Catching up with O’Dea’s Jarius McDade: By Scott Eklund

(One of the state of WA's top DL Jarius McDade (6-1 310 Jr. DL) of ODea is ranked in the top 5 and projects at the D1 level)
(One of the state of WA’s top DL Jarius McDade (6-3 310 Jr. DL) of ODea is ranked in the top 5 and projects at the D1 level)

 

     Seattle (Wash.) O’Dea defensive tackle Jarius McDade is one of the biggest defensive line prospects in the state of Washington and he’s already got two offers to his name. He loves to compete and this summer he’s filled up his schedule with opportunities to do just that.

     As a junior for the Irish last season, McDade posted over 50 tackles and four sacks, using his 6’3″, 310 pounds and outstanding strength and athleticism to make plays.

     “I played mainly the three-technique (pass-rushing defensive tackle), but I can play nose (tackle) too,” McDade told Northwest Elite Index. “I’m focused on being quicker off the ball and improving my strength and quickness every day. I’ve been in the weight room almost every day and I’m doing lots of speed and quickness drills too.”

     As far as camps are concerned, McDade has taken in several and hopes that his performances will garner offers or, at the very least, more interest.

     “Right now I have offers from Idaho and Northern Arizona, but I’ve been talking a lot with Wyoming and Boise State and I went to their camps,” McDade noted. “I’ve been looking at going to Washington’s camp and possibly Washington State’s, but right now I’m not 100% sure on that.”

     McDade’s size and quickness make him a special talent that, in the right scheme, could be a devestating player at either the nose tackle or defensive tackle spot. He squats 650 pounds, benches 365 and he cleans 265, so the kid can definitely hold up against the run, but what is really impressive is how he uses his quickness and his hands to make things hard on blockers.

     He’s definitely a player to keep and eye on and one who could see his recruiting blow up in the coming weeks and months as more and more schools get a good look at him.