Iowa linebacker recruit Jayden McDonald named Defensive Player of the Year in Georgia

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa linebacker recruit Jayden McDonald has been named the high school Defensive Player of the Yar in Georgia

McDonald is a 3-star recruit, according to 247Sports, and normally plays the outside linebacker position. The Georgia Coaches Association (GACA) named McDonald as the 2017-18 recipient of the award for his season at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga.

GACA also named McDonald to its 2017-18 All-State team.

247Sports has McDonald as the No. 49 overall outside linebacker in the 2018 recruiting class. In the state of Georgia, McDonald is ranked as the No. 79 overall prospect. Nationally, he is ranked No. 782 overall.

McDonald signed a national letter of intent with Iowa last Wednesday. He is among 22 players, including 20 high school seniors, who signed with Iowa's 2018 recruiting class.