Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett linebacker Jayden McDonald made the site of his first offer a priority spring visit. That visit took place Saturday, which coincided with the annual “Rutgers Day” celebrations in New Brunswick and Piscataway.
McDonald spent the day on campus with academic meetings, film and a tour of the freshman dorms.
“We went over the defensive schemes, and watched the film of the spring game together,” McDonald said on time spend with defensive coordinator Jay Niemann and head coach Chris Ash. “We talked about how he would use me and how it would work. He wants me to play the SAM (linebacker) position. It's basically a hybrid. He likes my speed, so that's how he plans to use me.”
McDonald said he is closest with Niemann and wide receivers coach Jafar Williams, who recruits his area.
“I like what coach Niemann and coach Williams are telling me,” McDonald said. “They're talking to me every day about how I can be big in their program. They're on the come up. It's special that they believed in my talents before anyone else did. I always take that into consideration.”
By design, McDonald chose a visit weekend that allowed him to compete in the Nike Opening regional in Florham Park, N.J. McDonald competed as a linebacker against some of the East region's top running backs and tight ends.
“I know they have athletes up here, and it's close to Rutgers,” McDonald said. “That was the main reason I wanted to come up here to take that visit. I wanted to compete against some of the best up in New Jersey and represent my area.”
McDonald said he will not trim a list or name leaders until future visits. Rutgers was his only visit before the end of North Gwinnett's spring camp.