Camron Donatlan shouldn’t have any problems going up for 50-50 balls as a wide receiver for the Wyoming football team. The West Aurora (Illinois) High School student-athlete, who verbally committed to Wyoming on Sunday, will compete in the high jump as well as on the football team for Wyoming.
“The head coaches said that they have pretty good relationships,” Donatlan said, referring to Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl and head track and field coach Bryan Berryhill. “So they said that they wouldn’t bump heads at all with practice time. It was just the right fit.”
Donatlan is an unranked 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect. He said the California, Colorado and Northern Illinois football teams all expressed interest in him, but he didn’t expect any of them to give him a scholarship offer. He spoke to Iowa, Nebraska, Louisville and Northern Iowa about competing in track.
Wyoming initially offered Donatlan on Oct. 27. Less than a month later, he made his commitment.
“It was just the coaches,” he said. “They’re upfront. And just the players and people around. It’s a nice community around there.”
He visited Wyoming for the Cowboys’ Nov. 4 win against Colorado State.
“It wasn’t snowing at all, and then all of a sudden it started snowing,” Donatlan said. “So that was cool.”
Donatlan became the 10th known player to verbally commit to Wyoming football’s 2018 class. Tuesday, he was joined by cornerback Jerome Weber, and Wednesday, long snapper Jesse Hooper verbally committed to Wyoming.
Wyoming has put an emphasis on recruiting in Illinois under Bohl. Donatlan knew two of Wyoming’s 2017 signees from the state, Jared Scott and Avante’ Cox, from their basketball backgrounds.
Donatlan is also a combo guard for West Aurora’s basketball team. He said he had had recruiting interest in basketball, too, but he did not play last summer because of a bruised rib, and the interest faded.
He is currently competing in basketball, and this spring he will wrap up his high school career with one last outdoor track season. Donatlan, who will also compete in the long jump, hopes to win the state title in the high jump for the third straight year. His personal record is 7 feet, but he hopes to clear 7 feet, 4 inches this season.
He was happy to find a college where he could continue to be a multi-sport athlete.
“That was important,” he said, “because I know that I can excel at the track level.”
Wyoming’s last recruiting class included defensive tackle Javaree Jackson, who competed in shot put in high school and is considering doing so for Wyoming in the future.
On the football field, West Aurora finished 7-3 in Donatlan’s senior season, falling in the first round of the playoffs. According to MaxPreps, Donatlan accounted for 739 total yards of offense as a senior.
“I’m real shifty,” he said of his playing style. “I can jump high.”
Wyoming’s track team sure hopes so.