Steve Donatell chooses Wake Forest

Steve Donatell (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) didn’t get everything he wanted from this weekend, but he finalized where he will spend his college football career.

After a visit to Winston-Salem, N.C., Donatell knew that Wake Forest was the place for him. A three-star quarterback, Donatell verbally committed to the Demon Deacons on Monday. He called his area recruiter, secondary coach Steve Russ on Monday evening to deliver the news.

“I’m really excited. I’m ready to start packing on some pounds and getting bigger," said Donatell, who is currently 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds. “I’m looking forward to playing some football.

“[Russ] was pretty excited. He was happy with what I told him, and he’s looking forward to next year and getting me in the program.”

The only thing that would have made the weekend a perfect one for Donatell was a San Francisco 49ers win over the New York Giants in the NFC championship game. Donatell’s father is Ed Donatell, the secondary coach for the Niners.

Donatell chose Wake Forest over Nebraska. He visited the Wake Forest campus this past weekend and said the overall camaraderie around the campus made the trip a success.

“I think it was the culture around the place,” Donatell said. “Immediately when I went to Wake, I saw the coaches were close and the players were close. Seniors were hanging with freshmen. There weren’t any cliques. It was one big family.”

Donatell is ranked No. 11 among all 2012 players in Colorado. He is ranked No. 68 among quarterbacks in the country. Donatell threw for 1,686 yards, 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions during his senior year.