Two months ago Notre Dame was on the outside of Donovan Jeter's recruitment looking in.
Today, Jeter, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound four-star defensive end from Beaver Falls, Pa., committed to the Irish over offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and several others.
“It just felt right when I stepped on their campus,” Jeter said. “It felt like I was home.”
In July, Jeter released a Top 5 that included Alabama, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Tennessee.
Credit Notre Dame’s coaching staff for continuing to recruit the versatile defensive lineman. That led to this past weekend’s official visit and ultimately today’s commitment.
“I talk with them almost every day,” Jeter said prior to his official visit. “They check in with me to see how practice is going and stuff like that.”
Jeter developed strong relationships with Irish assistant coaches Mike Elston and Keith Gilmore.
He bolsters a recruiting class that includes three other talented athletes that will wind up in Notre Dame’s front seven, including three-star defensive tackle Kurt Hinish and three-star linebacker Drew White and four-star linebacker David Adams.
Jeter also gives the Irish another prospect from Western Pennsylvania. Hinish and Adams are from Pittsburgh and Notre Dame also has commitments from North Allegheny offensive lineman Josh Lugg and Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec, a 2018 prospect.
But Jeter will offer something different than those other commitments, mainly a pass rush. That’s something the Irish are desperate to add.
“Great size and athleticism,” said Beaver Falls head coach Ryan Matsook. “Shows exceptional quickness and redirection for a big guy. Is an excellent student as well. He is a pretty nice canvas for any college to work with. Has all the physical tools.”