DELAND, Fla. – Out of many talented high school teams in the Florida area, Bishop Moore Catholic has compiled an undefeated record after seven weeks. Junior athlete Jonathon MacCollister has played a heavy role in the Hornets’ success this year and MacCollister sees more dominance on the horizon.
“[Bishop Moore is] projected to go very far in playoffs,” MacCollister told Today’s U. “We might even win states. It’s been going really well. Our team is working really good together as a unit.”
Standing at 6’4” and 253-pounds, MacCollister is embracing a different role on the Hornets’ team this year. MacCollister, who is listed as a 3-star prospect on 247Sports.com as a strong-side defensive end, is playing tight end as well this year to help out near the line of scrimmage.
“It is going very well,” MacCollister said. “I’m adapting to my new position playing tight end well and doing great at defensive end. “
In the 2017 recruiting class, MacCollister grades out favorably when compared with other junior defensive ends across the country. Ranked No. 14 at his position nation-wide, MacCollister possesses good length, is quick off the ball and sheds blocks well, often filling multiple gaps on a single play.
“If you never seen me play before, I could till you I’m very quick off the ball and edge,” MacCollister said. “I make tackles. I come up big when needed upon by my team. I will never give up on a play. Most importantly, I do whatever I have to do to make my team the most successful rather making myself successful. I put team before me.”
On the offensive side of the ball, MacCollister is embracing his newfound opportunity to showcase his athletic ability and skills as a blocker or receiver.
“It’s been very different,” MacCollister said. “I have to use more my athleticism when playing tight end. I also have been focusing more on the game, how I run my routes and how fast I am out of my brakes. Plus, leading linebackers and safeties covering me and remembering to use good technique blocking.”
As a highly coveted prospect on the recruiting trail, MacCollister holds 17 offers from some of the country’s top programs including Auburn, Clemson and Utah. Many others have joined the fray and the junior athlete shared a quick thought on the recruiting process.
“It’s great,” MacCollister said. “I love meeting the new coaches and learning about there programs.”
MacCollister said he hears the most from Kentucky, Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina—Charlotte. MacCollister actually had the chance to unofficially visit both Clemson and Auburn this year, two visits that received high marks.
“[Clemson] was July 16,” MacCollister said. “What I got out of that trip there is they’re all about family.”
At Auburn, MacCollister said that he “loved” the Tigers’ campus and facilities, although he currently plans a return trip to Clemson for later this year in addition to a visit to UCF this Saturday.
“Right now I’ve got Clemson on November 7,” MacCollister said. “Then UCF this Saturday.”
Click here to watch MacCollister’s highlight tape.