November 16, 2011

Recruiting picks up for Donatell

Nebraska and Northern Colorado are the only schools that have offered Highlands Ranch (Colo.) dual-threat quarterback Steve Donatell (Rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 19 quarterback and No. 8 prospect in Colorado by, but Wake Forest is his favorite.

"They've already been at the top of my list with their strong academics and good culture there," Donatell said. "They've showed major improvements this year. They just look like a team on the rise."

Tom Elrod and Steve Russ are recruiting him for Wake. Donatell said they have talked about a possible scholarship opportunity, but are waiting for another quarterback prospect to decide.

Tyler Cameron who is a soft verbal commitment to South Florida claims a recent offer from the Demon Deacons. He (Rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 8 quarterback and No. 50 prospect in Florida by will graduate from high school in December, making him eligible to attend college next semester and participate in spring practice.

If Cameron remains committed to USF or switches to a school other than Wake Forest, and the Deacs decide to offer Donatell the Colorado product is not sure that he would automatically choose Wake.

"Nebraska's also a really good school," Donatell said. "I'm trying to be real patient on it. Obviously Wake Forest is a really high school, so I think highly of it. I'm going to try to see if I can get as many offers as I can, so I can kind of sit back and make a really good educated decision."

However, Donatell indicated that Wake may pursue him as an athlete, and give him a chance at quarterback, or move him to wide receiver or tight end depending on if a scholarship offer is made and if he commits.

While the Deacs remain atop his recruiting radar Colorado remains in the mix, and Montana State has jumped onto the scene. He said the Grizzlies called him earlier this week and are close to making a scholarship offer.

As the recruiting process heats up Donatell has the task of guiding Highlands Ranch into its quarterfinals game Saturday in the Colorado State Playoffs. He has been instrumental in leading his team to a 9-2 record, with three wins separating them from their goal of a state championship crown.

"We're trying to get a win this weekend," Donatell said. "We've made it farther than any other team in my school's history. We're proud of that, but we're not satisfied. We want more."

Donatell has thrown for 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns, and rushed for seven scores.

He does not have any visits scheduled, but said he would not mind making another trip to Wake Forest.

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