Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jabrill Peppers Interview/Update


I was able to catch up with one of Michigan's biggest targets in the 2014 recruiting cycle today, Paramus Catholic defensive back, Jabrill Peppers.  Peppers is arguably the top prospect in the nation and right now the Wolverines appear to be in pretty solid shape for him.

Michigan visit:  I enjoyed the comfort level and how down to Earth the coaches were, and the whole town of Ann Arbor.  More importantly the guys on the team.  I hung out mostly with Devin Funchess and Terry Richardson.  

Have the coaches discussed playing both sides of the ball?  Oh yeah, oh yeah obviously. (Laughs)  They don't want to waste my talent.  I tell people all the time that my goal is to win the Heisman as a true freshman and I'm going to need the ball in my hands to make that dream come true.  They've talked about me playing some offense, returning punts, kicks, and just pretty much using me all over the field.  I'm open to do whatever I have to do in order to help my team and accomplish my goal that I set for myself when I was an 8th grader.

Comparison to Charles Woodson:  Yeah, people have compared me to him.  My thing is I don't want to be the next Charles Woodson, I want to be the first Jabrill Peppers.  I don't want any limitations on my ability or when I get to college I don't want anyone to put a limit on my ability or say he's another Charles Woodson.  It is a great compliment and I'm very grateful that people mention my name in the same sentence as his but I'm my own person and quite frankly I actually want to be better than Charles was.  That's just my whole mindset and I want to be the best at whatever I'm doing.

Growing up a Michigan fan:  I was just always a fan of the tradition.  Guys like Mario Manningham, Charles Woodson, Mike Hart, you know all those guys, I grew up watching them do their thing in the Big House, and seeing the fans go crazy.  I loved watching the games against Ohio State and Notre Dame, they were always fierce.  I just always loved watching those guys play so that's how that came about.  

Top list:  Honestly I don't really have a list.  I'm still pretty open and just evaluating a lot of things.  I definitely want to come to a decision soon so I can focus on my senior year and the upcoming football season.  I'm pretty much still open but I do have Ohio State in there, LSU, Stanford and obviously Michigan.  I have to evaluate a few things still but I'm pretty much open.  

Two-horse race between Michigan and Stanford?  It's really not a two-horse race like I said, I'm still pretty open.  I can see how people would get that perception, like when I do these interviews they make it exciting for people to read, they're just doing their job so I can understand why people would think that.  Michigan and Stanford didn't present with me any negatives so I can imagine why people think it's just those two but I'm still pretty open.

Stanford visit:  Yeah it was originally scheduled in July but I'm definitely trying to move that visit up.  Me and my coach are still working on that, the timing and the right schedule and what I want to see when I go out there.  We are still working on that process and it's only April now so we have a little bit of time left to figure it out.  

Speeding up the decision Tweet:  I'm probably going to make my decision somewhere in June.  Just because it's been getting pretty hectic, just being pulled out of class and all the visiting going on, it's really starting to affect my schoolwork which I really don't like.  I just want to get it out of the way and even though it's a huge decision I feel as though I've seen enough, and I will see enough from the other schools that I see.  I just want to get this huge weight off my shoulders and be focused on school and my senior year.  I want to go out with a bang and win a high school national championship.

Deciding factors:  Really it's pretty basic stuff.  The comfort level that I feel with the coaches and players and the surrounding environment.  The academics is big.  Exposure, nationally televised games.  A team that wants to be the best.  You know, to be the best you have to be on the best team.  I want a team that has national championship goals, not just the division goals like a Big Ten title or an SEC title but bigger than that, like a national championship.  That's how my high school team and my coach thinks and he's engraved that in me.  That's what I want to look forward to at the next level.

Will JBB's decision play a part?  (Laughs)  Yeah, Juwann's been in my ear for these past few days, but it's all love.  He understands that his situation is different from my situation.  He's definitely doing his part trying to get me to join him up in Ann Arbor so I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this thing unfolds.

Jabrill was very receptive to all of my questions and seemed to answer them pretty openly.  He did tell me that he plans on visiting Michigan again before his decision so I think that is another positive sign for the Wolverines moving forward.  He has yet to lock in his visit to Stanford and wants to decide in June.  As always, with a big time prospect like Peppers, a lot can happen in a 2 month span.  Michigan is in good shape and if he visits Ann Arbor again, either before or after visiting Stanford, I think that would say a lot.     

19 comments:

  1. Thanks Coach. Great work as usual. It sounds genuine when he says that he is officially still "open", but reading between the lines, it also seems fair to call him a Michigan lean at this point. If he does in fact wrap things up soon, I really like our chances.

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  2. Great interview Coach. But that's not what I was expecting to read.I was hoping to hear more love for Michigan and that he was announcing in may. Oh well. This is a huge decision for a teenager and he has every right to take his time and make the best decision for him. Go Blue.

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    1. Jer, I took his interview as more positive, since he said he is going to decide in the middle of June, which is less than two months to make only two more visits. Those visits would be Stanford (1st time visit, a full day by air away from New Jersey, in the PAC 10 or 12 or 14 or whatever it is that nobody on the East coast ever watches, if Stanford is even on tv, which might be twice a year in a good year), and a SECOND time to Michigan which is on t.v. every single week no matter what, within easy visiting distance, plus he would be playing against Rutgers in New Jersey and at other places within driving distance. Michigan beats Stanford on every other football level. Ohio and LSU are both major step-downs in terms of academics, and quality of life, and ethics in the case of ohio. Oh, and he gets JBB to block for him on the way to his Heisman...

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    2. Tee, I did take it as a positive thing. I was just being overly optimistic in thinking he would give out more about UM. And I have NO patients right now. Coach did a great job. Sorry if I came off a little ungrateful.

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    3. I don't think you were ungrateful at all. Just hoping for more, nothing wrong with that.

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  3. I like his aspirations, and him wanting to be Jabrill and not Charles part 2. But actually what struck me the most, other than that we might also be getting another WR too in this class, was how smart he sounds and that recruiting is "really starting to affect my schoolwork which I really don't like", which is why he wants to decide soon. Michigan could not be a more perfect fit.

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  4. This kid sounds highly intelligent. Seriously a ton of talent in one individual. We spoke about his talents as a rapper first and I'll be posting a little article about that later on. Kid is the real deal.

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  5. im a member on 247, but i have been visiting Mblock everyday since you have had it. i just wanna say this is the best interview ive seen. You did an amazing job and I think you will be getting paid to do this stuff in the future. ive always been a fan of yours. Keep doing what you do man

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  6. The more you hear from him, the more you like him. I would love for him to go blue, but quite frankly this interview didn't sound as promising as I'd of hoped. His repetition that he is still open and it's not a two horse race like everybody (and I mean everybody) would have you believe. Maybe it's just him being modest or something, but maybe it's truthful.

    It's also a bit disheartening that he said he wants to play for a team that has NC aspirations, not conference titles, but NC titles. Yes I think we are on our way to being able to compete for NC's, but Hoke has been adament that Michigan is striving for B1G titles. Obviously you have to win your conference before you can win a NC (usually) but his focus on the B1G instead of the NC is a little concerning in regards to Peppers.

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    1. Hoke has been adamant that if we don't win a B1G championship, the season is a failure, but Hoke and every Michigan player, coach, and fan in the world wants to win National Championships. That IS the goal.

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  7. Great Interview CB3.

    And fellas... remember that a watched pot never boils.

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  8. I am going to be the one who says, BS.. no way he grew up watching Woodson.

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    1. He probably didn't but he's well aware of his legend and who he is at Michigan. I think he just mentioned him in there because we were just talking about him. He did not come off like he was saying he watched Woodson. The fact is, Peppers was born in 1994-96. Doubtful he was referring to watching Woodson as a toddler, haha.

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  9. This guy would look good with #1 on his uniform.
    Go Blue..

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    1. I don't think he will wear the #1 more like #2....Drake will earn #1.

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  10. hes gunna wear #5 guys he doesnt wanna follow anyones legacy he wants to build his own

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    1. Agreed. Jabrill in the #5! The only potential issue with that is that if Justice Hayes develops into our 3rd down back (passing downs), he and Jabrill could never be on the field at the same time. And Hayes will have two more years once Peppers steps on campus.

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  11. Great interview....really good stuff. Obviously would love to get this kid. If he is half as good as Woodson was I'd be happy. Woodson was one of the very best to ever play for U of M and he handles himself with so much class off the field.

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  12. Getting his teammate helps us a little more.....i believe we got him.

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