Donnal getting lots of early attention

One of the biggest JC offensive lineman in the country resides at Joliet Junior College and he's ready to make a name for himself this fall. Jason Donnal (6-3, 340) plays guard for the Wolves and he's already hearing from several BCS teams including one of the top programs in the country.

"USC called my coaches and wanted my tape," Donnal told recently. "They said they'd get back to them about me if they liked it."

Other schools recruiting Donnal include New Mexico, Illinois, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Iowa State, Kansas State and Arkansas.

"None of those schools have offered yet, but they all said I had a good spring and that they'll be watching me this fall," Donnal said. "I still have plenty of time to sit back and think about things and I want to take all my visits so I'm not in a big hurry."

Donnal prepped at Oletangy High School outside of Columbus, Ohio and knew early on he wasn't going to be able to sign a D-1 scholarship.

"My grades weren't where they needed to be so I wasn't really recruited," Donnal said. "Joliet is really close to home and they have a great program and do really well in getting guys moved on and that's really what my ultimate goal was because I wanted to play D-1 football."

Donnal started every game for head coach Tom Minnick and right away the veteran coach knew he had a special player.

"He put up a 4.9 forty in our spring testing and we don't fudge that stuff at all," Minnick told back in June. "It's legit and that's just scary for a guy that size to move that fast. He could probably play defensive tackle for us and be one of the best in the conference. He's just that talented.

"He's a guard for us this year, but he played tackle last year because he has excellent feet and he's got a nasty attitude out there."

Speaking of a nasty attitude, that's what Donnal likes best about playing guard.

"When I can pull and get out on a linebacker or a DB and just pound them, that's the best part," Donnal said. "I love being a smash-mouth guy and I take pride in getting to that second level and just hurting guys when they get in my way."

Donnal will graduate in May and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up. We'll have more from Donnal as the season draws closer.

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