Minutes after announcing the list of schools in his “Final 5”, I had a chance to talk with Beaver Falls defensive tackle Donovan Jeter. Just imagine having offers from all the top schools in the country and then having to reduce that list to just five.
“It was beyond difficult,” said Jeter. “I left out great schools like Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. They’re all great schools and honestly, I wish I could play for them all but obviously I can’t. I just sat down and thought about where I could see myself playing football and also the academics.”
Jeter then told me specifically why each of these schools made his final cut.
Tennessee– “I have a great relationship with Coach Jones and Coach Shoop from when he was at Penn State. They’re really on the rise right now and the SEC is the pinnacle of college football.”
Alabama– “I’d be a fool not to put Alabama in my Top 5. They’re the most dominant school in the country for the last 10 years. They have to be in there.”
Penn State– “I have a great relationship with the coaches. When I went up there, I love the atmosphere and the coaches treated me real well. Happy Valley is just a great place.”
Ohio State- “They’re another dominant school and basically the Alabama of the North. They’re winners. Coach Larry Johnson is one of the most sincere people that I’ve ever been around, he’s a great person. I kind of grew up an Ohio State fan. Would’ve been hard to keep them out.”
Pitt- “That’s my man Coach Narduzzi. I’m up there almost every other weekend with my brother, so I’m up there a lot and have a great feel for the campus and the social life at Pitt. Plus, they’re basically my hometown school, 40 minutes away. And I feel that Coach Narduzzi has done a great job and has gotten them back on track and I think they’re going to have a big year this year.”
Jeter finished by telling me that he plans on enrolling early into college and plans on making a final decision in November, after he has a chance to make some official visits.