Jabrill Peppers is the most exciting recruit to commit to Michigan in years, and the two-way star has an opportunity to become a legend in the mold of Charles Woodson for the Wolverines in the seasons to come.
Kyle Bogenschutz of GoBlueWolverine.com commented on the thrilling news Sunday, calling Peppers an "unreal talent":
Kyle Bogie @KyleBogie
#Michigan picks up a commitment from 2014 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic five-star CB Jabrill Peppers (@JabrillPeppers). Unreal talent5/26/2013, 9:26:15 PM
The 5-star cornerback out of Paramus Catholic High is the highest-ranked player to ever commit to Michigan, according to Rivals.com. He's an elite athlete with elite size, at 6'1" and 210 pounds, and he's only going to get bigger and stronger as he develops in his early 20s.
Last year, Peppers tallied 80 tackles and four interceptions playing multiple positions in the secondary for Paramus. He has the height, length, speed and athleticism to cover running backs, slot receivers, outside receivers and tight ends.
In the college game, it's likely he'll continue to thrive as a movable part in Brady Hoke's defense—a trait that makes him a prime candidate to become a coveted NFL prospect.
But as good as Peppers is on the defensive side of the ball, he's no one-trick pony.
This young man has the talent to become a legitimate two-way athlete at Michigan, and his abilities in the open field could thrust him into the starting lineup on offense in his first year on campus.
Playing as a tailback, Peppers racked up some serious mileage on the offensive side of the ball for Paramus in 2012. He carried the ball 172 times for 1,552 yards with 18 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield.
If those numbers don't get you pumped about his potential to become a breakout star on offense for the Wolverines, then I don't know what will.
Peppers has the potential to become one of the biggest stars in the nation. His athletic prowess is eye-popping, and he can take any play—on offense, defense and on special teams—all the way to the end zone for six points.
BleedBlue Recruiting believes Peppers can step in right away and start as a freshman and draws a comparison to Woodson:
In my opinion @JabrillPeppers is a guy who can step in and start right away. Could very well be the next Charles Woodson and than some.5/26/2013, 10:51:39 PM
Should he end up becoming a two-way star for Michigan, it's not out of the question to think Peppers could match Woodson as a Heisman winner. He surely has the talent to make it happen.
Of course, this is all speculation right now. According to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Peppers can't even sign an official letter of intent until February of 2014. Until then, however, it's fun to dream about the possibilities.
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