Michigan Commit Jabrill Peppers Wins 100 and 200 Meters at Meet of Champions

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJune 6, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Jabrill Peppers, 5-star recruit and Michigan commitment, showed off the speed and skill that Wolverine fans can't wait to see at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in South Plainfield, N.J.

According to a report from Jim Lambert of NJ.com, Peppers won the 100-meter and 200-meter races, finishing with times of 10.80 in the 100 and 21.13 in the 200 respectively.

Lambert reports that Peppers broke a Bergen County record with his 200-meter time and it was the No. 4 time in state history, but the Michigan recruit didn't seem satisfied, per Lambert:

Peppers said he was still a little disappointed that he didn’t break the state records of 10.35 in the 100 and 20.93 in the 200.

"Those were goals of mine all season and I came up a bit short,’’ said Peppers. "But I am coming for those records next year. I am telling you right now I am getting those records. Mark my words.’’

If Michigan or college football recruiting fans need any more proof that Peppers is the real deal, look no further than that quote.

He just broke a county record in the 200, but he's still hungry for greatness, and he doesn't accept "good enough".

What's really telling is the way he responds to missing his goals—with determination and focus.

Peppers has what it takes from a physical standpoint and he projects to be an elite cornerback at the college level, but it's moments like this where he shows that he has the mental focus and dedication to be great.

Athletes just don't wake up elite. Sure, many are naturally gifted and many just have a feel for the game, but the great ones match their physical abilities with their mental focus.

This doesn't guarantee that Peppers will be a superstar at the college level, but more often than not, this is the type of dedication and mindset that most great people at anything in life have.

Peppers is ranked as the No. 1 athlete in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He's 6'1'', 205 pounds and runs a 4.40 40, also according to 247Sports.

He can play running back or cornerback, but he projects best at corner.

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