Michigan picked up a new commitment in the 2017 class for the first time in a couple months when Beaver Falls (PA) DE Donovan Jeter pulled the trigger and gave his pledge to Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. Ranked as the 279th overall player in the 2017 class according to 247 Sports composite ranking, Jeter is a four-star and the 11th ranked SDE for the class.
In addition to holding a scholarship offer from Michigan, Jeter's offer sheet includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, and Wisconsin. Jeter was committed to Notre Dame for a few weeks until deciding to reopen his recruitment a couple weeks ago.
The one thing that jumps off the film at you is Jeter's first step. He's pretty quick off the ball and normally the one starting the contact, and that normally ends with him putting offensive tackles on skates. Most of the plays on his junior film end up with him in the backfield one way or another. Standing at 6-5, 250, his game is more predicated on speed than physical dominance, but some of the competition I saw looked lackluster. Still, pretty impressive for him to be able to move kids off the line of scrimmage as often as he does.
The one thing that I really love about Jeter's game is his violence. He plays the game with an unrelenting physicality that takes a toll on opponents. When he gets to the quarterback, he makes sure they will feel it for the rest of the game. Jeter tosses kids around like rag dolls half of the time, and the other half is him driving through a tackle. It is truly impressive. I think he hates every offensive position.
His motor is very good for a high school kid as well, never giving up on any plays. There were multiple times he ran down the line and took the correct angle to get to the ball carrier and it allowed him to make the play. He also runs down the line when it looks like he is out of the play, but when the runner looks to cut back, Jeter is there to clean it up. Really impressive stuff from a young defensive lineman.
He does play a little too upright at times, which, yeah. Young lineman. That will be smoothed out when he gets to Ann Arbor. There weren't many times he actually had to use any pass rush moves, but he looked capable enough when he had to call on them. He showed a solid ability to use a swim move, and he will develop more over the next few years.
Overall, I really like Jeter's game and what he brings to the table skill wise. He is sort of a tweener right now but could bulk up to play the anchor position (think Chris Wormley) down the road. He could also get up to 290 or so and play the 3-tech. He's got a solid burst and is a very good athlete. He should be a good one for the Wolverines.
Oh, and anyone who trash talks Brian Kelly is good in my book.