The Michigan football program added a landmark player to their 2014 recruiting class in the form of five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers put of Paramus, New Jersey.
Jabrill Peppers has shown interest in Michigan since he was growing up, and it seems as if that interest lives on. Today, Jabrill Peppers has made a statement in the recruiting world, being one of the most popular names and players in the country. His skill set is almost untouchable as far as being a complete player is concerned, and any coach in the FBS, FCS, Division III, JUCO and High School want this kid, and for good reason. He can play at the highest level possible, and is smart. So with all that being said, Peppers is now a member of the Michigan Wolverines.
Peppers is a player that can honestly win the Heisman trophy as a freshman, and maybe a couple times over the duration of his career at UM. Peppers also did more than help out himself by committing to Michigan, he also helped out his entire football team going forward. Players like Peppers do not come around every year, so being able to have him in your class is a blessing.
What I mean by “helping his entire football team going forward” is that Peppers may have just opened the flood gates for the Wolverines. They already have one of the best classes in the nation, and adding the 2nd best player in the country to that list sure opens some eyes. Eyes of some coaches, recruiting blogs, and even prospects around the country are now wide open and are looking directly at Ann Arbor and the Big Ten as a serious contender for a dominant program for the next three years minimum.
This means many recruits may book an official visit to UM based on the roster alone, and could lead to some commit changes and some steals of other Top 150 commits as well. I’m looking at you Da’Shawn Hand, you too Mr. McDowell!
This also sets up a new, revamped rivalry with Ohio State that is sure to last for quite some time. There may be more than one case where you see Michigan and OSU playing in the regular season finale for a shot at the Big Ten Championship game for possibly the remainder of the decade.
What does Jabrill Peppers bring to Michigan? How about a combination of Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard and Leon Hall. Quite a comparison? For sure. But let me finish. He has the swagger and confidence of what Charles Woodson has. Return and big play abilities like Desmond Howard, and the shutdown ability of Leon Hall. Truly a one of a kind player that will make a big impact on a football program.
Being able to watch Jabrill play in person is one of the coolest things I’ve been apart of, mainly because he is all that he is talked up to be, and because he plays within walking distance of my house. Peppers is a player that is going to make impact whenever he’s on the field, whether that being on offense, defense or special teams, he will make an impact.
This commitment may have just awoken a sleeping giant in the Big Ten, and across the country. UM fans got a taste of it with the Sugar Bowl in 2011, and now this class has them smelling roses.
As always, Go blue!