As Michigan fans have grown to know the nation's No. 2 recruit in the 2014 class since his May 26 commitment, Jabrill Peppers has done nothing but impress. With his recruitment on the back burner for the entirety of the 2013 season, Peppers was able to focus on his on-field performance for Paramus Catholic. This resulted in a huge season for the 6'1", 205 lb. prospect as Peppers punished opponents at will from a number of different positions (QB, RB, WR, CB, KR, PR). Peppers finished his senior campaign with 85 carries for 595 yards and six touchdowns, 25 catches for 413 yards and nine touchdowns, as well as 57 tackles, 12 pass deflections and four interceptions.
While Peppers is in a class of his own athletically (he also set the NJ state record for the 100m dash as a junior), it is Jabrill's personality that makes him even more valuable to the Wolverines in 2014. On top of his physical assets, Peppers is a budding entrepreneur who boasts an impressive knack for mixing beats and putting some bars down on the mic. Here is a sample of some of his work under the stage name of J-Reall.
Even though his apparent talent as a budding hip hop artist won't help out on the football field come fall, it sheds light on his undeniable ability to polarize a community- recruiting fans, hip hop fans and many others that don't fall into either of those two groups.
The latest news to come out of the Peppers camp also reinforces this notion. Yesterday on Twitter, Peppers alluded to the possibility that he would release a series of videos that were recorded during his unofficial visit to Michigan on April 3, 2013. Four days after his trip to Michigan (and immediately following another two day visit, but to Ohio State), Peppers named the Wolverines his leader. Peppers has only dropped one episode so far, but it provides an in-depth, first-hand account of what Peppers saw during his visit that cemented Michigan as the place to be.
Here is episode one, but be sure to check back when subsequent episodes of Peppers' VLog are released.