Lamar All-American Brett McDonald picks Pitt State

Pitt State commit, Brett McDonald, of Lamar (MO) named a MaxPreps All-American. (submitted photo)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jan 29, 2015

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It's not often a 2A high school produces an All-American football player. That is until you meet Lamar (MO) senior, Brett McDonald. 

McDonald, a 6-foot-3 218 pound defensive back, was named a second team small school All-American by Max Preps earlier in January. For McDonald it was a big surprise to be named one of the nations elite football players. 

"It's an amazing honor to have. It's great for not only me, but my family, team and community," McDonald said. "I never imagined anything like that, but I'll take it." 

It was a very deserving honor for the Missouri Class 2A Player of the Year who led the Tigers to their fourth consecutive state title in 2A. Check out a few plays of McDonald's HUDL highlight video and you can see what sets him apart from the average player. McDonald had 65 stops and four interceptions as a senior to lead the Tiger defense from his strong safety position.

McDonald recently committed to play at Division II power, Pittsburg State University, where he should be able to play a variety of positions on the defensive side of the football. 

"Ever since I was little I have went to Pittsburg State games. I always loved their team and if I ever had the chance to play there, my heart was always set on playing there." McDonald said. 

McDonald features size, speed and strength one may think to play early at Pittsburg State. His weight room numbers are way above average for a kid still in high school. He has a 315 pound bench press, squats 450 and has 4.5 forty speed. In Lamar, games are won in the offseason, and it starts in an old bus barn.

"It's an old bus barn used in the eighties. It's not much, but we have all the weights, hard work and dedication we need,"  McDonald said. "They say it's hard work to get to the top, but it's even harder to stay there, but we know what it takes." 

McDonald was part of four Lamar Tiger state championship football teams in the last four years, going 55-5, under head coach Scott Bailey. There's no sign of Lamar Tiger football slowing down anytime soon.

"Some people say winning gets old, I don't think it ever does. Coach Bailey didn't win a game in his second year here and now we have four consecutive state titles. His record speaks for itself" McDonald said. 

We caught up with Brett below in a radio interview -

Interview w/ Lamar's Brett McDonald