Signing Day Capsule: Donovan Jeter

Get to know 2017 Michigan defensive lineman early enrollee Donovan Jeter on national signing day.


Jeter's recruitment saw many twists and turns which saw him, perhaps unexpectedly, finally wind up in Ann Arbor as an early enrollee. With his brother a basketball player for Pitt, many saw that as the logical choice for Jeter while the Wolverines didn't seem to push for him. After having an official visit lined up with U-M, Jeter made a commitment to Notre Dame in September after an official to South Bend. A month later, Jeter would decommit from the Irish and eventually made his final pledge to the Wolverines.


"Jeter is an intriguing prospect because he has the length and frame. He is quick and explosive, and he plays physical and does a nice job of getting his hands onto the offensive lineman. He gets off the ball well and he can pursue a play down the field. He has good body control moving up the field and can get around the edge. If he can stay a little lower at the snap, it will help him with leverage against bigger offensive tackles." -- Brian Dohn


“That’s my guy for real,” said Jeter about Harbaugh. “He’s a cool dude. He’s like the coolest dude I have ever met. I’ve said it five times to people… he’s the dopest dude I have ever met in my life. He acts like he’s not important… like he didn’t coach in the Super Bowl… like he’s not coaching the best team in the country. He acts like a normal person. Every head coach I’ve met, they have had like some type of ego about them… like they knew they were something important. He just walks around like a normal civilian and like I said, he doesn’t coach the best team in the country, he wasn’t a play from winning the Super Bowl, so he’s a real cool dude. He’s real down to earth and humble and that’s what I like about him. That is what I like most about him.”

“I knew he was a cool dude. Everybody who talks about Coach Harbaugh say he is a real crazy dude, real fun, but I wasn’t expecting him to be like that. He’s something else. I don’t know how to explain it, but he’s Coach Harbaugh. That’s my guy.”


Having Jeter as an early enrollee is important for the U-M defense as it will need to plug some holes it loses from the year prior. Getting an extra semester of conditioning and learning the playbook is extremely helpful, which could see him seeing some playing time this season.

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