CRANFORD, NJ - It's not common that someone begins their football career as a Senior in high school and gets to play on the college level. It's even less common that someone gets a Division 1 scholarship. The latter is exactly what Eric Donahue, Senior Linebacker for the Cranford Cougars has accomplished, planning to play for Monmouth University this fall.
With just one high school season under his belt, not having played the sport since his younger years for the town PAL league, Donahue made a big impact on both his high school team and college scouts.
Last fall one of his standout games came with a huge victory over Summit, where the Cougars came out on top 33-14. Donahue had two big interceptions in the second half at outside linebacker and helped to keep the Summit offense under control.
Cranford High School Head Coach, Erik Rosenmeier, had been trying to get Donahue to play football since his freshmen year, noting his size and athletic ability. But, Donahue made Rosenmeier wait, and when he finally joined the team it was worth it.
Rosenmeier adds, "What makes Eric particularly unique is that he only played one year of high school football. For him to get the attention of college coaches after only one year says a lot about his ability and the level of his performance this year. I think the sky is the limit for Eric."