Recruit: Jabrill Peppers
Height/Weight: 6'0/2015 lbs.
Position: APPARENTLY EVERYTHING (almost literally). Safety, Running Back, Athlete
School/Hometown: Paramus Catholic (Paramus, NJ)
Star Rating: ★★★★★
I mean, what's there to say that hasn't already been said?
Jabrill Peppers was in the elite group of top prospects in the country with every school under the sun offering a scholarship to him. He can literally do almost anything on the football field and has the chance to be a once-in-a-lifetime type player. Michigan was fortunate enough, and yes they were very fortunate, to keep Peppers all the way through NSD.
Gee, where do I begin?
Where He Fits
Where doesn't he fit is the real question here. Save for the most obvious answers, it shows just how valuable Peppers will be to the Wolverines in 2014. Although it's possible he could play both ways, I wouldn't be surprised if the coaching staff kept him on the defensive side of the ball to start the season. Collegiate football is an entirely different beast and there will be an adjustment period for Peppers.
Could he play offense? Sure. Does Michigan have something special up its sleeve for him? Probably. But, for now, the focus should be squarely placed on his defensive ability as well as possibly his return game abilities.
Out of all the recruits in this class, Peppers is by far game ready and probably could play well if the season started today.
It's likely we could also see Peppers returning kicks to some degree. Michigan has not had a lethal return man since the days of Steve Breaston, that could change with Peppers. He's just that exciting.
For the defensive backfield, it's likely that Peppers could see plenty of playing time in 2014 at nickel. The need is there with Courtney Avery no longer occupying that spot. Safety is also a possibility as well, but there is plenty of competition there currently that moving him shouldn't be needed.
Peppers is an absolute freakish athlete and there are many possibilities and outcomes that will see a fit with Michigan.