What 5-star CB Jabrill Peppers brings to Michigan
Peppers, a consensus five-star prospect and the top recruit at his position for the class of 2014, is the highest-rated player to pick the Wolverines since 247Sports Composite began tracking athletes back in 2002.
“I grew up a Michigan fan and the opportunity to play for the program was one I couldn’t pass up," said Peppers. The direction of the program, we’re going to be competing for and winning national championships.
“The coaching staff reminds me of the coaches we have at Paramus Catholic. Down-to-earth, great guys that are having fun and are focused on winning and they love coaching Michigan football.”
Peppers is the ultimate athletic specimen and will contribute right away for Michigan upon arrival next year. He's a big defender (6-foot-1, 210) with explosive ability and could potentially make an impact on offense as well, making the comparison to former Wolverine Heisman winner Charles Woodson.
As a junior, Peppers compiled 77 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble on defense while adding 1,552 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on offense—not including five receiving scores.
He has elite quickness and can change direction and turn his hips in an instant to stick his opponents. His frame gives the coaching staff multiple options to where he'll play on the field, whether it be corner or safety.
“He’s an ultimate competitor,” said Peppers' head coach, Chris Partridge. “He comes to work every day. He’s intense and loves the game and works at it in every aspect. He’s someone that is upbeat. His skills are his skills. Off the field his leadership ability and the way he understands his teammates, and his unselfishness, he knows what he has to do to win football games and the way he competes is special. He gets it. We call him an old soul.”
Peppers isn't just a lockdown cover corner, either. He can lay the wood and place the big hit, which is another reason he can play so many different positions on defense—and there's no doubt he'll earn a spot on special teams.
In addition, he's extremely intelligent—he owns a 3.9 GPA and is striving to be an orthopedic surgeon.
Michigan is getting an all-around outstanding prospect and person in Peppers, and he could prove to be the biggest addition to the roster not only in the Hoke era, but since Woodson's years in the late 90s.
Peppers was also considering Ohio State, LSU, Penn State and Stanford.
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