Aaron Donald might be the best player in the NFL, but to Elliot Donald he’s just “Uncle Aaron.”
And Elliot said he spends most his summers working out with “Uncle Aaron,” training under the eye of DeWayne Brown at Two Tenths Speed and Agility in Pittsburgh.
And the reason Penn State fans should care about all that is the younger Donald is quickly becoming one of the top prospects in Pennsylvania for the 2021 cycle.
And he was in the stands for last week’s win over Maryland.
And he enjoyed himself.
“It was cool,” Elliot Donald said. “It’s a nice school, nice team, and they got the win. So, it was cool.”
Donald is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive lineman for Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
He currently claims offers from Michigan, Pitt, Rutgers and Toledo, and said he’s been receiving interest from the Nittany Lions.
“They just like, especially for my size and me being a sophomore, how destructive I am,” Donald said. “It’s something I look forward to perfecting and improving on, and it’s something the coaches like to see.”
Donald has the frame and quicks to play on the edge, but has been playing in the middle for Central Catholic.
And, like his uncle, he proved to be a matchup nightmare for opposing interior linemen last season, using his hands and quicks, to pile up 8.5 sacks.
He credits much of that with working with Brown and his uncle.
“(Brown) is the best trainer in Pittsburgh,” Donald said. “He’ll make you famous.
“And Aaron … he’s just my uncle. Everybody talks about how cool it is, but, at the end of the day, he never changes to me.”
Donald said he’s excited by the recent attention, but is more than willing to take his time in the process.
“I’m still a sophomore,” he said. “I’ve got a long way to go. I’m just focused on football and getting better.”