Steve Donatell talks Wake Forest

Steve Donatell talks Wake Forest

Steve Donatell just completed his senior season at Highlands Ranch High School in suburban Denver, Colo. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound quarterback holds one offer from the University of Nebraska, but it's looking like that may soon change. Tim Billings of Wake Forest stopped by to see Donatell and let him know the Deacon staff is interested.


"Coach Billings was at my school (last) Tuesday," said Steve Donatell. "We watched a basketball game together then talked about Wake Forest. I took it as a very positive meeting."

This season Donatell put up big numbers as a senior throwing for 1,686 yards with 23 touchdowns to only three interceptions. He completion ratio was right at 63-percent.

Donatell could also beat you with his feet rushing for 625 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition to quarterback play, he also handled all of the team's punting duties.

"Wake Forest just received a commitment from a quarterback, so I'm told," said Donatell. "Coach Billings said if they were to offer me it would be as an athlete. They will give me a chance at quarterback, but if it doesn't work out I would move to defense at either linebacker or safety."

If Donatell were to move to the secondary he could get some tips from his NFL father, Ed Donatell, who is currently the coach of the defensive backs fro the San Francisco 49ers. He has also coached for the Jets, Broncos, Packers, and Falcons as well as 12 years coaching college ball. Steve, however, feels he would benefit from having NFL connections at quarterback too.

"I've been around the game all of my life," said Donatell. "I've accumulated a lot of knowledge with my Dad being a coach. I'm good at recognizing coverages. At 6-foot-5 I can see the field well. It's always been a goal of mine to play quarterback, but Wake Forest said they'd give me that opportunity. I'd be very open to a different position if they need me to."

Steve's brother, Tom Donatell, played quarterback at Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia, but now plays linebacker for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Steve says the possibility of moving from Colorado all the way to North Carolina is not an issue with all of the travel he's used to.

"Our family has moved around a lot," said Donatell. "Location is not going to be that big of a factor for me. My family is big on education, and Wake Forest offers one of the best educations possible.

"I want to see how the culture is like at the programs I visit and get to know the coaches and the guys so I know what kind of program is being run."

Donatell has also been hearing from Colorado, Colorado State, Wyoming, Washington State, TCU, Montana State, and Southern Utah. He's kept an eye on Wake Forest during the season and hopes to get a chance to visit the campus soon.

"They don't televise many Wake Forest games in my region," Donatell said. "I usually check out the highlights on my ESPN app to see how they're doing.

"They've made some incredible strides this season taking out some ranked teams in the highly competitive ACC. I'm definitely hoping to set up an official visit. The only trip I have scheduled is to Wyoming in December, but that's it. I'd like to take a couple more."

As a senior, Donatell was named 1st team All-Continental Conference (Colorado 5A). His team, the Falcons, lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion, Columbine.

A three year starter, Donatell wore No. 5 for Highlands Ranch. Currently, he's averaging 12.8 points-per-game for the varsity basketball team.

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