January 3, 2012

Wake wants Donatell

Wake Forest's pursuit of Highlands Ranch (Colo.) dual-threat quarterback Steve Donatell has picked up significantly since his football season ended.

"They [the Demon Deacons] actually offered me as an athlete, so I'm excited about that," Donatell said. "I'd start off at quarterback. If that weren't to work out then they would move me to a different position."

Donatell (Rated as the nation's No. 18 dual-threat quarterback, the No. 10 prospect in Colorado and a three-star recruit by Rivals.com) said tight end, wide receiver, linebacker and strong safety are other positions he could switch to if he chooses the Deacs.

Wake's offer came about a week before Christmas, and he plans to make the trip to Winston-Salem for an official visit in the next couple of weeks. Donatell added that he will schedule the visit with Steve Russ.

The 6-foot-5 and 195-pounder said he will have his decision made definitely by Signing Day and maybe even before that.

"It's between Wake Forest and Nebraska right now unless anyone were to get into the mix with an offer," Donatell said. "I'm happy with the two offers. Those are both great schools. I'd love to get at least one more [offer], but at least I have a choice."

Donatell has also received strong interest from Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming.

This season he completed 114 of 181 passes for 1,686 yards and 23 touchdowns, and was intercepted just three times. Donatell also carried 120 times for 625 yards and seven touchdowns.

Highlands Ranch finished 9-3, losing to eventual state champion Columbine 35-14 in the quarter finals of the state playoffs. Donatell jumped from the gridiron to the hardwood to help lead Highlands Ranch to a 9-0 start to the basketball season.

Russ played on Denver's Super Bowl-winning teams in 1998 and 1999 when Donatell's father Ed Donatell was an assistant coach for the Broncos, so the connection has proved to beneficial for the Demon Deacons in their pursuit for the Colorado athlete. Wake can only hope the Russ factor will continue to be advantageous as Donatell moves closer to making a final decision.

Deacons Illustrated will know more in the coming weeks after Donatell takes his visit. Stay tuned for more Wake Forest recruiting news, especially as Signing Day approaches.

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