Jabrill Peppers, 5-star Michigan commitment, does not lack confidence or skill. He's setting his goals high, and frankly, one would be foolish to doubt him.
Peppers is just a rising senior, but he's already setting his sights on being the best cornerback in the world. He wants to be better than Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to a great feature by Ryan Krasnoo of SI.com, Peppers stated:
I'm not just trying to be the best high school player, ... I'm looking at what [Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle] Revis is doing. How is he doing in his backpedal? That's who I'm looking at. I'm trying to be better than Revis right now.
Those are some lofty expectations, and detractors could look at that statement and just see a bunch of hype. If you've ever watched Peppers play the game of football, though, you'd know that he has the ability to be something special.
He's the No. 1 athlete of the 2014 recruiting class and the No. 3 recruit nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He checks in at 6'1'', 205 pounds and runs a stellar 4.40 40, per 247Sports.
To put his physical stature and athleticism in perspective, check out what an unnamed USC coach had to say about him, per Krasnoo's report:
I've only seen two players in high school with a body like that, ... and both of them are named Peterson [Adrian and Patrick].
That same coach went on to say that USC doesn't have anybody on its roster that looks like Peppers, per Krasnoo's report, so that goes to show you just how physically gifted he really is.
As a cornerback, Peppers has the physicality and size to jam receivers at the line and completely shut them down. He plays like a linebacker against the run out on the edges, but he also has the speed to open his hips, turn and run with a receiver on a deep route.
To top it off, his athleticism will allow him to make plays on the ball in the air that other cornerbacks simply couldn't. Not only does he project to be a shutdown corner, but he'll be a ball hawk as well.
Finally, as if all that was not enough, Peppers' combination of size, speed and athleticism will translate well to the offensive side of the ball, so the Wolverines could use him as a running back or receiver as well, if they felt like it (and they do).
Peppers' real impact will come as a cornerback, though, so he's watching and studying the right guy in Revis.
He still has his whole senior year of high school football and then four years of college ahead of him, but if Peppers wants to be better than Revis Island, it would be unwise to pick against him.
Combine his natural abilities with his intense focus, motivation and work ethic, and he does appear to have the potential to be Peppers Island.