Notre Dame’s disappointing weekend on the field didn’t completely ruin what was a huge recruiting weekend for Notre Dame off the field. Weekend visitor Donovan Jeter, a 4-star DE, committed to Notre Dame on Monday over the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State.
Want to thank everyone that helped with the decision.. but here it is ? pic.twitter.com/yR3VYkEzM8
— 5⃣God (@JeteNificent34) September 19, 2016
Jeter visited Notre Dame officially this weekend and following the visit, he moved his commitment announcement plans from Halloween to today. Needless to say, Notre Dame knocked the visit out of the park despite coming up short against Michigan State.
Jeter is ranked as the #15 strong side defensive end by 247Sports and then #8 ranked player in the state of Pennsylvania – a state that is producing an abundance of recruits in Notre Dame’s class of 2017.
Notre Dame landed itself an elite defensive lineman by picking up Jeter. The Pennsylvania native held offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, Michigan State, and Ohio State. He joins Jonathon MacCollister as defensive ends in the class of 2017 for Notre Dame.
Based on the play of the Notre Dame defense this year, adding an elite defensive prospect is a huge addition for the Irish. Notre Dame is loading up on defense in this class and is putting together one of its strongest and most balanced defensive classes under Brian Kelly. The Irish have three defensive linemen, three linebackers, and two defensive backs.
Notre Dame now has 18 commitments for 2017 with five of them originally hailing from the Keystone state. Jeter joins David Adams, Josh Lugg, Kurt Hinish, and Robert Hainsey. Hainsey now lives in Florida and plays for IMG Academy but the elite offensive guard is from Pennsylvania originally.