If there was a bright spot in the wake of Notre Dame’s 17-10 collapse against Stanford on Saturday night it flashed Sunday morning on Twitter.
Backup quarterback Brandon Wimbush tweeted “If you depart the train now, there is no return. Stay with us through it, you will not regret it.” It’s one thing for a current player to back the program and another for a verbal commitment who’s only visited once to endorse that message.
Four-star defensive end Donovan Jeter did, re-tweeting Wimbush’s message and seemingly reinforcing Notre Dame’s verbal commitment that was newest to the future roster.
Barely 48 hours later, Jeter is off the commitment list.
While Jeter claims Notre Dame is still his top school, it’s rare for a prospect to de-commit and circle back to a program later, although Stephon Tuitt and Aaron Lynch are notable exceptions. If the Irish have a hope with the Beaver Falls, Pa., talent it’s the fact the Irish have two commits from Pittsburgh Central Catholic to stay on him. The 6-foot-6, 261-pound athlete credited Kurt Hinish and David Adams for getting Notre Dame into the picture in the first place.
Jeter, who didn’t listed Notre Dame among his finalists last summer, ultimately took an official visit for the Michigan State game and committed soon after. Now the Irish will have to work to get him back on board, hoping three months until National Signing Day and the rest of Jeter’s senior year at Beaver Falls High School are enough time refinish the job.
The Irish class now stands at 17 verbal commitments and three defensive linemen: Hinish, Darnell Ewell and Jonathan MacCollister.