No. 23 DE Donovan Jeter speaks the most with Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, ACC schools

June 2 -- Beaver Falls (Pa.) High defensive end Donovan Jeter breaks down his high-charged recruitment...

Donovan Jeter, the No. 23 defensive end prospect in the nation, did not officially trim his list, but he does have a timeframe for a decision and a big-time list of suitors.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from Beaver Falls (Pa.) High said he talks to Ohio StatePittsburghPenn StateMichiganNotre Dame and Alabama the most, and he remains in frequent contact with UCLA.

"I'll probably decide before the season," Jeter said. "I don't want to be a distraction for my team. I don't want reporters asking my teammates where I'm going to go and all that. I want my team to focus on a championship. That is the only focus we should have, not about where I'm going, where my friends are going. It's just about a championship, so I'm probably going to decide before the season."

Jeter already visited Ohio State, Pitt, Penn State, and West Virginia, and he is trying to set visits to Alabama, UCLA and Michigan but he did not set dates.

"I want to major in criminal justice," he said. "I want a place that has a good tradition, is a good school, and has good football. I don't want to go to a mediocre place. I want to go to a big-time program.

"Distance doesn't matter. My family is going to support me no matter where I go, so it doesn't matter how far I go from home. It really doesn't bother me."

However, many of the schools showing Jeter the most interest are within a few hours drive of his home in western Pennsylvania.

"I'm definitely going to be out at Ohio State again," Jeter said. "I love the atmosphere, I love the coaches. (Assistant) coach (Luke) Fickell and (defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson, those are two great guys right there. I really want to get out there again."

Jeter said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stays in contact.

"Coach Meyer is a great guy," Jeter said. "I've had multiple conversations with him, and I feel like Ohio State is just as good as Alabama. Urban Meyer wins everywhere he goes. Why wouldn't you want to play for a winner?"

Alabama is another school staying in contact with Jeter.

"Beyond national championships, they're like an NFL factory," Jeter said. "You're practicing against pros every day. There is probably going to be a scout there almost every practice. It doesn't get any bigger than Alabama. It doesn't get any bigger than Alabama and Ohio State."

Two other midwest schools are also the mix as Jeter looks to visit Notre Dame and Michigan in the coming months.

He does not have in-depth knowledge of either program, but he likes what he sees in Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, and he is interested with the experience level of defensive line coach Greg Mattison, who was the former defensive coordinator of the Balitmore Ravens.

"(Mattison) coached Ray LewisTerrell SuggsHaloti Ngata, Ed Reed," Jeter said. "It's different being coached by somebody who has coaching experience in the pros. That is a big plus for him. Plus, I love coach Harbaugh. He's energetic, crazy. I love him. He's a good coach.

"I might be going to Notre Dame in the summer. It is a school I heard a lot about growing up because of the academics and athletics. It is somewhere I want to see."

Penn State was on Jeter early, and it was able to get him on campus a few times last spring and summer. However, he said he last visited campus for the Lasch Bash in July 2015.

"It seems like a real positive spot," Jeter said. "It's all about keeping me in state, keeping Pennsylvania players in Pennsylvania. I think they're going to be a really good team this year."

Jeter has a strong connection to Penn State assistant Terry Smith.

"He's from the same place I'm from, Aliquippa (Pa.), so we have this common ground," Jeter said. "He is just a real cool guy. You can relate to him. It's not like he's one of those coaches who doesn't know how to talk around players, and be around players. He's a real player's coach. It's easy to relate to him."

While many of the schools are within a half-day's car trip for Jeter, UCLA offers something much different because of its location. There is also a commonality with Bruins defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, a long-time Penn State assistant who still recruits western Pennsylvania.

"I like UCLA," Jeter said. "They are a program on the rise. They're in the Top 25 every year. They're in Los Angeles, and that's one of the most beautiful cities. Who wouldn't want to live in Los Angeles?"

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