A physical and hard-nosed defensive lineman, McDonald brings experience on both sides of the ball and will spend 2011 gaining experience and adjusting to this level.
High School: Played offensive and defensive tackle for the Jaguars, earning All-Suburban Big 6, Kansas City Star All-Metro and academic all-state laurels ... Part of a 7-4 Jaguars team in 2010 for Coach Greg Oder that advanced to the state Class 6 playoffs ... Notched 50 tackles and 4 sacks as a senior DT ... Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Lee's Summit North where he was a linebacker and tight end ... Also played basketball his freshman year at LSN.
Personal: James Christopher McDonald was born 9/19/92 in London, England ... Son of James and Amy McDonald of Blue Springs, Mo. ... Has a brother, Gavin ... Plans to major in Business.