This time of year many prep football players are seeing interest grow or
decline. Many reasons may cause this. Poor showings in the early part of their
senior year, or schools they wanted to be recruited by have passed them by, with
that interest drops. On the other hand great showings during the first few weeks
and coaches getting a chance to see players in person can make offers come and
One player we have spoke about on OPS is seeing the latter this fall. As a
junior, Shawn Donaldson saw interest from some of the MAC schools. With offers
from Ball State and Kent in hand Shawn knew that he had some talent. During the
spring and summer, Shawn hit the camping trail of many schools in the Midwest.
If he wasn't able to camp he made visits to schools and check them out in case
they would have interest latter in the process. In speaking with Shawn's father
he told OPS. "If a school sent information and showed interest in Shawn, we felt
it was our responsibility to try and visit. We made sure the interest was not
just part of regular recruiting. If in our conversation a school told us, Yes!
We really are looking at Shawn, a trip was planed for camp or visit. Some even
became visits at latter dates during the early part of the season."
Well, all I can say is great job Donaldson family. By taking extra steps and
getting Shawn out into view of college coaches you have raised the level of
interest in him by many programs. Many of our sources are telling us that Shawn
has raised his level of play this year, and playing as well if not better than
Chauncey Incarnato ( Notre Dame ) in the first five weeks of the season. Our
sources are saying offers from Northwestern, Maryland, Kentucky and Miami of
Ohio could come in the next week or so.
In talking with Mr. Donaldson about the possible offers he informed OPS. "At
this time we have chosen to keep all recruiting talk between the colleges, Coach
Ifft and our family. I will say that all of the schools you mention have
been in contact. We want Shawn to work and focus on the season at
hand. This season Dover has a special team that's working hard for a playoff
berth. Each week they take another step closer to the goals they have made for
2003, and we don‘t want recruiting to get in the way. Shawn has some offers and
were looking at each of them with great interest. All of the schools who have
offered have been great, and each one is special in its own way. As a family we
are looking to put recruiting behind us in the next two - three weeks. We don't
want any distractions to affect what Shawn and his teammates have worked so hard
We would like to thank Mr. Donaldson for his time and the information that
he's shared with OPS. Having seen Shawn at camp and on film I have a strong
feeling the offers our sources are talking about will happen. Shawn is able to
play all of the O-line positions. We see him as a center, but depending on the
program he could also be a guard or tackle. OPS will keep up with Shawn and
other top players from around the state.
This time of year some players rise and other fall. Here is one on the rise.
OPS speaks with the father of one Ohio prospect about what schools his son is seeing interest from.