Jabrill Peppers Makes the Right Move in Selecting Michigan Wolverines

John RozumCorrespondent IMay 26, 2013

Oct 8, 2011; Bronx, NY, USA; Jabrill Peppers of Don Bosco Prep during the first half against St. Edward at Jack Coffey Field at Fordham University. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
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Jabrill Peppers, one of the top college football recruits in the class of 2014, has picked the Michigan Wolverines.

According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Peppers opted for the Maize and Blue over other top schools and is arguably the best recruit for Michigan in quite a while:

Cornerback Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), the No. 2 player in the Class of 2014, announced Sunday he would attend Michigan, selecting the Wolverines over LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State and Stanford.

Peppers is the No. 1 cornerback in the country and this is the first time since ESPN began doing rankings in 2006 that the Wolverines have grabbed a player ranked first at his position in the nation except for fullback.

This is an enormous get for Coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.


For one, Peppers measures at 6'1" and 210 pounds, which is great for a defensive back. Rivals.com also had him as the No. 1 cornerback and No. 2 overall recruit.

Mix that athletic frame with his man coverage and zone awareness skills, and Peppers will be able to contribute in multiple spots. Whether it's as a true Cover 1 corner, at the nickel/dime back spot or either safety, his sense for locating the ball and making plays is unquestioned.

Michigan also needed him as the Wolverines' secondary is not exactly young and they lost key talents after the 2012 season: Safety Jordan Kovacs and corner J.T. Floyd.

Hoke also watched his pass defense rank No. 2 in the nation a season ago; however, Michigan did give up a 58.8 completion percentage (ranked No. 50) and snagged a measly seven interceptions. If anything, Peppers' impact once suiting up in the Big House will instantly generate more turnovers and help win the field-position battle.

By the same token, Peppers is now part of a renowned historical tradition that possesses realistic BCS Championship expectations. And his addition simply helps keep Michigan on the map as a rightful Big Ten and national title contender.