College coaches search for athleticism when recruiting offensive line prospects and Whitehouse (OH) Anthony Wayne standout Andrew Donnal believes his athleticism is his biggest strength.
"When I talk to college coaches they say that I'm a lot more athletic than most offensive tackles," said Donnal. "I'm also a basketball player, so that helps with my athleticism. I feel like I have really good footwork and it helps me to get linebackers and pull from the tackle position. Overall, my athleticism is my biggest strength.
"If I had to pick something I need to improve on it would probably be staying lower. I tend to come off the ball a little high sometimes so I need to work on that."
Checking in at 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Donnal stated he's been timed as low as 4.90 in the 40-yard dash... he was timed at 4.91 last year at Ohio State's camp. His athleticism allows him to excel at defensive end, where some schools have offered the chance to play. However, Donnal said he'll be playing offensive tackle in college.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 33 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, he already holds several offers.
"I have around 25 offers," said Donnal. "My first offer came last football season from Stanford, and they've been coming in pretty steady ever since then.
"Some of the other schools that have offered me are Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, and Michigan."
Living in the heart of Big Ten country, and with several Big Ten offers on the table, some might think it will be hard for schools outside of that conference to land Donnal. Is that the case?
"Not at all," he stated. "I don't think distance from home is going to matter. When I go to college I'm going to be pretty busy so I don't think distance is going to be a factor. I'm not just a Big Ten guy... I'm looking for the best school."
Donnal admits that he grew up a huge fan of Ohio State, but the Buckeyes have yet to extend a scholarship offer.
"I've always liked Ohio State," said Donnal. "I went to their camp last year, and I'm going back this year for a camp. They haven't offered me yet, but I think they just want to evaluate me again this year and go from there."
Donnal has already visited Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, and Notre Dame. He hopes to visit other schools this summer. One program under consideration is NC State.
"North Carolina State is definitely being considered by me," said Donnal. "The coaches came up on their visits to see me, and I've spoken with them over the phone a few times.
"The thing with North Carolina State is they are known for having good offensive linemen so that's a big reason why I'm considering them. Also, their coaching staff is really good... I like the coaches a lot so far."
Don't expect a quick decision from Donnal. He maintains that he is wide open and in no hurry to make a decision.
"I don't have a leader right now," he stated. "I'm pretty open. I'm just trying to gather as much information as I can and go from there. I'm going to take some more visits this summer and see what I like and don't like.
"I don't really have a timetable. I'm just staying open and trying to wait it out and see how things go. If one school does stick out I'll make my decision.
"The biggest factor is going to be feeling comfortable with where I'm going," Donnal added. "I want to feel comfortable with all of the coaches, and I want to feel good with the surroundings. I want to feel like I'm at home around good people. I also want to get a good education. That's a very big factor for me."