Steve Donatell talks official visit

Steve Donatell was in Winston-Salem during the weekend from Highlands Ranch, Colo. The Demon Deacon staff is looking at the 6-foot-5, 190-pound athlete at quarterback or linebacker/safety. The staff gave him a lot to think about as he nears making a commitment with signing day quickly approaching.

"It went real well," said Steve Donatell. "I got a chance to meet all of the coaches and some of their committed players in the class of 2012. I had been there before, but it was cool to see some potential teammates like Josh (Wilhite) from Texas and Josh (Banks), a defensive end from Raleigh-Durham."

Mike Olson, a third year player and Virginia native, served as Donatell's player/host. The recruits were also presented with some of Winston-Salem's fine dining.

{They had a nice setup for us," said Donatell. "We got to go to a great restaurant for dinner on Friday. The next day was a lot of touring of the campus. We took a tour bus around to see the facilities and the classrooms. Afterwards we ate again with the players. Some of the players showed us a night out to see what college life was like."

Since Donatell is recruited as an "athlete" he spent time with coaches on both sides of the ball. He said position won't become a big factor when making his decision.

"I want to play where I'll see the field the fastest," Donatell said. "Coach (Tom) Elrod showed me some film and explained more of what they do with the offense. I also met with Coach (Brian) Knorr, the linebackers coach."

Donatell's mother accompanied him on the visit. His father, Ed Donatell, an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers was helping prepare the team for the NFC championship game.

"My mother really liked the look of Wake Forest," said Donatell. "The buildings are well kept. She also loved the coaches. We were just talking about the closeness of the players, how the freshmen to the seniors all felt included. Winston-Salem is nice too. I liked how the campus is just down the road from downtown. You're close to a lot of fun stuff to do."

Now comes a difficult decision for Donatell between two excellent Division 1 programs, one from the ACC, the other from the Big Ten.

"It's between Nebraska and Wake Forest," Donatell said. "I think I've seen everything I needed to see and have a good idea of what I'm going to do. I just need to be sure of it and talk it over with my family one last time to be sure I'm making a good decision. I'll probably let the coaches know [my decision] tomorrow, but I will keep it private until signing day."

There is a ceremony planned after school on signing day at Highlands Ranch High School in suburban Denver where Donatell will make his decision known.

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