Jabrill Peppers is the boost that elevates the Michigan Wolverines into the BCS National Championship discussion.
Peppers, as reported by Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, actually made his decision before Sunday:
Peppers made his final decision to attend Michigan over Penn State on Friday, but it was a choice lingering for a while. He told the other Wolverine commitments two weeks ago he was planning on joining them -- even though at the time he was only 80 percent sure.
Although coach Brady Hoke's crew certainly has aspirations and the potential to reach the 2014 BCS title game, 2015 is even more promising.
For one, Peppers brings the overall talent to contribute on each side of the ball. So whenever needed, he can bash defenses on the ground or make plays in the passing game.
After all, the guy did slam for 1,552 rushing yards (nine per carry) and score 18 times on the ground according to MaxPreps.com.
Defensively, however, is where his ultimate impact will be felt.
Peppers measures at 6'1" and 210 pounds, not to mention that Rivals.com has him as the top cornerback and No. 2 overall prospect in the 2014 class. Possessing the size and athleticism to isolate any No. 1 receiver man-to-man, Peppers is also capable of shelling consistently in Cover 2 and 3.
Also from MaxPreps, Peppers finished his 2012 campaign with 77 tackles, three picks and a forced fumble. Therefore, with the field awareness and instincts to locate the rock, Peppers can disguise coverage and help with perimeter run support.
In short, his potential is similar to that of a former Wolverine that led the Maize and Blue to a national championship in 1997, as BleedBlueRecruiting put it:
In my opinion @JabrillPeppers is a guy who can step in and start right away. Could very well be the next Charles Woodson and than some.5/26/2013, 10:51:39 PM
Now it's definitely far too early for comparisons to Charles Woodson. Woodson is currently riding a path to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, whereas we have yet to see Peppers in collegiate action.
Nevertheless, it's an emphatic point regarding the all-encompassed talent he provides. Pro player comparisons are fun as well, and Bleacher Report's Full Ride also has one for Peppers.
Although there are plenty of other schools expected to be in the BCS discussion for years to come, including Ohio State and Alabama, Michigan isn't far behind. And a recruit on Peppers' level with versatility only inflates the Wolverines' championship expectations.