One of the rising line prospects in the state of Washington this year has been Stanwood’s Kyle O’Donnell, a 6’4″ 266 pounder with quick feet and a lot of aggression. Last week O’Donnell took part in the Barton Combine held at Issaquah High School and the talented senior-to-be showed us what he had by going up against some of the top line prospects in the state and held his own quite well.
“This was my first Barton camp and it was a great experience,” O’Donnell said afterwards. “It was great going up against some of the top guys in the state and I learned a lot from the coaches here.”
For a young man just starting to fill out his frame, O’Donnell shows outstanding footwork and he’s got plenty of room to add size and strength this offseason and he plans to take in some other camps including the Northwest Elite Camp being held on Friday, June 8th at Mercer Island High School.
“My coaches and I have been working a lot this offseason on different things,” O’Donnell noted. “I’m going to try and make it out to a few more of these Barton Camps and I’m also going to the Northwest Elite Camp. Every chance I can get out and compete and get better, that’s something I have to take advantage of.”
One thing working in O’Donnell’s favor is the fact that a former teammate and good friend, Dexter Charles, who signed with Washington, was one of the top recruits in the state a little over a year ago and the two have talked about the process and what he can expect.
“I was left guard when he played left tackle for us and he comes over to my house and we hang out,” O’Donnell said. “He just told me to stay dedicated and all of the stuff I need to do to get myself ready and just to keep working hard.”
On the recruiting front, while O’Donnell has yet to haul in his first offer, he has heard from a couple of programs.
“I’ve talked a little with Cornell and got a couple of letters from Brown and something from Wayne State and I’ve tried to get in touch with Wyoming as well,” O’Donnell said.
While he projects better on the offensive side of the ball, O’Donnell is a two-way starter for Stanwood and last year posted 52 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on the defensive side of the ball.
One thing is for sure, O’Donnell isn’t going to let the opportunities before him pass him up. He loves to compete and works very hard during the drills and he’s a quick learner. As he gets stronger and works more on his technique, he should see the interest from schools pick up and with a good senior season he will definitely be a player to watch in the coming months.