Beth Long’s football recruiting notebook

West Aurora's Camron Donatlan (21) celebrates a touchdown with his teammates in the second quarter Friday during West Aurora at Naperville Central football. Brian Hill/

West Aurora senior running back Camron Donatlan turned plenty of heads on the football field this season.

And he’s not just a football player. He has won back-to-back state titles in the high jump and is an impact player on the basketball court, too.

The 6-3, 190-pounder is getting recruiting interest from football programs all over the country, including Wyoming, California, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Colorado State, Illinois State and North Dakota.

‘‘My favorite part about recruiting is just getting the attention from coaches with what they tell me I have the ability to do in my future,’’ Donatlan said. ‘‘It just really helps me keep focus in the classroom.’’

Recruiting has been fun for Donatlan. It began before his freshman year even started.

‘‘My first offer was for basketball, going into my freshman year,’’ Donatlan said. ‘‘But knowing I have an offer from Wyoming for football just feels great. It makes me want to show everyone how great of an athlete I am.

‘‘Most colleges are saying they want me to play wide receiver but also some other positions because I’m so versatile. I’ve thought about doing track, as well.’’

Donatlan said track and basketball help him on the gridiron.

‘‘Track and basketball help me with leadership and just being a high-level competitor,’’ Donatlan said. ‘‘It helps with footwork and fatigue. What sets me apart is my athleticism, my speed and my jumping ability. I’m just a competitor that hates to lose.’’

Although Donatlan hasn’t decided where he will continue his athletic career, he’s looking forward to what the recruiting process will continue to bring.

‘‘Hopefully more offers and official visits, just adding more options to the table,’’ Donatlan said. ‘‘At the end of this semester, I will visit Wyoming, Louisville, Nebraska and Iowa.’’

He said he knows exactly what he is looking for on those visits.

‘‘Just how the atmosphere is and getting to really know the coaches and the fan base,’’ Donatlan said.

Phillips’ Taylor chooses

Another top prospect in the area is off the board.

Phillips defensive lineman Terrance Taylor announced his oral commitment Saturday to Toledo.

The 6-4, 215-pounder is a dominating force for the Wildcats. He also had offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois.

‘‘I would like to thank all of my coaches for helping me to get here,’’ Taylor said. ‘‘I also would like to thank all of the schools that recruited me. But I’m overwhelmed with excitement to say I’ve committed to the University of Toledo.’’

In addition to defensive end, Taylor also plays linebacker. He could wind up at either spot in college.

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