Michigan Football: The Jabrill Peppers Saga Finally Comes to an End

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIMay 28, 2013

Oct 8, 2011; Bronx, NY, USA; Don Bosco Prep defensive back Jabrill Peppers celebrates following a second quarter touchdown against St. Edward at Jack Coffey Field at Fordham University. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Only one team was going to be able to land the services of Jabrill Peppers, and that team wound up being the Michigan Wolverines when he pledged to play for them on May 26.

So just what is Michigan getting in Peppers? The kind of freak athlete out of high school who doesn't come along very often and who can change a game with his abilities on the defensive side of the ball. That sure sounds like a former Michigan great we all know, doesn't it?

It's pretty easy for me to say this, but Peppers could not have made a better choice than Michigan. Whether it's the coaching staff he has built such a strong relationship with or the campus atmosphere he fell in love with, he couldn't go wrong with picking Michigan.

The school can provide everything a high schooler could possibly want in the college experience, from big-time competition and games to appearing on national TV every week and so on.

Although some do think Michigan could contend for a national title here in 2013, most everyone agrees that 2014 should be the year where they are cemented at the forefront of the conversation.

That will be Peppers' freshman season, so he is obviously arriving during what could be the brink of a golden age in Michigan athletics. Will he be able to step in and start right away as a freshman?

Most people seem to think yes, but I'm not so sure. It's way too early to predict something like this anyway, but here's a look at Michigan's potential cornerback situation.

Assuming Blake Countess doesn't go pro early and Raymon Taylor solidifies a starting spot this season, then I think those two will start in 2014. Would the coaching staff be willing to start Peppers out in a nickelback type of role?

Dymonte Thomas is currently practicing there, but the popular opinion is that he will now be moved to safety, where he was originally projected to be anyway.

Still, Michigan will have a lot of depth and talent at corner. Ross Douglas, Terry Richardson, Jourdan Lewis and Delano Hill will all be around in 2014; all of them were former 4-stars or higher.

Peppers will probably be expected to jump all of those players on the depth chart soon after his arrival, setting up a definite starting spot by his sophomore year.

Needless to say, Michigan will be incredibly crowded at the position. That is a problem most coaches would kill to have, though, and something that won't need to be dealt with until the time comes.

For now, every Michigan fan is just rejoicing that Jabrill Peppers chose to Go Blue!