One of our top ranked D lineman for the 2014 class, Jarius McDade (6-1 310 Jr. DL) out of O’Dea, just continues to get better. He had a monster 2012 campaign racking up 90 tackles and 6 sacks while earning first team all conference and 2nd team all state honors.
The 2014 Washington D line class is deep and nasty and McDade is a big part of that. Jarius recently squatted 605 pounds in case anyone had any doubts about his ridiculous strength. McDade ranks in the top 5 for his class with the likes of Marcus Griffin (Bellevue), Shane Bowman (Bellevue), Mason Johnson (Kentlake), and Jonah Jordan (Mead). His shear size and athleticism require teams to double him if they don’t want him completely disrupt their game plan.
Its this type of athlete that will have O’Dea back in the hunt for a 3a title next season with a host of other talented kids returning. The Irish bring back player after player from this years (8-3) team led by one of the state’s top 2 QB’s in Pierre LeDorze (6-2 220 Jr. QB). Pierre is a kid we know well as has been training with Taylor Barton, most recently down in Portland and also at the elite event hosted in Seattle. When referencing McDade earlier in the season Pierre said to me, “JJ, Jarius said he said he might eat you if he doesn’t get moved up in the rankings “. It was pretty funny, I definitely paid more attention.
McDade did phenomenal work all season long dominating on the interior, and giving us glimpses of what he could be bringing to a D1 university near you. We are excited to see Jarius at our elite events as the year progresses. His film speaks to his strength as he puts up 345 on the bench to go with his massive squat. It will be important for Jarius to get out against top competition this off season, as the Metro doesn’t always provide the toughest tests.
Jarius is hungry and not just figuratively. The kid has drive and is doing everything in his power to get better. Teammates such as Washington top sophomore running back Myles Gaskin and Pierre rave about what he brings to the table.
The Fighting Irish lost an ugly game in the 2nd round to University HS out of Spokane, in a contest that everyone on the team wants to forget. They will have the athletes to be a legit contender next season, and you can expect McDade to be one of the main reasons they will be one of the state’s best.