Delaware QB hearing from all over

One of the top QB's in the east, and the country, resides in one of the country's smallest states. <br><br> Gene DelleDonne from Salesianum HS in Wilmington, DE has all of the tools to be one of the most coveted players in the country this season. <br><br> Possessing great size at 6'5" and 225 pounds, DelleDonne (pronounced Della Don) impresses Salesianum head coach Jim Brazill.

"He's a wonderful kid. A dream. Not arrogant at all. And he is very coachable and approachable."

And that is just off the field. On the field, DelleDonne gets just as many rave reviews.

"He will only get better and better," says Brazill. He is only 16 and is only getting bigger and stronger. Plus, I expect him to be more vocal this season. He will be a senior and he will be more comfortable in leading."

A very good athlete, Gene DelleDonne was third team All-State as a sophomore in basketball. His sister, Elena, plays on the varsity as an 8th grader and already is almost 6'4".

"She averages about 24 points a game and has already been offered by Duke and North Carolina," laughs Brazill. "Their dad is 6'6" and their mom is 6'2". They are a very competitive family. And a very lovely family, too."

That is apparent when talking to DelleDonne, a great kid with a lot of character. A lot of that can be attributed to Salesianum, a boys Catholic School where DelleDonne has a 3.76 GPA.

DelleDonne does not look fast according to Brazill, but looks can be deceiving as DelleDonne runs a 4.81 at his great size.

"I have kept him in the pocket for the most part, but I have started to roll him out more and he makes all of the throws when he does roll out. He is mobile in the pocket."

Brazill also likes his star quarterback's arm, but thinks it will get even better.

"It's not a bazooka, but it's not a pop gun either," says Brazill. "And it will get a lot better over the next year. By the time he gets into college, it will be more than enough."

DelleDonne will be very busy this spring and summer and will have plenty of chances to impress college coaches. He will be at Elite 50 Camp in Purdue, the Nike Camp at Penn State, and the Max Emfinger 7 on 7 Camp at Notre Dame on May 21st. He also wants to go to camps at Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio State. On top of that, he probably can expect to go to the Elite 11 QB Camp where he went as a ball boy as a junior last year.

DelleDonne has heard from many potential suitors but mostly from Michigan, Boston College, Nebraska, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, and Pittsburgh. He is visiting Nebraska unofficially next week and he has been told that he may be offered then, his first of many.

His top six currently are Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Maryland, and Florida. The next level of favorites, according to DelleDonne, are Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Penn State. However, Pittsburgh has the potential to move up if they show stronger interest, according to both DelleDonne and Brazill. That's something both expect could happen after former Panther verbal Anthony Morelli changed his commitment this past season.

"He went to the Pitt camp last year and enjoyed it a lot," says Brazill.

"I went to visit there a couple of times," says DelleDonne. "I liked it a lot. In addition, I really liked the coaches there most of all. They were all great. Especially Walt Harris. He knew a lot. Especially about quarterbacking."

But because he has already been to Pittsburgh, and will be at Notre Dame, Penn State, and Ohio State this spring, DelleDonne expects, as of now, that he will officially visit Maryland, Michigan, Boston College, and Virginia. But many things can change with this star QB because he will be very much in demand for his accomplishments as both a player and a person.

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