Iowa lands Georgia OLB Jayden McDonald, its top remaining 2018 target

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

If the Iowa Hawkeyes have wrapped up their 2018 class, they certainly finished on a high note.

North Gwinnett High School's Jayden Mcdonald (8) tackles Colquitt High School quarterback Steven Krajewski (8) during a Class AAAAAAA football championship game, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Suwanee, Georgia.

Georgia linebacker Jayden McDonald, one of the country's fastest-rising available prospects, committed to Iowa on Monday night. He picked the Hawkeyes over Purdue, Ole Miss and Kansas State. He announced his decision via Twitter.

McDonald, out of North Gwinnett High, is a well-rounded athlete who projects well in a 4-3 defense. Iowa made him a top priority to round out its 2018 class after he decommitted from Rutgers on Jan. 5, having picked up offers from Iowa, Cincinnati, Ole Miss and Kansas State in late December. He took official visits to Iowa, Ole Miss, Kansas State and Purdue — which jumped in late. And he hosted all four teams for multiple in-home visits over the past month.

Rivals gives McDonald three stars and ranks him the No. 46 outside linebacker in 2018. The 247Sports Composite also gives him three stars and ranks him 2018's No. 46 outside linebacker.

McDonald is Iowa's 23rd commitment (fourth linebacker) for its 2018 class, including junior college transfer Daviyon Nixon and grayshirt Riley Moss. He joins early enrollee Dillon Doyle, early signee Seth Benson and recent commit Logan Klemp as Iowa's incoming linebackers.

Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.