Four-star defensive end Donovan Jeter didn’t include Notre Dame in the Top 5 he released in July but that didn’t stop the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder from Beaver Falls, Pa., from making an official visit to South Bend over the weekend.
Now it looks like the Irish could crash the party.
Jeter originally planned to announce his college choice on Halloween but moved up that date following his trip to Notre Dame. He’ll now announce his future destination on social media at some time on Monday.
“I just wanted to get it out of the way,” Jeter said. “I saw the schools I wanted to see and I wanted to decide. I’m going to call the coaches around 10 a.m. and then I’ll probably put it on social media around 1 p.m. It’s probably between Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.”
Notre Dame could be the favorite considering the recent events.
The Irish never stopped recruiting Jeter, even after being left off his short list. That persistence paid off first with the official visit and now with the likelihood of landing the nation’s 29th best defensive end.
Jeter arrived in South Bend around 10 a.m. on Saturday and spent the day talking with academic counselors and the Notre Dame admissions staff. He joined other visiting prospects in some pre-game recruiting activities then headed over to Notre Dame Stadium for the Irish’s primetime contest against Michigan State.
“I liked it,” Jeter said. “It was cool. I loved every second of it.”
He even enjoyed the game despite the unfavorable outcome for his hosts.
“The turnovers killed Notre Dame,” he said. “I felt like Notre Dame is the better team but they made too many mistakes. C.J. (Sanders) had a nice run then a fumble and (MSU) recovered a muffed punt and the interception. Besides that they looked pretty good and fought themselves back into it.”
Jeter even saw a lot to like out of Notre Dame’s defense.
“It was decent,” he said. “They could have obviously played better but when they hit 36 and their backs were against wall they made a stand. If they could play like that consistently they’d be one of the best in the country.”
Irish head coach Brian Kelly met with Jeter on Sunday.
“We mainly talked about the tradition with Notre Dame and how you can’t go wrong there,” he said. “It’s arguably the best academic school in the country.”
Jeter’s brother, Sheldon, played basketball at Pitt.