Intensity is the key to Donnal's game

Joliet OL Jason Donnal (6-3, 320) has been a popular player with four-year programs this fall and he's getting ready to start setting up some visits in the next week or two. Read on to find out what schools have increased their attention on the physically imposing lineman from northeastern Illinois.

"We're doing well this year," Donnal said. "Last year I played a lot of tackle and guard, but this year I've pretty much been playing guard and I like that a little more than tackle because with tackle you have to be a little more passive, but as a guard and can get out and pull and be much more aggressive."

The Wolves are off to a 6-2 start and Donnal has helped pave the way for RB Anthony Stewart who is averaging 98 yards per game on the ground and for his team which is averaging 195 on the ground every game.

"We've got some talented backs and stuff," Donnal said. "The coaches preach about our intensity and our 'get off' so that's been something that we've taken to heart."

On the recruiting front, Donnal has take an unofficial visit to Illinois and has been impressed with what he's seen from the Illini so far this season.

"I have a buddy that goes to school up there so I went and visited him and checked out the campus and stuff," Donnal said. "I liked it a lot and they are playing big-time ball and they are doing well so that's pretty cool.

"Buffalo is another school that's been pretty serious about me recently. Of all the schools recruiting me, they are the ones that want me at D-tackle and that's what I love to play so I'm pretty serious about looking at them."

Other schools making contact with Donnal's coaches have been Arkansas, Iowa State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Oregon State.

"I don't have any offers that I know of, but my coach told me he wouldn't tell me anyway because I'd get a big head," Donnal said with a laugh. "I'm going to start setting up some trips soon and my coaches and I will sit down and talk about who's been the most serious."

We'll have more from Donnal in the coming weeks as he begins to set up his visits.

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