Michigan’s class is back up to 17 commitments after Donovan Jeter announced his decision on Sunday afternoon.
Fresh off an official visit to Michigan on Saturday, Jeter chose Michigan.
After losing 4-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon’s commitment in the late summer, Michigan has found a replacement in Beaver Falls (Penn.) 4-star defensive lineman Donovan Jeter. Ranked as the No. 279 player in the country, Jeter adds to the talent of this Michigan class. Listed as a defensive end, Jeter has grown physically during this season, which has allowed him to line up at defensive tackle often. So more so than anything, the commitment could take care of the DT desperately needed in this class. Michigan now carries two, including 3-star Phillip Paea.
But before last week, the Wolverines looked like they were going to have to settle for a DT that isn’t a top target for them because Michigan was not expected to land Jeter, who was committed to Notre Dame, meaning they would need to bring back Solomon or land 4-star Jay Tufele. Instead, they showed Jeter a great visit to land exactly what they needed.
Many thought Jeter would go to in-state Pitt or Penn State.
“It was tough decision, but I feel it’s best for me and my family that I continue my education and football career at the University of Michigan,” Jeter said in his Twitter announcement.
As mentioned, Jeter was a DE all of 2015, but his senior season in 2016 has seen a lot of action in the interior line, which is where Michigan wants him. After watching film on him, I noticed that Jeter’s 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame looks a lot like that of Michigan senior DT Ryan Glasgow, height-wise, and a lot like Michigan junior DT Maurice Hurst, weight-wise. Underweight for a tackle, Hurst has become one of the very best DT in the nation. His first step off the line, combined with his athleticism, allowed him to improve this season.
It’s a similar situation with Jeter, except he has the height that Hurst doesn’t. Jeter has a lot to work on, mechanics-wise, and he will need to get quicker, but he has the raw talent and athleticism for any program.
In Jeter’s case, Brian Kelly’s loss is Jim Harbaugh’s gain.
“If I was a solder, I wouldn’t want anyone else leading me into war but Coach Harbaugh,” Jeter said in an Instagram post.
This puts Michigan’s 2017 class at 17 commitments, and No. 9 overall nationally.