NC State is looking for a quarterback in the Class of 2012 and the coaching staff is taking a hard look at Colorado signal caller Steve Donatell.
The son of San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, Steve has all the tools to Division I college football. Nebraska's coaches think he can, at least, and the Cornhuskers recently gave him a verbal offer.
That was a huge development in the recruiting process for the 6-5, 195-pound pro-style passer. Being from Big XII country (though Nebraska is heading to the Big Ten), the offer was especially big.
"I definitely think highly of Nebraska," Donatell explained this week. "First off you think about their tradition. They always have a hard working ball club. They have great facilities and great people. So far it looks like a real good place."
Donatell said the offer didn't come as a relief simply because he was confident that offers would be coming all along. He did say, however, that he was excited by the development. Offers often come in bunches so Donatell knows other schools will be taking a much closer look at him, especially now that a prestigious program such as Nebraska has stepped out on a limb and given him that first offer.
NC State, Northwestern, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming are the other schools showing Donatell a lot of interest. Despite the distance, Donatell has actually already been to NC State. He recounted that experience when Pack Pride spoke with him.
"I was there over spring break," he recalled. "I got to see NC State's spring practice. I talked to coach [Dana] Bible, the quarterbacks coach, and the other coaches. I just saw the outskirts of the campus like the buildings and stuff. We didn't really get out and walk through everything. I know it's a big school with 30,000 students. It's a big-time university. I got to see all the facilities and enjoyed being at the practice and the stadium. Everything was real cool to see."
Could the Wolfpack be close to offering?
"We've been keeping in touch and we're trying to get something worked out so coach Bible can come see me throw or I can go out there," he said.
Thus, it appears as though NC State wants to evaluate Donatell more extensively before they verbally offer him. The Pack doesn't need to offer in the immediate future either, as Donatell doesn't plan on making a decision for a while.
"It's too early to say any schools are sticking out. Right now I'm going to keep my mind open throughout the whole process. I'm going to sit back and I want to be able to choose where I want to go," he said. "I'm not going to make an early decision. I'm going to sit down with my family and make the choice when the time comes."
Donatell said he will take a hard look at the depth charts at each of the schools recruiting him. While he knows competition exists at every school in the country he would like a somewhat favorable situation that at least offers the opportunity of playing time.
Last fall at Highland Ranch in Colorado, Donatell passed for around 1,000 yards (62.3-percent completion rate) with 12 touchdowns and three picks. He also showed the ability to beat a defense with his legs when things break down, rushing for more than 500 yards.
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