As grateful and humble of a player you’ll ever come across. DePaul Prep’s 2017 QB Jonathan Gladstone is sitting on a few NAIA and D3 offers, but is hungry for more. We talked schools he’s kept in touch with, offseason training with Next Level Athletix and Top Gun as well as what’s next for his recruiting.
You can find Jonathan on Twitter @J_Josiah12.
Wt: 190 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: What are the most important things you’re doing to improve your game?
JG: First and foremost, I would like to thank God as nothing would be possible without him in my life! A few important things I did to improve my game was worked during the offseason with QB coach Greg Holcomb @ Next Level Athletix on footwork and reading defensive coverages. Also, played with Top Gun 7 on 7 traveling team from Jan thru May coached by Scott Hoffman. Training with both coaches has prepared me to take my game to the next level. I’m truly humbled for their mentoring and knowledge of the game. In addition, I worked out a few days a week on conditioning with my strength coach Kenny Kendal “Gordon Tech Alum”.
LPI: You currently have offers from Olivet Nazarene and Trinity International as well as roster offers from D3 Benedictine and St. Norbert. You told me that you are very humbled by those offers, but are hungry for more. What are your greatest strengths or what can you bring to the table for a college program?
JG: Extremely blessed for the offers from ONU, Trinity, Benedictine, and St. Norbert. My throwing mechanics and the ability to run the ball are one of my greatest strengths. In my opinion, I feel that I have one of the best arms in the state when it comes to accuracy and velocity to spin it. What I plan to bring to the table at the college level is leadership, team unity, and winning mentality.
LPI: Offer or not, which schools have you kept in contact with the most? Or which schools have shown interest in you?
JG: I have been in close contact with ONU, St. Norbert, Benedictine and Trinity. The schools that have shown interest are Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, Winona State, St. Ambrose, UW-Stevens Point, Missouri Baptist Univ., Monmouth, Saint Anselm, St. Cloud State Univ., Trine Univ., MSUM, Wabash, McKendree Univ., Northwest Missouri State.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any visits coming up?
JG: I have visited ONU, Benedictine, Trine Univ., and St. Norbert. I have planned visits to Trinity and St. Ambrose in the next two weeks.
LPI: Who are some of your other teammates that you believe have a chance to play at the next level, but may be getting overlooked by college coaches?
JG: I believe the following teammates have what it takes to play at the next level and are definitely being over looked.
Ethan Barszcz: Plays with passion at the MLB spot. He has great knowledge of the game and is a true leader that everyone looks up to. He finished the season with 80+ tackles and is on his way to the next level for sure.
Jahi Stigall: He’s an “athlete” that can play almost every position on the field. He has great field vision and leadership.
Omar Otero: Is another teammate that can play multiple positions. He is a lock down corner with several picks in the redzone and covers the best WR at every game.
Antonio Mosier: An “athlete” that had played multiple positions this year due to several injuries. He would make a great slot WR at the next level with his speed and hands.
Umaru Sheriff: Is one of the fastest RB in the state. He is a home run threat “every” time he touches the ball.