Michigan is in a prime position to land the nation’s top defensive back and #2 overall recruit, Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, New Jersey). Peppers is a beast and will make an instant impact at the college of his choice. He has narrowed his choices down to Michigan, LSU, Ohio State, Stanford and Penn State. Peppers visited LSU in April and received the full-court press from Les Miles and crew. Good for Les, but this is a battle he won’t beat the Wolverines in.
Peppers cancelled his planned visit to Stanford which seems to indicate he’s not going to play his college ball in Palo Alto. He is planning a second trip to Penn State on May 18th. That has to be encouraging for the Nittany Lions, but they must know it will be tough to convince a player of Peppers’ caliber to accept the fact that he won’t get to play in any bowl games until his senior season. And let’s face it, Peppers is so talented he’s probably not playing four years of college football.
Then there’s Michigan. The Wolverines recently snagged Peppers’ teammate Juwan Bushell-Beatty, a massive 6-foot-7, 330 pound offensive lineman. Peppers loves the Michigan coaches and is intrigued by the chance to play for Greg Mattison. He recently told the Detroit News about his conversations with Mattision. “He compared me to (Woodson) a lot actually, but my goal is that I want to be better than Charles Woodson,” . “I love the way Coach Greg Mattison uses his corners and his scheme. It absolutely fits into my style of play — aggressive (and) fearless. He wants his corners to be fearless. If he wants you to go lockup on an island, you had better lockup on that island. If he wants you to come off the edge, you better come off the edge ready to bring some pain.”
Peppers is an explosive athlete as well as a leader on and off the field. Most recruiting analysts believe he will ultimately commit to Michigan. This could happen as soon as the end of May. That would be a huge commitment for Brady Hoke as he continues to rebuild Michigan to all its glory. The defense has made huge improvements in the Hoke era and the best is yet to come.
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