Brian Dohn

Donovan Jeter lands Irish offer

Four-star defensive lineman Donovan Jeter has put the recruiting process on the back burner while he focuses on his basketball season, but that hasn’t stopped college coaches from doing their part. Notre Dame offered Friday, pushing Jeter’s total to 23.

For four-star defensive end, Friday turned out to be more than just a weekend kickoff.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder from Beaver Falls, Pa., summed it up with a simple Tweet on Saturday.

“It still hasn't set in that I won a WPIAL (championship) and Notre Dame offered me all in one day,” he wrote.

Donovan Jeter landed a scholarship offer from Notre Dame early Friday then went out and scored seven points and pulled down 13 rebounds in a 56-45 win over Highlands in a Class AAA district championship game at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center.

After receiving word the Notre Dame coaching staff wanted to speak to him, Jeter called Irish assistant coach Keith Gilmore. That’s when he learned he added another offer to his growing list.

“He talked about how they watched my film and liked it a lot,” Jeter said. “He said they wanted to offer me a scholarship. That’s a big one, obviously. It’s Notre Dame.”

That phone call was Jeter’s first personal contact with the Notre Dame coaching staff.

He hopes to learn more about the Irish and every other school that has offered following the end of his basketball team’s playoff run.

“I feel lucky and blessed (for the offers),” he said. “It’s a big deal but I’m really not worried about them right now because I’m in basketball season.”

Schools are split on where they project Jeter to play in college. Some say defensive end while others like him on the interior.

Gilmore didn’t specify where Notre Dame wants him to play.

“He didn’t really get into all that yet,” Jeter said. “Some schools want me to play D-tackle and some want me to play D-end. It doesn’t really matter too much but I play defensive end mostly in high school.”

Jeter, whose brother Sheldon plays basketball at Pitt, already has visited with the Panthers and he has seen Penn State multiple times. He also made an unofficial visit to Ohio State.

He was invited to Junior Day at Notre Dame on March 19 and hopes to attend but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

He’s also planning to see several other schools this spring.

“I might go to some spring ball games,” he said. “I don’t know where I’m going to go yet but I might go to some spring games. I’ll probably take some trips in the summer to get a look at some schools.”

Jeter hopes to make his college decision before his senior season.


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