Jabrill Peppers Adds Some ‘Pepp’ In The Step Of Michigan Football


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Since committing in May 2013, Michigan fans have waited 435 days for Jabrill Peppers to suit up for the Maize and Blue.  Today, the wait is over!

Fall practice started today for the Wolverines as its most ballyhooed recruit in 15 years took to the practice field for the first time.

Who Is Jabrill Peppers?

As ESPN’s #2 overall rated recruit in the class of 2014, Peppers is the highest rated prospect Michigan has signed since QB Drew Henson in 1998.

In high school Peppers was rated by many recruiting services as an athlete.  Why?  Because  he’s 6 foot 1 and 205 pounds of pure physical ability.

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Although he was recruited by Michigan to be a cornerback, there are plenty of rumors he’ll get some snaps as a wide receiver or kick returner.  Watching his film you can tell he’s elusive, runs through tackles and doesn’t go down easy.

At the same time, Brady Hoke continues to use ‘coach speak’ suggesting Jabrill will start fall practice at corner and they want him to figure that before putting him at other positions.  What can we say?  Coach Hoke is a true professional.

By now we’re all thinking about the legend himself Charles Woodson.  Barring any major injury, that’s exactly where he’s headed.  Jabrill has repeatedly mentioned he was a huge Woodson fan growing up.  Not only that, he emulates him and wants to be better than him.  How can you not love that?

Making A Difference

Heading into this season it’s pretty much expected he’ll make an impact, but corner might just be Michigan’s deepest position.  On the other hand, Michigan’s kick return game has lacked a difference maker since Steve Breaston graduated in 2006.  There’s also plenty of playing time available beside Devin Funchess at WR and anybody who watched ‘The Game’ last year knows there is playing time available at safety.

Perhaps it’s just his attitude in general that will help Team 135 the most.  At BIG media days defensive captain Frank Clark noted the intensity he’s brought to the weight room.  Whatever his contribution will be, we’ll take it.

If you haven’t seen it, check out Jabrill’s highlight tape from 2013: