Donovan Jeter stays in touch with Irish

Four-star defensive end Donovan Jeter didn’t include Notre Dame in the Top 5 he released in July but the Irish are among the leaders to land his services. Jeter will visit South Bend later this month.

Four-star defensive end Donovan Jeter will visit Notre Dame for the Irish’s primetime game against Michigan State on Sept. 17.

That’s big new for the Irish, who were left off Jeter’s Top 5 he released in July.

“I don’t really have a top school right now or a Top 1 or Top 5,” said Jeter, a 6-foot-6, 265-pounder from Beaver Falls, Pa. “Everybody is in the mix.”

Jeter also will take official visits to Michigan on Oct. 1 and Penn State on Oct. 22.

Several other schools remain in the mix for his services including Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, four of the schools who were listed among that first Top 5 earlier this summer.

Notre Dame has remained in close contact with Jeter and that communication helped pave the way for Jeter’s visit.

“I talk with them almost every day,” Jeter said. “They check in with me to see how practice is going and stuff like that.”

Jeter primarily speaks with recruiting coordinator Mike Elston and defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.

“They tell me about Notre Dame and the education and football,” he said. “They said they're on the rise. I think people go a little crazy over that loss to Texas. I don't judge people off of one game.”

He takes the same approach to his high school team’s season.

Beaver Falls dropped a 44-14 decision to Aliquippa after several offensive miscues led to easy scores for the opponent.

“It was more of what we did,” Jeter said. “We had four turnovers on offense. We had three interceptions and a fumble and gave them real short fields. Their scoring drives, they only had to drive like 15 yards on us.”

Defensively, Jeter recorded four tackles.

“They didn’t run to my side too much,” he said. “It wasn't my best game but it wasn't bad. There was a lot more I could have done but I can't go back and change it now.” ranks Jeter as the 29th best defensive end in the country. Top Stories