Jerron Donald is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2021.
The 5-foot-10, 135-pound Donald, who attends Dunedin, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and defensive back.
Donald, who plays for the Largo Jr. Packers, has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding youth career, such as being selected to complete in all-star games.
Donald is humbled by the accolades.
“The recognition and the all-star events mean a lot to me because I know if I am receiving an award it means I deserve it or I worked hard for it,” Donald said. “It's a great experience for me because I like to be able to play around others who have the same talent as me or even better.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Donald is determined to give it his all.
Donald is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Donald steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to focus on the ball and nothing but the ball,” Donald said. “I want to make the opponent have to work for everything they get.”
Donald has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Donald tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love meeting new players and sharing the opportunity I get with my teammates,” Donald said. “I love the brotherhood and bond I have with my teammates because they’re like my family. It’s a great feeling to be in the locker room after a win.”
Donald has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me so much about life in general,” Donald said. “It taught me that at the end hard work will pay off.”
Donald recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory was when I blocked the field goal in the last seconds of the game and one of my teammates picked it up and scored sending us to the Super Bowl,” Donald said.
Madaryl Green coached Donald for two years with the Child's Park Rattlers.
Green explains the best parts of Donald’s game.
“He loves to guard because he is a good play reader. At receiver he thinks nobody can guard him and can’t wait to burn his defender. At nose guard, he doesn't mind going in because he is a very aggressive with the helmet if you know what I mean,” Green said. “At running back he is agile and very fast at quick routes. He loves the game and stays very focused when he's playing it.”
Donald takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Donald makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always giving 100 percent in all drills and all games and never complaining,” Donald said. “The best advice I’ve given a teammate is the more effort you give the better results you get at the end.”
Green adds that Donald is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“His leadership is that he loves to get players ready for game by not talking but paying attention to plays and showing players how to run the play by demonstration,” Green said.
Donald is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“What I have learned from my coaches on and off the field is the harder you work the better you get,” Donald said. “The best advice I’ve gotten from my coaches is to never hold your head down because that's a sign of weakness.”
Green is an advocate of Donald’s capabilities.
“His big play is he is a play reader. Each game he has had 3-4 interceptions as well as making fumbles,” Green said. “We wouldn’t have the success we had without his contributions.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Donald also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Donald has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He’s a very smart player that always puts himself in a position to be successful on the field,” Green said. “He’s always studying ways to make himself even better.”
Donald is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He works really hard at practice. He has a great attitude and that’s contagious to the rest of the team in a positive way,” Green said. “He really has a desire to be special.”
Green explains why he compares Donald to this player.
“He reminds me of Calvin Johnson from the Detroit Lions,” Green said. “Just like Megatron, he’s able to win the jump balls and make spectacular plays in the air.”
Donald patterns his mentality after this standout.
“Even though I am a WR I look up to Saquon Barkley because he is humble and only focused on the task at hand,” Donald said. “That’s the way I try to be when I’m out there on the field.”
Donald is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“I want to be the best player and person I can be both on and off the field. I want to work hard and help my family,” Donald said. “I want my family to be proud of me in everything that I do.”
Donald has his sights set on becoming a Florida Gator.
“My dream college to play at is Florida because I want to be close to home and play for my home team,” Donald said.
Donald lists world history as his favorite subject in school.
“I like to know about the past and what the future will most likely turn out to be,” Donald said.
Green outlines the areas of improvement that will take Donald to the next level.
“Just continuing to make strides each day and to hone his craft,” Green said. “He’s still young so there’s plenty room for growth and he’s an inspired player.”
Green believes the sky is the limit as long as Donald continues to stay hungry.
“He has the potential of being an NFL player,” Green said. “He sleeps and lives football. That's all he likes to talk about and imitates himself hitting players or running the ball and shaking the defending players. His future is bright.”
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