Donatell newest quarterback to be targeted

His first offer coming from Nebraska was a bit of a shock, but Highlands Ranch (CO) quarterback Steve Donatell is excited about it. Come inside as the junior talks about his recruitment. Does a Husker offer me he's shutting it down?

It turns out a request to visit from Nebraska was more than just the Huskers throwing a NFL Assistant's son a bone.

Nearly a month after checking out a Husker spring practice, Highlands Ranch (CO) quarterback Steve Donatell has picked up an offer from Nebraska.

"It was sort of surprising to me to be honest with you. But I'm very thankful and blessed that Nebraska feels that way about me," said Donatell. "I feel like I deserve it, but I'm just really happy and excited. I'm going to keep working hard. This isn't the only offer I would like. "

After throwing for 1,008 yards with a completion rate of 62%, Donatell's recruitment had been somewhat slow. The Huskers were the first to offer, but it could just be a jump-start to his recruitment.

"I was never really worried, but you always like to get that first offer under your belt," said the son of 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell. "I wasn't worried too much, but I'm glad that it did come now. I will work hard from here and see what the future holds.

"I still have Northwestern coming in on Thursday to see me throw and Wake Forest on Monday. Possibly more could be coming I have been told, so I think this could be just the start of things."

With most of Nebraska's quarterback offers out to big-time athletes, an offer to Donatell had some recruiting analysts scratching their heads. The junior appears to be more the pocket passer, but the 2012 prospect had a message to doubters.

"There are maybe guys faster than me that they have offered, but I want everyone to know I can run to," said Donatell who rushed for over 500 yards last year. "Maybe not as well as some of the other guys, but when things breakdown I can run the ball."

With one enjoyable visit to Lincoln already in the books, could the Colorado product be in line for another down the road? Evaluating a campus, town, and football team becomes a lot harder with an offer in hand.

"We will just have to see. I definitely loved their facilities and the town. I wouldn't mind visiting again," said Donatell. "It's a great place. I definitely think it's a possibility in the future that I could visit again.

"Right now, I'm going to definitely to sit back and let things play out. I definitely don't want to make an early decision and want to keep my options up. But, I would like to make a decision before the last minute."

Donatell runs a self-reported 4.6 forty and was the Highland Ranch boys basketball team's 6-man.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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