Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Soaring Eagle

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Positions: Quarterback
Height/Weight: 5’10, 185 lbs
Teams: Etobicoke Eagles (varsity: OVFL),  Michael Power – St. Joseph Trojans (high school: TDCAA)
Commitment: None
Official Visits: None
Considerations: Open
Class: 2015

Matthew Donato started playing football at the age of nine, and has remained consistent as he progressed throughout the years.

Donato spent his younger days with the Mississauga Football League before finally joining the bantam Halton Cowboys of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

The quarterback’s junior varsity years were spent with the Mississauga Warriors of the Ontario Minor Football League (OMFL) and the Toronto Jr. Argonauts in the Ontario Football Conference (OFC).

Donato’s most current teams are the OVFL”s varsity Etobicoke Eagles and the Michael Power – St. Joseph Trojans of  the Toronto District Catholic Athletic Association (TDCAA).

During the offseason, the Trojan has continued with his weight lifting program while attending indoor private quarterback training.

The quarterback has a knack for quickly learning playbooks, executing good reads, being patient in the pocket and throwing accurately under pressure.

“My goal for the OPC is to be fairly coached and evaluated,” said Donato, who would also like to make the CFC 100 list.

The Trojan standout’s overall goals are to be the best he possibly can in both academics and sports as he sees himself graduating with a Honours Commerce degree.

“It would be a great accomplishment to play quarterback at the CIS level,” added Donato, who has some background as a wide receiver and in various defensive positions. “However, to be a contributor at any position would also be very rewarding.”

The quarterback loves the game for a number of reasons, especially since it has been a large part of his life for the past nine years.

“It keeps me athletically in great shape, my mind sharp and helps build my leadership skills,” explained the Trojans standout.  “It is also a great pressure release and it is a true team sport.”

“All around football has helped develop my mind and body.”

Athletic Awards
MVP Offense – 2007, 2008 and 2009 (Atom and Peewee)
Bantam MVP – 2010
MVP Offense JV – 2011
MVP Offense Junior High School – 2012

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