Northfield senior to play football at MU

By Eric Christiansen

Northfield's Jasper Donaldson made his decision to continue his education and football career a few miles north from home at Manchester University.

The Norse senior said he is excited to attend Manchester.

“I like that it's close to home, and football was a big part [of it],” Donaldson said. “Hopefully I'll be able to play. We've talked about playing tight end, maybe linebacker.”

Northfield football coach Brandon Baker had high praise for Donaldson.

“He is, hands down, the hardest worker I have ever had,” Baker said. “When he was in junior high, he came into the weight room and could not do a single push-up, and that's not an exaggeration. That tells you how far he's come from pushing himself.

“He never missed workouts, was the first one to jump in line in practice, and is a great leader and a great kid,” Baker added. “I'm very proud of him.”

Baker also graduated from Northfield and Manchester University.

Donaldson was first-team all-conference in football in 2018 and honorable mention in 2017.

He was also a sectional champion his senior year for the wrestling team at 195 pounds.

“I'm hoping to have a close-knit group at Manchester like we have here,” Donaldson said.

Posted on 2019 Mar 19