OTTAWA — While the Marquette football program lost one of its front line leaders, Knox College gained one as Jack Donahue committed to play for the Prairie Fire on Wednesday.
The left guard helped the Crusaders score an area-best 32.4 points per game en route to a 9-0 regular season in the Northeastern Athletic Conference and a trip to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.
Donahue, a NewsTribune All-Area selection, said a visit to the NCAA Division III school in Galesburg solidified his decision.
“The first day I visited there, I felt comfortable there. I met the coaches, I met some players, I met some staff at the school and I knew my first day there I really liked it,” Donahue said. “It just seemed like a good fit for me. A lot of the other players there liked it and they had nothing negative to say. I think it’s going to be a good fit for me in the future.”
Donahue chose Knox over Augustana and Monmouth.
“They seemed interested in me. They talked to me about more than just football. They talked to me about my life, my personal life, school and how that’s going. It’s not just football there,” Donahue said. “They are one big family. They just want to know about you.”
Marquette coach Tom Jobst said Donahue is a hard worker and role model.
“I don’t think Jack has missed a weight room session since we began,” Jobst said. “He’s a leader. Even though he’s finished here with football, he’s stayed on in the weight room, which not only helps him, but he’s a good model for the younger guys. It’s all part of leadership. Jack is a leader by deed. I don’t think I’ve heard him say three words in four years.”
Donahue is undecided in a major at Knox, but is leaning toward business.
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