Jeter reflects on commitment, expectations

Michigan 2017 DE commit Donovan Jeter reflects on his commitment to Michigan and his expectations moving forward.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sometimes in recruiting, the coach makes it a point that a recruit should be part his programs class.  

Well, that wasn’t an issue between four-star defensive end Donovan Jeter and Michigan headman Jim Harbaugh. Oh no, it was made apparently clear by Harbuagh to Jeter during his official visit back in late-October that he wanted Jeter become a Wolverine.  

“On my official visit, I couldn’t get coach Harbaugh away from me,” Jeter told The Michigan Insider. “He was around me the whole time. He was talking to my mom about baby names and a lot of coaches wouldn’t do that. He’s really down to earth and real humble.

“Matter of fact, the whole coaching staff is like that,” Jeter continued. “Real easy to talk to and none of them are stuck up or think they are better than you or anything like that.”

And that’s not all, Jeter, who decommitted from Notre Dame five days before his Michigan decision, pointed out the differences in schools on why he ultimately became a Wolverine.

"When I got here, it actually felt like a college campus,” Jeter said. “Notre Dame felt just like a private school, like they are dated and don’t want to let other people in. This is a big open place and that’s why I switched."

Now that he’s finally on campus, where does Jeter see himself fitting in defensively at Michigan? That’s a good question, because the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder just sees himself making plays somewhere along the defensive front in coming years.

“It don’t matter where you put me, I’m just going to make plays,” Jeter said. “That is why I am here -- to make plays. If I got to step inside for certain downs for pass rush over the guard or step outside over the tackle or tight end, then that’s cool. I just want to contribute as early as I can to the team.

“Coach (Greg) Mattison wants me as the anchor, so basically the strong side end and I’m cool with that or if he does need a three technique, then that’s fine with me. Like I said, I just want to make an early impact for the team and help out.”

Brice Marich contributed to this story


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