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Irish land blue-chip DE Donovan Jeter

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On a weekend that went the wrong way for the Irish on the field, Notre Dame landed a key piece of the future at a position of need. Pennsylvania DE Donovan Jeter committed to the Irish on Monday, making the decision less than 24 hours after taking his official visit.

Jeter picked Notre Dame over offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Penn State Michigan and Pitt. His brother plays basketball for Pitt.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end is a four-star prospect with national offers. He plays a position where the Irish clearly need to get better, as we saw last weekend. And Jeter will help, a prospect who compares favorably at this age to Isaac Rochell, a strongside defensive end who has some pass rush skills as well.

Jeter took to Twitter to make the announcement:

Notre Dame’s pipeline into Western Pennsylvania is well established. In the 2017 class alone, Jeter joins linebacker David Adams, defensive lineman Kurt Hinish and offensive lineman Josh Lugg. The 2018 cycle already has quarterback Phil Jurkovec, one of the nation’s top prospects. And give Hinish an assist for landing Jeter, who had all but crossed the Irish off his list.

This from Blue & Gold’s Corey Bodden—who also details recruiting coordinator Mike Elston’s relentless pursuit of Jeter.

“Honestly Notre Dame wasn’t even in my top five [in July],” Jeter said. “I was at Kennywood [Amusement Park] with Kurt Hinish. He was just on my case like ‘you’ve got to come to Notre Dame with me and this and that.’ Me and Kurt are good friends…so on the way home I was thinking ‘well they are Notre Dame’ and I put them back in.

“[Coach Elston] played a big role because he almost talked to me almost every day. Just checking on me and pitching me on Notre Dame. It worked out. Not every college talks to someone almost every day. It just showed I was important to them.”

That’s 18 members in the 2017 recruiting cycle, with Jeter ranked near the top of the heap. The Irish will have another big recruiting weekend for the Stanford game, with a handful of other national prospects set to come to campus.