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Michigan Football: The Potential Domino Effect of Bushell-Beatty's Commitment

Jan 1, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines cheerleaders run onto the field before a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports
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Austin FoxCorrespondent IIMay 1, 2013

The Michigan football family received great news on Monday when Paramus Catholic (N.J.) offensive lineman Juwan Bushell-Beatty committed to the Wolverines.

This wasn't a surprise at all, as Michigan had been high on his list for a while. Bushell-Beatty also had impressive offers from the likes of Florida and Florida State, and held one from West Virginia as well.

However, the real intrigue of his commitment to Michigan actually surrounds another player, Jabrill Peppers. Peppers is Bushell-Beatty's teammate and is considered one of the two or three best players in the country by almost every recruiting service.

And at this point the general consensus is that Michigan is his clear favorite.

A visit to Stanford is also pending, but the Wolverines are currently in a very good position. Some even thought that Peppers would commit and scrap the Stanford visit, but that doesn't look to be the case.

Still, landing Peppers' teammate and good friend in Bushell-Beatty should only help things. In fact, if Michigan does wind up landing Peppers, he would be their highest-rated recruit since recruiting services started modernizing in the early 2000's.

There's also a very good chance of Michigan landing the nation's No. 1 player in Da'Shawn Hand to go along with him, but that's a whole other story.

The fact of the matter is that Peppers seems to be one of those freak athletes who comes along only so many years, with the ability to play both sides of the ball and excel at it.

He will likely play cornerback in college, but he has the ability to be a great receiver as well. This sure sounds like a former Michigan great we all know and love.

No, it's probably not fair to compare him to Charles Woodson, but if Peppers comes to Michigan, the comparisons are bound to happen. Plus, he does have the potential to go down in history as one of the school's all-time greats.

First thing's first, though, and that is a commitment. We'll see what Peppers' mindset is after his trip to Stanford, but as of right now every school in the nation is probably envious of Michigan's position.

And landing teammate Bushell-Beatty is a perfect start.

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