The Hoosier State was the Wolverine State Last Night

Each week throughout the football season, we will be posting the stat lines of current Michigan commits. 

This week the games were at a minimum as many schools do not begin their seasons until next week, but for the three headed trio from Indiana of Chris Evans, Kiante Enis, and Brandon Peters, the season began and boy did it start with a bang.

Brandon Peters

14 for 19, 234 yards, 5 TDs

Brandon Peters was invited to the U.S Army All American Game earlier today and it appears the momentum carried over to his first game of the season.

Peters seemed to thrive early and demonstrate an even better arm than last season per Jake Thompson of the Hendricks County Flyer.

  
Peters may be the top quarterback in state of Indiana and showed in week 1 just why the hype has been so real.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans may be the best athlete in the 2016 class for Michigan.

His speed has been clocked at a sub 4.45 level and in his first week of play, he showed just how dynamic he is.

With only 4 carries, he amassed 112 yards and 3 touchdowns while adding 12 yards on two receptions.

Evans is another contender for the Mr. Football award in the Hoosier state and could see early playing time when he gets to Ann Arbor thanks to his game changing abilities with the ball in his hands.

Evans projects as a Slot WR/CB at the next level.

Kiante Enis

23 carries for 341 yards, 4 TD’s, and a 69yard INT return for a TD

Enis is the smallest of the three, and is the main competition of Evans for the best athlete in the Michigan class as it stands.

Last season he amassed 49 TDs and really blew up on the scene.

He wasted no time tonight in starting up his senior campaign while going for 341!!! yards and 4 TD’s. He also added a pick six to end the first half.

Much like Evans, Enis could project on both sides of the ball but it is my belief that he could be primarily seen on the offensive side of the ball.

After the game, GoBlueWolverine staff writer Josh Newkirk caught up with Enis and Enis mentioned that Michigan wants him to come in as a RB.

  

It’s pretty easy to see why after the record setting performance..

His coach Mike Jones added, “Easy, Kiante makes our job easy.”
Michigan may have landed the top three prospects in the state of Indiana for 2016, and in Game 1, these three young men proved me, and the coaches to be correct.

Look out for the next weekly stat lines in 7 days.

Go Blue!

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QB Commit Brandon Peters Invited to US Army All American Game

Earlier today, just before he prepped himself for his first game, Avon (IN) QB, and Michigan commit, Brandon Peters was invited to the Army All American Game, per Steve Wiltfong.

  
The Army All American Game is composed of 75 of the top seniors in the country in partnership with Rivals.com and the United States Army. 

Peters has really risen in rankings thanks to a strong camp season and could very well end up being a 5* prospect by the time all things are said and done.

Peters has hopes of enrolling early.

David Cutcliffe Speaks On Brandt Report

Back when Brady Hoke was fired, esteemed NFL writer, Gil Brandt, wrote on Twitter that Michigan offered its head coaching job to current Duke coach, David Cutcliffe and Cutcliffe turned down the job mentioning how,”The times have changed in college football.”

Amidst scrutiny and rage in the fan base, Michigan fans spoke out and highly disputed this to ever be the case to the extent where fans were blocked by Brandt, himself, on social media after the enraged backlash.

Today in Washington D.C, Cutcliffe brought his team to the Redskins game against the Lions to watch former OL and first round pick of the Lions, Laken Tomlinson.

When asked about the report from Brandt, Cutcliffe noted, “The university gauged back channel interest on me leaving and once I stated that I loved Duke and the University as a whole, it was just left at inquiries and nobody went further than that.”

He also added, “Inquiries don’t mean you have been offered a job, I have the best job in America.”

It is nice to put to rest, now, that Michigan never offered him the job, as Jim Harbaugh eventually was offered and agreed to become the team’s 20th football coach.

The full article from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press can be found here.

Tony Butler Down to 3

For quite a long time it was presumed that Michigan would eventually flip CB Tony Butler from Pittsburgh.

 After he decommitted from Pitt, he took a visit to Ann Arbor and loved it, but a month later he has trimmed his list down to three schools, one of which is not Michigan.

Butler announced today per Bill Greene that he is down to Clemson, West Virginia, and Arizona State with a decision set for September.

It had been a belief by some that Butler never held a commitable offer from JH and staff.

It now appears all sights at the CB position are set on Penn State commit and Detroit MLK CB Lavert Hill.

For those of you that may not know, Lavert Hill is the younger brother of current Michigan safety, Delano Hill. He also recently visited for the BBQ and had glowing remarks about Michigan per Scout. 

We wish Tony Butler all the best in his college endeavors.

The Definitive Guide To Michigan Spring Practice.

Yesterday I attended practice inside Al Glick field house. It was all business from start to finish. Harbaugh himself did not coach any single position, but instead moved from station to station throughout the day. The only time he worked with the quarterbacks exclusively was while they warmed up their arms. The players stretched individually before practice, then walked through plays on both side of the ball. The Wolverines conditioned periodically throughout practice, and took a few five-minute breaks at the “Fuel Station” on the sideline where there was Gatorade and snacks. Harbaugh was constantly coaching and teaching, from the back up full back to starting quarterback. Only one time did he raise his voice and yell out of frustration. The coaching staff as a whole is a slightly different story; all of them with the exception of Greg Mattison are very intense and adamant. Time Drevno is a hell of an offensive line coach, very demanding and seems to be a great teacher. Following this will be a list of players that were absent or did not participate in practice, and following that will be the depth chart that I saw with yesterdays players.

Players that did not participate:
-Mario Ojemudia: MIA
– Da’Mario Jones: MIA
– Sione Houma: MIA
– Noah Furbush: MIA
– Chris Fox: MIA
– Drake Harris: Limited participation.
– Dave Dawson: Fully dressed, no participation however.
– Terry Richardson: Fully dressed, no participation however.
– Ondre Pipkens: Limited Participation.
– Ty Isaac: Limited Participation, undisclosed reason.
– Jabrill Peppers: Had his wisdom teeth removed earlier in the week.
– Taco Charlton: Wore shirt & T-Shirt at practice. Undiclosed reason.
– Dan Samullsen: Came up lame during conditions. Upper leg.
– Drake Johnson: Recovering from a torn ACL
– Graham Glasgow: Suspended
– Khalid Hill: Recovering from a torn ACL
– Matt Godin: Suspected lower body injury.

-Things that stood out to me:
– Shane Morris was the first player out of the locker room and on the field.
– Ty Isaac is a MONSTER. Dude looks like a tight end.
– Three players saw reps at center today (Cole, Kugler, Bars) and all three had poor snaps all afternoon. Jim Harbaugh was taking a large interest in that position all day.
– Juwann Bushell Beatty & Lawrence Marshall & Ian Bunting have made the biggest freshman to sophomore leap physically. JBB and Bunting are growing into what appears to be NFL frames, and Marshall looks like a fully grown man, and is absolutely jacked.
– Chase Winovich has moved to tight end, and his athleticism suits him well at the position.
– Henry Poggi & Tom Stroebel split time all afternoon at Defensive Line and Tight End/H-Back.
– Brian Cole is the real deal, already physically ready for the D1 game.
– The defense came out In a traditional 3-4, and only moved to a four man front for a Nickel package that was similar to a 4-2-5
– Dennis Norfleet is one of the unquestioned upper classmen leaders of this team. He has the respect of all of his team mates and is an exceptional leader by example on the field.

Quarterbacks:
1. Shane Morris, Jr-
. Shane Morris ran with the 1’s all afternoon. In warm ups and seven on seven drills, Morris was dropping dimes, and I cannot recall a single ball of his hitting the ground. It was readily apparent that he has the best command of the offense of all QB’s, At this point it appears it is Morris’s job to lose.
2. Alex Malzone, Fr
Alex got all of the 2’s reps, and a small portion of the 1’s as well. He looks very comfortable with the offense, and is playing better than expected at this point.
3. Wilton Speight, RFr
Speight struggled with accuracuy all afternoon, and got very few reps with the starters. Appears to be outside looking in at this point and was underwhelming all day long.
4. Garrett Moores, RFr
Moores is the only other QB to receive team reps today, albeit with the back ups.

Running Backs:
1. De’Veon Smith, Jr-
De’veon ran only with the 1’s during the team portion of practice. Expect him to tote the rock this season in some form.
2. Derrick Green, Jr
Green appears to be in great shape, and is speed has improved. If only he would keep his feet going. One of the few backs to get team reps with starters.
3. Antonio Whitfield, Jr
Suprisingly, Whitfield got a number of carries behind the 1st Oline, and not all of them were out of shotgun. I’d be surprised if he saw the ball much during the regular season, but today showed the coaches trust him.
4. Wyatt Shallman, Jr-
Shallman is definitely now playing tail back. He ran with the 1’s in seven on seven, both catching the ball and in pass pro. However he received few if any 1st team carries in team.

Fullback:
1. Joe Kerridge, RSr
Kerridge will undoubtedly be Michigan’s starting full back in 2015.
2. Brady Pallante, So
Pallante moved to tight end from Defensive Tackle, and the move has paid off. Brady moves well and saw a few 1st team goal line reps.

Slot Receiver:
1. Dennis Norfleet, Sr
Norfleet had a good a practice as anyone. He looks very comfortable under Harbaugh, and his route running and plays after the catch were great today. He stood out as a leader of the receiving core in a big way today.
2. Brian Cole, Fr
Cole is physically ready for the game, however is a freshman swimming right now. I’ll be shocked if he isn’t a part of the offense come week one, and becomes a monster on special teams.
3. Bo Dever, Sr
Dever played sparingly last season, and with Norfleet stepping up, it appears that will be the case this year also.

X Receiver:
1. Amara Darboh, Sr
Darboh did nothing specactular all day, but he had a good command of the offense and saw a lot of 1st team reps.
2. JaRon Dukes, Jr
Dukes had himself a great practice. He stood out among receivers all day, and saw some 1st team reps. He’ll be apart of the offense this season.
3. Maurice Ways, So
Ways passes the eye test with ease. He caught a few jump balls and stood out during seven on seven. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him catch a few this season.

Z Receiver:
1. Jehu Chesson, Sr
Chesson ran with the 1’s all day. Like Darboh, he wasn’t spectacular, but he seemed the most comfortable in the offense.
2. Freddy Canteen, So
Canteen split 1st & 2nd team reps all day, and looked comfortable under Harbaugh. Expect him to find this end zone this year.
3. Jack Wangler, RSo
Wangler played well in seven on seven, but underwhelmed during the team session.

Tight End:
1. Jake Butt, Jr
Butt did everything for the offense in what will be a complicated TE role. Performed well.
2. AJ Williams, Sr
AJ has always been an inline tight end, and that will not change under Harbaugh. He’s basically an extra offensive lineman.
3. Ian Bunting, RFr
Bunting has filled his frame and is a full grown man on the field. He performed well physically but did not seem to have a good handle on the offense.
Of Note: Henry Poggi, Chase Winovich and Tom Stroelbel all repped at tight end and H-Back. I wouldn’t exactly rank them on this list but it is of note. Stroebel strictly played on the LOS, and always blocked. Poggi and Winovich were used more as H-Backs. Thye both blocked and received.

Left Tackle:
1. Logan Tulley-Tillman, RSo
LTT got more than half of the reps at left tackle and performed well. I could definitely see him starting there week one.
2. Mason Cole, So
Cole is currently repping at Center for the 1st team. However, if Tillman is not up to the challenge at Left Tackle, Cole will step in and succeed.

Left Guard:
1. Eric Magnuson, Sr
Magnuson has the left guard spot all but locked up.
2. Blake Bars, Sr

Center:
1. Mason Cole, Fr
2. Patrick Kugler, RSo
Kugler got half of the first team reps, and played well other than his poor snaps.
3. Blake Bars, Sr
Bars was the go-to when both Kugler and Cole struggled with his snaps.

Right Guard:
1. Kyle Kalis, RJr
Kalis is finally living up to his billing out of High School.
2. Greg Froelich, Jr
Froelich got a decent amount of the 2nd team right guard reps
Right Tackle:

1. Ben Braden, RJr
Braden is a true mauler, once he gets his hands on you; youre toast. Braden will start here week one.
2. Juwann Bushell-Beatty, RFr
JBB impressed me today, both with his size and play.

Offensive Recap: If they played tomorrow, Morris would start at QB. The running backs will be by committee all season unless someone separates themselves from the pack. Early on I think we’ll see the more experienced guys at receiver (Darboh, Chesson) but as the season progresses we’ll see more Canteen, Ways & Cole. Dennis Norfleet will be properly utilized under Drevno, and you can expect to see the ball in his hands. Butt is an all conference tight end at worst, and will be one of our leading receivers. Ian Bunting looks great after putting on some weight, and as the season moves along we’ll see more and more of him. As far as the Oline goes, it all hinges on if LTT can play left tackle. If he can, the line will look like this :LTT, Magnuson, Cole, Kalis, Braden. If LTT cannot get the job done, Cole will move back outside and Pat Kugler will start at center. The offense ran a LOT of pistol, using multiple full backs and tight ends in the back field. Not much one-back under center, but there was a lot of one-back out of shotgun. Of the players already on the roster that did not participate, I expect Khalid Hill, Ty Isaac, Sione Houma, Dave Dawson, Drake Johnson, Drake Harris and Graham Glasgow could all play a role this upcoming season. Of the incoming freshman that could make an impact, There is Grant Perry, Zack Gentry, Karan Higdon, Grant Newsome, Tyrone Wheatley Jr and Jon Runyan Jr.

Defensive Groups (3-4 Look)
LDE:
1. Willie Henry, RJr
2. Henry Poggi, Jr
– Both players did well in pass rushing drills and more than held their own during team. Henry appeared in shape and Poggi is playing well enough that he wont fully transition to offense.

NT:
1. Ryan Glasgow, RJr
2. Bryan Mone, So
– Glasgow had a better command of the new off man front, while Mone is physically better. Expect to see a lot of Mone in the 3-4 look.

RDE:
1. Chris Wormley, RSr
2. Maurice Hurst, RSo
– Wormley played very well from the 5 technique and displayed quickness I didn’t know he had. Hurst used his leverage and explosiveness to make plays in the backfield during team.

ROLB:
1. James Ross, Sr
2. Allen Gant, Sr
– Neither Ross nor Gant rushed the passer much from this spot, but both were decent in pass coverage and run support.

MLB:
1. Joe Bolden, Jr
2. Desmond Morgan, RSr
3. Ben Gedeon, Jr
4. Mike McCray, RSo
– Bolden is becoming a leader of this defense physically. Him and Morgan did a decent job of getting off blocks in the new 3-4 look. Gedeon and McCray both have the size to play inside and fight off bigger Linemen than them.

LOLB:
1. Royce Jenkins-Stone, Sr
2. Lawrence Marshall, RFr
– RJS and Marshall both rushed the passer a lot from the spot, and both did well. However I think they both stand to lose playing time with Charlton and Ojemudia healthy.

CB:
1. Jourdan Lewis, Jr
2. Blake Countess, RSr
3. Channing Stribling, Jr
4. Reon Dawson, RSo
5. Ross Taylor-Douglass, RSo
– When the defense had three corners on the field, Stibling went outside and Countess played in the slot. Dawson was underwhelming all day and it was apparent that RTD is still transitioning back to the corner position.

SS:
1. Delano Hill, Jr
2. Dymonte Thomas, Jr
– Hill played well all day, even playing in the box as a line backer in some looks. Thomas did not get many team reps but he made the most of them when he did, registering a few pass break ups.

FS:
1. Jarrod Wilson, RSr
2. Jeremy Clark, RJr
– With Peppers out, Wilson was the quarterback of the secondary. He got most of the team reps, while Clark did nothing of note.

Defensive Recap: All we saw as a base defense on Saturday was the 3-4. While I don’t think that will be our base defense all season, it will definitely be in the mix a lot. Durkin’s defense blitzed all day, from the line backer position as well as the corner position. For most of the day the DB’s were in press-man coverage. Channing Stribling, Jourdan Lewis, Dymonte Thomas and Delano Hill all impressed and had interceptions against the 2’s and 3’s. At one point, Delano Hill (Filling in for Peppers) was up in the box, playing some sort of Monster backer. It was clear that the defense’s biggest priority was just getting lined up properly and knowing their assignment, which they did well for most of the day. I would have to say that the DLine is pretty set with those six rotational players, and the same goes for the linebackers. I don’t think there will be any surprises at those spots this season. The only mystery in the secondary; but its not a matter of who will play, but where those guys will play. Incoming freshman who could contribute are Tyree Kinnel, Shelton Johnson, Keith Washington and Reuben Jones.
Based off of what I saw yesterday, I’d say the four guys with the best shot at being Captains are: Dennis Norfleet, Joe Bolden, Jake Butt, Jarrod Wilson.

For any questions regarding my observations or projections going forward in the season, please tweet me @BleedBlueCoachT

Hello Coach Nussmeier

Welcome Wolverine fans! With all that’s happened the past couple days I thought we would go ahead and recap. First off I would like to say how big of a hire Nussmeier was. Huge get for the Wolverines. All the blogs I have been reading have had one consistent question which is what is going to change the most in the offense. Honestly, there is really only one thing, execution and he is going to run the ball. A lot. Coach Nuss is a proven winner with a phenomenal  track record who has shown he can win pretty much anywhere he goes. From his previous employers, they all say the same thing. He is a perfectionist who’s work ethic is unmatched. What I also believe has been unappreciated is how good of a recruiter he is. He is currently ranked the number one recruiter in the BIG10. Nussmeier was also in contention for the Washington Head Coach position so that should tell you how widely this man is respected. This is nothing but good news for the Wolverines.

Other News

Current Minnesota commit RB Jeff Jones seems to be showing more and more interest and Michigan and trust me the feeling is mutual. Jones was offered by Michigan shortly after his jaw dropping performance at the Under Armour game this month. Jones has an official visit to Ann Arbor scheduled for January 31. In the time I’ve spent watching his film, WOW. Jones has great speed and is a deceptively strong runner who is not afraid to lower his shoulder. Inevitably, I believe Jones lands in Ann Arbor and will be a force to reckon with by the time its all said and done. Stay tuned for more recruiting updates and Go Blue!

Matt Ray

Jabrill Peppers Film Breakdown

Class of 2014

Position: CB/ATH

Height: 6’1

Weight: 210

Since this is my first post, I’d like to explain a little bit how I’m going to be doing these film breakdowns. With each position, there are certain traits that those players must have in order to make them a complete football player. What I’ve done is picked out traits that I think are most important specific to positions as well as traits that are important to every position on the field. For example, Coverage is a trait that is vital to players that play in the back seven, but for offensive players, it has no value. On the flip side, Body is something that is important to every position on the field. Having the right size on the field can differ based on scheme and position, but the importance of it doesn’t change. Hopefully that’s simple enough, and if not, it should become clearer as you keep reading.

Alright, now let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Jabrill Peppers is an absolute freak. He’s one of those special talents that only come around every few years, and every school in the country is clamoring to get his signature. He’s a winner, plain and simple. Every year he’s been in high school he’s lead his team to a state title. It’s not just staying at one dominant program either, he started at Don Bosco Prep and won his first two there, and then after his sophomore season he transferred to Paramus Catholic where he would go on to win two more state championships. Jabrill has the skill to be elite on both sides of the ball at RB, WR, CB, or S. Let that sink in. He is one of the hardest people to tackle in the country and has also been raved about by every coach/media member that watches him. Just recently, he participated in the Under Armour All-America game and his coach, none other than former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, called him the best high school DB he’s ever seen. Remember Vernon Hargreaves? The same Vernon Hargreaves that dominated in this same game last year, locked up receivers in the practices leading up to it, and was named First Team All-SEC after his freshman season at Florida? Yeah, well apparently Jabrill is better. Suck it SEC.

Body: A+

Jabrill has the size already that has college and even NFL scouts drooling. It’s truly rare when you can find a big corner of his size, but can also move with the fluidity and speed that Peppers does. One big aspect of this is that he doesn’t have an ounce of bad weight on him. Many high school prospects will come in with a lot of work to do in the weight room, either to put on weight or to cut bad weight, but Peppers already looks the part of a college corner.

Athleticism: A+

This is where Peppers really separates himself from the pack. He has the versatility to dominate as any skill position on offense as well as any defensive position in the back seven. If that doesn’t speak to his remarkable athleticism, I don’t know what on earth would. Right now, Peppers is being recruited on the defensive side of the ball by Michigan, but in the future he could definitely have an impact on the offensive side of the ball as well. On film, he has the quick feet to stick with receivers and also leave defenders wondering why they’re diving into a whole lot of air, the strength to run over defenders and to plow through ball carriers, and the ups to either reel in a jump ball or break it up. Two-way athleticism at its finest folks.

Speed: A+

Many skill position players also bring their talents to the track, and Jabrill not only brings those with him, but also his winning ways. His junior season, he won the state title for the 100 and 200 meter dashes and nearly rewrote the record books, narrowly missing the mark by only tenths of a second. This speed is put to great use on the gridiron because it helps him stick with receivers running deep routes, and if he gets the ball in the open field, you hear the fat lady belting out her favorite tunes. Nobody’s catching him from behind.

Tackling: A

Nitpicking at it’s finest. Jabrill’s highlight tape is full of him absolutely crushing kids that are unlucky enough to be carrying the ball. Big hits make football that much more fun. However, a lot of times when players try to deliver that big, Sportscenter-type hit, they fail to wrap up. This is a big no-no in tackling. In high school, Peppers can get away with it because he’s bigger and stronger than everyone else, but once he reaches the next level, there are going to be certain players that have the balance and power to bounce off of those types of hits. Wrapping up on tackles is becoming a lost art in the modern era of football and it leads to more and more missed tackles. On Jabrill’s tape, there are plenty of instances where he, indeed, does wrap up and drive the ball carrier to the ground, but there are also times where he doesn’t, and that is the only thing that worries me, his consistency. We all love watching the big hit, but when Jabrill can bring his power (GOOD GRAVY he can rock people) while also bringing his arms with him to wrap up, people will think twice about bringing the ball to his side. Again, I don’t see this as a huge issue in his game right now, but it’s easy to fall into bad habits, especially since it’s a lot easier to get away with things like that in high school. Again, it’s just nitpicking, people.

Run Support: A+

Now, I know run support and tackling seem very similar, because in truth they are. The way I’m looking at it though, is a bit different. What I’m grading this is on is the ability to shed blocks, pursue the ball carrier, and recognize the play. I absolutely love Peppers’ instincts and play recognition on the defensive side of the ball. He is used as a LB, CB, and S, so he can make plays all over the field. As a LB and S he fills the hole hard and normally doesn’t allow for extra yardage, and he recognizes the play very quickly as well. One thing that stuck out to me when he plays CB is that he gets his hands on the receiver first. When a receiver comes out of his stance, he’s either going to run a route or come out to block. If the corner can get his hands on the receiver first, it becomes clear what he wants to do. When he’s coming to block, he’ll stay engaged with the corner, trying to keep him out of the play, but if he’s running a route, he’ll try and shed the corner and get back into his route. Peppers does a great job of reading his receiver, finding the ball, and taking great angles to make the play.

Coverage: A

Many of Jabrill’s defensive highlights are of him making big hits, so making a read on coverage, particularly man coverage, was a little tougher. As a LB and S, Jabrill is asked to play a lot of zone, and that is definitely an area where he excels. He has quick fluid hips that allow him to turn and run with any receiver that gets in his zone, and he has the awareness to know who’s in his zone and who to pass off. In man coverage, there wasn’t as much of a sampling, but he still flips his hips well in order to turn and run, and he definitely has the speed and agility to stick with anyone. When Herm Edwards lauds you as the best high school DB he’s ever seen, there’s not too much to argue with, he definitely has the potential of a lock-down corner.

Ball Skills: A+

Peppers is just one of the players that has a nose for the football. Whether it’s on offense or defense, when the ball is in the air, he’s going to come down with it or it’s going to the ground so the opposing player doesn’t. He has the ability to be able to time jump balls perfectly and, even though he’s no Spud Webb, he definitely has the jumping ability to climb the ladder and go get it. In zone and man coverages, he makes great breaks on the ball, whether it’s getting there before the receiver does and picking it off or being able to time a hit and break up the pass.

Football IQ: A+

This is one of the hardest traits for me to grade out based on film because it’s not as tangible as the others. Things like reading your keys, staying disciplined on assignments, and getting in position to make the play are things that I look for. Peppers is seemingly always in position to make a play for his team, and that makes him such a valuable asset because he knows where to be and what to do to make that play. He reads his keys, recognizes from there whether it’s a run or a pass, and then finds his assignment and sticks to it. These are all signs of an incredibly disciplined and well-prepared football player. One play sticks out to me the most though and it wasn’t on the defensive side of the ball. In his senior highlight tape, Peppers is lined up at WR and is tasked with stalk blocking the CB over him. Once the QB dumps the ball off to the RB, he takes off towards the corner of the endzone. Peppers is midblock, but realizes there is a more immediate threat to the ball carrier, so he disengages quickly and then pancakes the only defender that had a decent angle to make the play. Result of the play: Touchdown. It’s those kind of plays that assure my thoughts that Jabrill Peppers is an incredibly smart football player and knows how to put himself, as well as his teammates, in position to make plays.

Overall: A+

Jabrill Peppers has the potential to be a program changing player for Michigan. He’s the highest rated recruit to take the field for the Wolverines in years, and he’s done more than enough to solidify himself in that top group of elite prospects. The major thing that worries me is all the hype that is surrounding him. Too many people are expecting him to be the immediate savior of the program after it’s most recent, disappointing season. Does he have the talent to lead and help change this program? Absolutely. Is he still only going to be a freshman next Fall? Yes. The learning curve from high school football to D1 college football is steep, and mistakes are going to be made along the way. The good news is that Jabrill has the work ethic and drive to really perfect his craft and become the best player he can be. He wants to be the best ever and he has the mindset and determination that will make his fellow teammates want to follow him. This is one of Michigan’s most important pickups in the Class of 2014, and I can’t wait to seem him suit up in a winged helmet.

Thank you fans for the read, comment any thoughts, feedback, or questions, and Go Blue!

-Michael Dunn

 

 

Get to Know Top 2015 Recruit Jashon Cornell

Michigan has already landed two top 20 recruits in the 2015 class in George Campbell (WR/Tarpon Springs, Fl.) and Damien Harris. (RB/Berea, Ky.).
The number one ranked recruit of the class is strongly considering Michigan.
Jashon Cornell is from Saint Paul, Minnesota and attends Creton Derham High School. He is 6’3 and weighs 238 pounds. Continue reading “Get to Know Top 2015 Recruit Jashon Cornell”

Malik McDowell talks Southfield and recruiting

It is now official, Malik McDowell will be granted transfer to Southfield High from Detroit Loyola.
“I am very relieved,” McDowell said.
Southfield will now have arguably the best defensive line in the state with the addition of the defensive end/tackle McDowell to Lawrence Marshall, a d-end and 2014 Michigan commit.
With both lining up together, it will be tough for ayn offensive line to block both.
McDowell can’t wait for Monday’s first official practice of the season and to be on the same line as Marshall.
“We worked out at the same gym. It’s going to be fun and will mean less double and triple teams,” McDowell said of the new Blue Jays duo.
Recruiting Update
As of now, McDowell says that there is not a leader, nor a top five list of schools he is interested in attending. Also there currently is not a date set for his decision.
McDowell is sitting on offers from Alabama, Florida, and LSU as well as the big ten’s Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. He also holds offers from Florida State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Syracuse, UCLA, and USC.
Ironically, McDowell was ranked 67th in the 2014 class by ESPN in their updated top 300, the same number he wore at Detroit Loyola and will hope to wear at Southfield.
Marshall was a part of getting McDowell to Southfield and said he is trying to bring him to Michigan as well.
“If you want to go to the best school, then you got to go to Michigan. We have the best class right now,” Marshall said in an interview about recruiting McDowell to Muchigan at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp on June 14.
For McDowell, his recruiting process has been a blessing and a curse at the same time.
“The opportunity to go to college for free is a true blessing, but the constant calls of people trying to get me to go to their school is the curse.”
“I think I’m doing pretty well in the recruiting area.”
Cass Tech matchup
Southfield opens their season up Aug. 30 against Cass Tech at Wayne State in the Prep Football Classic.
McDowell is optimistic of his team’s chances.
“I’m ready.”
Where will he end up?
Similar to fourth ranked overall in 2014 Da’Shawn Hand, it is sometimes hard to read McDowell and the direction of his recruitment.
McDowell is not sure if he will be in attendance of the M

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