Aaron Donald wasn’t a major recruit back in the 2010 class. The three-star defensive lineman ultimately chose Pitt over offers from Akron, Rutgers, and Toledo, per Rivals.
Schools aren’t being as shy about going after his nephew, Elliot Donald. The class of 2021 recruit is a four-star, and has attention from some of the country’s top programs.
Unsurprisingly, Pitt is involved. His uncle became a superstar at the now-ACC program, and he is from the city of Pittsburgh.
The Panthers are joined by LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M, and West Virginia. He has 17 offers overall.
I’d like to thank all of the schools who recruited me and helped make my childhood dream into a reality. With that being said I’d like to drop my TOP 8 schools. My recruitment is still open!!! #HardWorkPaysOff @210ths pic.twitter.com/kwyWj2c5Ap
— Elliot Donald (@ElliotDonald3) August 27, 2019
As of today, there is one prediction logged on his 247Sports crystal ball predictions. The site’s Tom Loy has him staying at home and playing for Aaron Donald’s Pitt Panthers.
That prediction came back in March. Obviously a lot can change with over a year before Donald has a chance to commit in the December 2020 early signing period.
247 ranks Donald the No. 85 composite overall player in the class. He’s the No. 8 strongside defensive end and the No. 5 player in Pennsylvania.
Considering the player that his relative developed into at Pitt, a first-round pick who would go on to become arguably the best overall player in the NFL, it is unsurprising that a number of big teams are after Elliot Donald early on in his recruitment.