Jabrill Peppers Announcement Would Mark Brady Hoke's Biggest Signing Yet

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2013

Apr 13, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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If Jabrill Peppers' announcement on Sunday turns out to be yet another big-time signing for Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines, it will be his biggest signing yet.

Peppers is the kind of marquee athlete that will headline a recruiting class. He's a 6'1", 205-pound athlete that will likely play cornerback but has the versatility to play other positions. He's unanimously a 5-star prospect and one of the best players in the class regardless of position. 

The Paramus Catholic (NJ) athlete is expected to make his highly anticipated decision Sunday, May 27 at roughly 5:15 p.m. ET according to 247Sports.

According to the site, the finalists for Peppers include LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers. However, Michigan is listed as the favorite.

Looking at the schools that Peppers is also considering, the signing would be a huge statement for the Wolverines.

Among the schools in contention, Michigan would be beating out an SEC powerhouse in LSU, a national recruiting power in Notre Dame, the local favorite in Rutgers and, of course, inner-conference rivals in Penn State and Urban Meyer's team.

Under Hoke, Michigan has become a recruiting powerhouse. For the Wolverines to be a successful program, he'll have to continue to pull in top-flight talent from around the country. The state of Michigan alone doesn't have the talent to sustain a team that can compete at the level that is expected in Ann Arbor.

Peppers would be a perfect example, coming all the way from New Jersey to be a star in the Maize and Blue.

Hoke's recruiting class for 2014 is already looking strong. It currently ranks as 247Sports' fifth class in the nation according to their composite rankings with seven 4-star and three 3-star commitments. Perhaps more importantly, it's tops in the Big Ten. 

Peppers would be the first 5-star commit and could vault them even higher in those rankings.

For a Michigan team that snagged a top-10 class in both 2012 and 2013, an elite talent like Peppers would guarantee yet another outstanding class.