The eyes of the college football world will be on ESPNU Sunday afternoon when Paramus, New Jersey 5-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers announces his college destination.
Not only is Peppers looked at as a 5-star by every major recruiting site, but also as one of the two or three best players in the country regardless of position.
Simply put, Peppers is one of those freakish athletes that comes along only once every few years, versatile enough to play a number of positions in college and excel.
His 6'1", 210-pound body frame allows perfectly for that versatility; he plays both running back and corner at Paramus Catholic. He definitely projects as primarily a cornerback in college, though.
So which school will he announce to play for Sunday afternoon? Nobody knows for sure, but there's no question who the front-runner is: the Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan has been in front for about a month now, ever since Peppers canceled his Stanford trip and took a visit to Ohio State that he wasn't exactly thrilled about.
In fact, for a while the Bucks were considered to be Peppers' leader, and not only did they fall from that perch after the visit, but out of his top five altogether. Sorry, Urban, but not every recruit is going to fall for your sweet-talking antics.
That's about the time when Stanford looked to be Michigan's biggest competitor, but the canceled visit looks to have dropped the Cardinal out of the equation.
Then, as recently as two weeks ago, it was announced that Peppers planned to take a trip to Happy Valley to visit Penn State.
While some believe he may have legit interest in the Nittany Lions, others think he is only taking the trip out of courtesy to his high school coach and to garner some interest for his teammates. I'm going with the latter on this one.
Then there was even talk of a surprise visit in the coming days, likely to home state Rutgers. While there may be actual interest in newcomers Penn State and Rutgers, most people agree that these schools have only been thrown into the equation to create excitement and suspense for Sunday's announcement. Again, I'm going with the latter.
I think Michigan is the clear cut favorite here and would be downright shocked if he picked anybody else. Recruiting experts on the major outlets seem to agree.
Just as so many elite athletes do, Peppers simply fell in love with the university when he visited, also forming a close connection with this amazing coaching staff. While some expected that excitement to fade, it never did.
The fact that he wants to get the recruiting process over with so he can focus on his senior year of high school shows what kind of kid he really is—this is not about him. Academics also are very important to him, evidenced by his flirtations with Stanford.
Should he choose Michigan on Sunday, there's no doubt he'll fit right in. In fact, comparisons have already began popping up comparing him to Charles Woodson. That may be a bit premature, but it does go to show you the kind of potential this kid has.
There's no doubt Sunday afternoon will be filled with plenty of suspense and excitement, but hopefully it will be well worth it in the end.
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