Jayden McDonald | Salem High School | DB/WR | 2021

Twitter: @jaybreezy_06

Q: Tell us about your high school career and what the recruiting process has been like thus far. 

A: Freshman year, went and won state championship. Declared All-State, All-Region, defensive back junior year. Stood out as an All-American top defensive back at Blue & Grey combine. Top defensive back at Appalachian Prep Combine. 


Q: When did you receive your first offer and what school was it from? How many offers have you received thus far? 

A: Duquesne, an hour later, the same day, also received an offer from Marshall.


Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: Being among the elite to get 12 D1 offers.


Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at your school?

A: Learning how to lead by example and speak up. 


Q: What have you learned during this unique time in 2020? What did you focus on or accomplish during Quarantine?

A: Becoming a better athlete and building my body and preparing for the next level.


Q: If you could play in college, what would you choose to major in? What are your plans if football doesn’t work out?

A: I would choose to major in either business, marketing or sports broadcasting.


Q: What would your current teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: Look at me as a leader and a high performer on the football field.


Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career so far?

A: Junior year, 2019, played against Blacksburg in our 4th game of the season. I had two interceptions and the last one sealed the game out!


Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: My biggest challenge was not having fluent hips and not getting my head around. I work with a trainer 3x a week working with it.


Q: If you could compare yourself to a collegiate or pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: Isaiah Simmons, with my size and athletics I am built to be a dominant hybrid.


Q: What is your biggest strength and why should college coaches & scouts consider you?

A: Size, speed, my aggressiveness, my versatility on the defensive side of the ball and ability to cover receivers. 


Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?

A: Yes, I feed the homeless at the RAM House in Roanoke. I do the Feed and Read where I pack bags of food for the less fortunate kids. I participate in a food pantry at my school that is ran by my mother. Last year we went and performed a step show at the surrounding schools in the area and also at our own school.  


Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 High School National Scouting Combine and what are your goals for the combine?

A: Continuing to work out getting stronger and faster to be able to compete with other elite high school players.


Q: What would be your ultimate achievement? 

A: To have a starting position in the NFL. 


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football? Do you play other sports? 

A: I’m enjoy improving myself as an athlete and seeing the hard work pay off. I run track.


Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life? 

A: My parents.


Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

A: I am an identical twin.