Elliot Donald suits up for the Pittsburgh Panthers while his uncle Aaron Donald prepares for a game against the Miami Dolphins.
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Aaron Donald's Nephew is Ready to Make His Mark on College Football


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Aaron Donald is a legitimate NFL superstar. The defensive tackle is the anchor of the Los Angeles Rams' defense, and the team reached its second Super Bowl in four seasons with the future Hall of Famer in charge.

Donald's nephew, Elliot Donald, is a strong prospect in his own right.

He was a four-star defensive end for Central Catholic High School in Pennsylvania, and he is ready to make an impact at his uncle's alma mater, the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Elliot Donald's Recruitment

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Some big-time schools were interested in Elliiot Donald, including Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Rutgers was also interested in the defensive end.

Donald was the most-heralded signee of Pitt's 2021 recruiting class, which was ranked as the fifth-best in the ACC.

There wasn't much fear that Donald would leave, but it must have been nice for head coach Pat Narduzzi to hear that his prized DE made it official last National Signing Day.

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Elliot Donald at Pittsburgh

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Elliot redshirted his first year on campus, but the 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end is expected to contribute starting in 2022. According to Pittsburgh Sports Now, Elliot has excellent speed and athleticism like his uncle. One glimpse of Elliot's high school highlights is all you need to see to know he'll be ready to make his mark on college football.

Elliot Donald's High School Highlights 

These highlights are from the previous two seasons because Donald opted out of his senior campaign due to COVID-19 concerns. When he was on the field, the defensive lineman was electric.

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In two years, Donald totaled 25 tackles and 15.5 sacks, as Central Catholic made a deep run in the WPIAL playoffs.

Donald plays DE but is athletic enough to drop back into coverage as a linebacker if called upon.

Comparing Elliot Donald to his uncle is unfair, but scouts are excited to see what similarities the two have at the college level. Chances are, Pitt picked themselves up an impressive new defensive centerpiece.

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