they had a new defensive line coach step in. I wanted to see how he did and stuff like that, how he coached. I was very impressed with what I saw up at Iowa."

Jake said plenty of schools have talked about getting him into summer camps, with offers possibly coming at those camps, but a few schools stand out to him early on.

"As of right now, it'd be Iowa and Iowa State #1 and #2," he said. "Other schools that have been contacting me are Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Illinois, Notre Dame, and Louisville."

We'll check in with Jake throughout the process.

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