Tomorrow is the day that many in the recruiting world have been waiting for, when 2014 5-star athlete Jabrill Peppers announces his college decision between 4:45 and 6pm on ESPNU. The six schools in the running for his services in no particular order are LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, and Stanford.
Many believe that Michigan leads for Jabrill Peppers, who projects to be a shutdown corner at the college level. It would be a landmark signing for coach Brady Hoke and the program. The truth is, whoever lands this kid gets themselves one of the most talented players in the nation with the highest upside. Here’s what each team gains in two words if Peppers calls their name on Sunday evening.
- LSU: SEC dominance. What more would you be able to say about this one? An SEC school would again land one of the top talents in football and would be the next great shutdown corner to come out of LSU, much like Morris Claiborne.
- Michigan: Woodson 2.0. When you watch the film, you can definitely see the similarities in the two players. Peppers is a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the ball and could potentially give Michigan their first Heisman winner since Charles Woodson by the time his four years are up.
- Notre Dame: Biggest shock. There hasn’t been much news saying that ND was high on Pepper’s list. If this is the name he calls tomorrow, it would be a huge surprise.
- Penn State: Program changer. It says a lot about the job that Bill O’Brien has done with the football program that a player of Peppers’ caliber would could consider them high on his list. If Peppers came, others would follow.
- Rutgers: Hometown boy. It would be huge for Rutgers to keep Jabrill Peppers in-state. It would also be a great way to ring in their first year of play in the Big Ten by landing a player that two other conference schools went hard after.
- Stanford: Early leaders. Stanford was the top team on Peppers’ list early on in this process. A lot has happened with visits and such since then which has pushed Stanford by the wayside. They would love to bring it full circle and be the team he selects.
If I had to rank where I link Peppers is likely to land, Michigan is first on the list by a wide margin, but we’ve seen crazier things happen before. I think it goes Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State, Stanford, LSU, Notre Dame, but we will know for sure come Sunday evening. It will be a landmark day for whatever program secures his services.