KC Notebook: Jake McDonough

Brian Finley checks in with notes and quotes on Jake McDonough from the Kansas City Scout.com combine.

Name: Jake McDonough

Height: 6-6

Weight: 225

Position: DE

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Schools of Interest: Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas (Offered), Louisville


(On his unofficial visits)

Every school I've been to has been great. It's going to be tough. There are a lot of good schools out there that are interested in me. I'd like to get it over with by the end of the summer.

(On possible position changes at the college level)

Louisville said that they want me to go to their OL/DL camp. That's what I've been hearing a lot of. As far as I know, they've got me just on the line right now, but Louisville, their TE Coach, their OL coach and their DL coach have been talking to me.


McDonough was one of the most physically impressive athletes at the camp. Many lineman there were bulky for the sake of being bulky, but Jake was well built without much extra baggage. College strength and conditioning coaches will appreciate this, as they won't spend the first year losing the "bad weight" before putting on "good weight." As he got into the timed drills, Jake seemed visibly disappointed by his 4.91 and 4.94 40-yard dash times, but put it behind him to put on a show in the individual drills and one-on-ones. For the first several trips through one-on-ones, he dominated his opponent before they figured out "his move." After they did, he switched up and started using his entire repertoire, dominating from them on. The 4.91 and 4.94 don't adequately describe the speed that Jake used to get leverage on someone's outside shoulder. He's not quite big enough to go through many top-shelf linemen right now, but he'll sure as heck get around you before you know what's hit you. Jake also showed the ability to receive coaching well, taking suggestions and input from Scout.com staff on hand and integrating it into his attack the next time out. That's the sort of thing that'll help get Jake offers this summer as he hits camps.

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