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4 Star Defensive End Donovan Jeter Commits To Notre Dame. What Does This Mean?

Notre Dame has ZERO sack right now, so they are trying to recruit some.

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Although the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took a huge hit on Saturday night after falling to the Michigan State Spartans, they have already made a huge hit out of the massive recruiting weekend that the football program hosted.

Four star defensive end, Donovan Jeter, from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania is the newest commitment for the incoming class of 2017.

Notre Dame is in desperate need of pass rushers, and even though Jeter is more of a strong side defensive end, he still has the ability to push upfield and create a pass rush both inside and coming off of the edge. A possible pairing of Jeter and current Notre Dame freshman Daelin Hayes could be EXACTLY what Brian Kelly is looking for and in need of along the defensive front.

Donovan Jeter has a tremendous frame at 6-5, 250 pounds and he uses that frame to collapse on defenders in high school. At the next level, it’s his ability to use his violent hands and really nice rip move that will help shed those blocks and allow him to zero in on the ball carrier- as well as the quarterback. He looks much more athletic than what is on the Notre Dame roster at SDE right now.

Notre Dame has really hit western Pennsylvania hard this recruiting cycle, and has had some real gems commit to the Fighting Irish. The WPIAL kids are:

  • 4 Star LB David Adams
  • 4 Star OT Joshua Lugg
  • 4 Star OG Robert Hainsey
  • 3 Star DT Kurt Hinish
  • 4 Star DE Donovan Jeter

That’s a lot of beef coming from the Keystone State.

While this commitment was sold as a possibility going into last weekend by a handful of recruiting gurus, the loss at home has a way of making people believe that Notre Dame did a bad job with its recruits.

That, it seems, has turned out to be joyfully incorrect.

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Fifth Year Senior

Avery Davis

Ian Book

Brandon Wimbush*

DeShone Kizer*

Malik Zaire

Running Back

CJ Holmes

Deon Macintosh

Tony Jones

Josh Adams

Dexter Williams

Justin Brent*

Tarean Folston

Wide Receiver

Jordan Pouncey

Michael Young

Chase Claypool

Javon McKinley

Kevin Stepherson

CJ Sanders

Miles Boykin*

Equanimous St. Brown

Corey Holmes*

Tori Hunter Jr.

Tight End

Cole Kmet

Brock Wright

Alize' Jones

Nic Weishar*

Tyler Luatua

Jacob Matuska

Durham Smythe


Tristan Hoge*

Sam Mustipher*


Dillan Gibbons

Robert Hainsey

Parker Boudreaux

Trevor Ruhland*

Jimmy Byrne*

Quentin Nelson*

Colin McGovern

Hunter Biven


Josh Lugg

Liam Eichenberg

Tommy Kraemer

Alex Bars*

Mike McGlinchey

Defensive Tackle

Darnell Ewell

Kurt Hinish

Jerry Tillery

Micah Dew-Treadway*

Brandon Tiassum*

Elijah Taylor*

Pete Mokwah*

Daniel Cage

John Montelus

Defensive End

Jonathon MacCollister

Donovan Jeter

Ade Ogundeji

Julian Okwara

Daelin Hayes

Khalid Kareem

Jonathon Bonner

Jay Hayes*

Andrew Trumbetti


David Adams

Pete Werner

Drew White

Jamir Jones

Jonathon Jones

TeVon Coney

Josh Barajas*

Asmar Bilal*

Greer Martini

Nyles Morgan


Said Adebo

Julian Love

Donte Vaughn

Troy Pride

Shaun Crawford*

Ashton White*

Nick Coleman

Nick Watkins

Isaiah Robertson

Spencer Perry

DJ Morgan

Devin Studstill

Jalen Elliott

Nico Fertitta

Drue Tranquill*


John Shannon

Justin Yoon

Tyler Newsome*
Totals 18/85 41/85 62/85 82/85 91/85

* Player eligible for a fifth year.