Michigan Football Recruiting: Jabrill Peppers (CB) -- 2014 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 8:45am — 5/27/2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: Jabrill Peppers (CB) — 2014 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent verbal commitment Jabrill Peppers.

Opening Statement:

Michigan fans waited anxiously all week waiting for the expected, but not certain, commitment of Jabrill Peppers. Peppers is clearly one of the top football players in the nation. He is, by most sources, rated in the top ten nationally, with multiple sources rating him second. Athletically, Jabrill just may be the top athlete on the football recruiting list for 2014. He is that impact player fans of every program wait on to step the program to the next level.

What is to like about Jabrill Peppers? The answer is about everything, across the spectrum. Besides magnificent physical gifts, Jabrill appears to have the cognitive and mental aspects needed for college success on the football field. He has excellent size, great acceleration and recovery speed, and is the leader in lead, follow, or get out of my way types.

Jabrill is past potential, but he has the potential to be as good as any player on the Michigan team, perhaps of the last several years.

He has the intangibles of focus, effort, hard work, scholarship, and you fill in the rest of the blanks.

Jabrill Peppers
Height: 6’1
Weight: 210
Number: 5
Current Position: Cornerback/Running Back
Future Position: Cornerback
City/State: Paramus, New Jersey
High School: Paramus Catholic
Head Coach: Chris Partridge
Recruiter: Coach Curt Mallory
Committed: 5/26/2013
Top 5 other Offers: Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC.
40-Time: 4.4
GPA: 3.7
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

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Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.
GBMWolverine Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.

8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.


Jabrill is a phenomenal athlete who also happens to be a super football prospect. He has the skill to be an elite level player, and that is his and Michigan’s expectation. If pressed Jabrill could play any defensive back position, wide receiver, or running back at UM. He could also make one heck of a return man. Jabrill is a very good track athlete having run a sub 11 second 100 meters. Again, it is wonderful to report that Michigan has another solid student/citizen with a 3.7 GPA from a highly regarded prep school.


Combines good size with super speed and a high level of overall skill. Jabrill changes direction with little loss of speed. He tracks the ball with ease in the air and shows exciting acceleration and range. Film shows a smooth and easy back pedal and solid hips. Jabrill fills like a linebacker and is a physical tackler.

Needs Work / Concerns:

Jabrill needs to use his hands better jamming on the outside. His tackling could also be bit sharper; at times he is overaggressive going for highlight reel hits instead of just a solid form tackle.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will definitely play his first year. He has all the physical skills if he picks up the mental part, everything else is in place.

Jabrill Peppers reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Charles Woodson — CB. Hopefully the resemblance is truly strong.

Bottom Line:

As many know we don’t usually give out 10 footballs so Jabrill is probably the closest thing you will see from our site. Also we don’t compare every cornerback or say “he will be the next Charles Woodson”, but Jabrill has some of the same skills that Charles did at the high school level such as a great running back who was named “Mr. Football in Ohio” for being a running back and many people thought he would have made an excellent running back at the college level, but Charles wanted to play cornerback and one reason why he chose Michigan.

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Final Thoughts:

We welcome Jabrill Peppers to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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