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Wolverines land verbal from Rivals’ No. 2 2014 recruit

Jabrill Peppers

Take that, Ohio.

In a televised press conference (insert face palm here) late Sunday afternoon, New Jersey cornerback Jabrill Peppers announced, as has long been expected, he has verbally committed to play his collegiate football at the University of Michigan.  The 2014 prospect opted for the Wolverines over a group of finalists that included LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, home-state Rutgers and Stanford.

Peppers, the 10th verbal in UM’s 2014 recruiting efforts, has been a lifelong UM fan, and the recruiting process was simply a matter of the teenager following his heart.

“Go Blue, baby!” Peppers said during the announcement. “I’m going to Michigan. …

“It was always my dream to play for Michigan. They were my favorite team since I was a young kid.”

(Writer’s note: it’s at this point in the program where we’re compelled to remind you that verbal commitments are non-binding and nothing is official until pen is put to paper on National Signing Day early next February.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.)

Both and ESPN have the 6-1, 210-pound defensive back rated as the No. 2 player in the country at any position. rates him as the No. 8 player in the Class of 2014, while has penciled him in at No. 11 on their big board.

If Peppers’ verbal commitment turns into a signing, and if Peppers maintains his current ranking, he would be the highest-rated recruit UM has ever signed since Rivals‘ founding back in 2002.  The previous high?  Ryan Mallett as the No. 4 player in the Class of 2007.

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26 Responses to “Wolverines land verbal from Rivals’ No. 2 2014 recruit”
  1. jrs45 says: May 26, 2013 10:00 PM

    Every time I hear about the wolverines all I can picture is Clowney destroying that rb lol!!!!

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: May 26, 2013 10:03 PM

    Go Blue! Coach Hoke is helping UM fans forget about the current coach at Arizona.

  3. garyleee says: May 26, 2013 11:06 PM

    Hail Yes!!!! The best is yet to come. Go Blue

  4. dkhhuey says: May 26, 2013 11:24 PM

    Yes, but you still have average Flounder Hoke as your coach so get used to losing to OSU every year!!!

  5. wgray981 says: May 27, 2013 12:16 AM

    “Take that, Ohio”
    I’m sorry…WHICH team has pretty much dominated you the entire decade?
    Lol I would bet $ that we win this year too, in your stadium.

  6. John Taylor says: May 27, 2013 1:14 AM

    It’s so cute and precious and precocious when new people comment.

  7. BrownsTown says: May 27, 2013 11:03 AM

    Hope the kid can count to 2,000 (probably not since he’ll be attending UM) ’cause the count will be back up there by the time he graduates transfers after the new coaching regime takes over.


  8. BrownsTown says: May 27, 2013 11:03 AM



  9. thegamecocker says: May 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    He should have gone to Rutger’s….it’s a better school academically than UM. Plus, Ann Arbor is nice but it pales in comparison to NY City and Philly. At UM, you can always go to Detroit for fun……And New Brunswick is as nice as Ann Arbor.

  10. joshuavkidd says: May 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    Ohio guys making fun of the academics of the University of Michigan… ha! Thanks for the morning cup of irony!

  11. redpillmindstate says: May 27, 2013 12:11 PM

    Michigan is not what Bo left it to be …and wasn’t he an OHIO…get serious Big Blue lives and dies at OSU foot ….Their coach is good but unimpressive and he’s competing with Urban Meyer for recruits? ….Get serious …I wouldn’t be surprised if he switches up during signing day realizing that potentially winning championships is much sweeter than wallowing in mediocrity while fulfilling some childhood go blue!

  12. barnesaintnoble says: May 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    I think trolls could go on and find they all originate from ohio. You can make fun of Hoke or live in the past 10 years all you want. Your delusion or stupidity won’t be able to stop Michigan once they get rolling.

  13. normtide says: May 27, 2013 2:30 PM

    Not an OSU fan, but Hoke has his work cut out for him. I hope he can step his game up. The B1G being a one team league isn’t good for anyone, not even OSU. I have my doubts about UW’s new coach, and while I like MSU’s style, they can’t seem to stay over the hump. Nebraska is a great program, but I’m not sure they can ever get back to the glory days. College football has changed. Really, OSU has enough in state talent to form a good core, no one else in the B1G does though.

  14. desal2ds says: May 27, 2013 2:37 PM

    Buckeye is a hairless nut

  15. jrs45 says: May 27, 2013 5:20 PM

    I like it when Ala plays um lol. Roll Tide!

  16. polegojim says: May 27, 2013 6:34 PM

    Norm… keep those comments on the SEC and you’ll be fine… your getting into unknown territory about the B1G. ; )

    RR ruined Michigan’s recruiting and set the program back double his tenure…

    I agree that Hoke had his work cut out for him… but he’s achieving their goals and getting things it back on track.

    Just a little bump in the road, nothing more.

  17. normtide says: May 27, 2013 7:48 PM

    Jim- Really no disrespect intended. Just an opinion from the outside looking in. OSU is the only B1G team that can build its core from in state talent. Now, is that a death sentence for UM? Absolutely not. Tennessee is lacking on in state talent, compared to three other states, and they win a BCS title in 98. They are down a little now, but is the second most winning team in the SEC. No reason UM can’t do the same.

    I do disagree with the thought process that it us a slow, four year plan to get there. UM needs to make a splash this year. Losing dries up those out of state prospects, i.e. UT right now. I think this year will be very telling on Hoke’s future.

  18. hockeyfan28 says: May 27, 2013 8:32 PM

    Just like the basketball program turned the corner this year it’s only a matter of time till the football program does the same thing Da’shawn Hand is next

  19. thegamecocker says: May 27, 2013 8:36 PM


    Good luck with that……

  20. polegojim says: May 27, 2013 11:59 PM

    I know you didn’t Norm…

    Exactly to your point… RR did such a HORRIBLE job recruiting and preparing this team for the future and a WONDERFUL job losing… things dried up.

    It took the first year just to figure out what Hoke really had… But obviously by the last two recruiting years, that’s not true any more.

    I believe this year will be exactly what you described, climbing back into the upper echelon nationally.

  21. iammrbinky says: May 28, 2013 12:26 AM

    Spot the Buckeye fan 2 O’s and he still needs 3 attempts to spell Ohio correctly.

  22. barnesaintnoble says: May 28, 2013 1:56 AM

    Recruiting elite players is great, having elite player, NFL level development is better. Michigan has done both in the past, and with the staff they have now, they’ll be doing it again. They turned a defense full of RichRod era and Greg Robinson coached players into a top 25 unit. That is a miracle.

  23. polegojim says: May 28, 2013 9:09 AM

    Yes barnes, very true.

    Don’t forget Martin who hired RR… which hiring almost all of us choked on.

    Those were very dark Maize and Blue days… more like haze and blues…

    Now the sun is shining through again.

  24. callmecynical says: May 28, 2013 4:20 PM

    I didn’t realize how desperate things were still in Ann Arbor until I read the verbal **rgams from the UM fans over 1 VERBAL recruit.

    I guess your time of suffering is deserved. We had Cooper to your Moeller and Carr. It is past time for Michigan to show up in the game, and I’m not talking about the 1 win against a talent decimated team from 2011.

    Oh, and how about winning a meaningful bowl game once in awhile?

  25. polegojim says: May 28, 2013 4:26 PM

    cynical… crawl back under that rock. Talk about off-base.

    You have listened and watched sports news for the past 6 years.. right?

    Put down the bong and walk out of your mothers basement for some fresh air.

  26. callmecynical says: May 28, 2013 4:42 PM

    Uh yeah, polo,

    2 wins against TOSU in TWELVE years, not six, in case you can’t count that high.

    How many Rose bowl wins or even NC appearances?

    Stop breathing the air in Ann Arbor, it must be the stench from Detroit blowing west again.

    Which part of the above is in dispute??? Really looked good against Alabama last year. Wasn’t Appalachian State available? Or did schedule a big boy team?

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