Five-star athlete Jabrill Peppers emerged as a national recruit as a freshman.
Michigan is the favorite to land five-star ATH Jabrill Peppers according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
This Sunday, the Paramus (N.J.) Catholic standout will announce his college decision on ESPNU at roughly 5:15 p.m. (EST).
Rankings, Finalists & Crystal Ball
247Sports/247Composite Rankings: Peppers is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 athlete by both. He is the country’s No. 3 prospect overall according to the 247Composite and the nation’s No. 8 player overall according to 247Sports.
The Finalists: Peppers lists LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers as the schools he’s choosing from.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball: As of Friday morning, the Peppers Crystal Ball listed 27 predictions, with all 27 in favor of Michigan. National Recruiting Writer Steve Wiltfong was first to predict Peppers to Michigan back on March 17.
Story From The 247Sports Timeline:
Jan. 9, 2011 – Named the U.S. Air Force 2010 National Freshman Of The Year.
Jan. 26, 2012 – Named a 247Sports Sophomore All-American and National Defensive Player Of The Year
Feb. 8, 2012 – Transfers from Don Bosco Prep to Paramus Catholic.
Nov. 13, 2012 – Stanford and Ohio State emerge as the leaders for Peppers.
Dec. 7, 2012 – Stanford head coach David Shaw visits Paramus Catholic.
Dec. 10, 2012 – Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer visits Paramus Catholic.
Jan. 14, 2013 – Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien visits Paramus Catholic.
Jan. 15, 2013 – Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly visits Paramus Catholic
Jan. 17, 2013 – Michigan head coach Brady Hoke visits Paramus Catholic
Feb. 20, 2013 – Peppers visits Penn State with his head coach Chris Partridge and two teammates.
April 3, 2013 – Peppers visits Michigan with two of his coaches and teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty. They stay in Ann Arbor for two days.
April 5, 2013 – The same crew that visited Michigan heads to Ohio State for a two-day visit.
April 7, 2013 – Michigan emerges as the leader for Peppers.
April 13, 2013 – Peppers visits LSU with one of his coaches.
Peppers is a three-time state champion.
Peppers named National Freshman of the Year
Peppers named National Sophomore of the Year
Peppers transfers from Don Bosco Prep
Peppers debut for Paramus Catholic
Peppers named a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American
Peppers Sound Bites From Past 247Sports Articles
“They don’t sugarcoat anything. They told me what I need to do to get in. They told me when I get out there it’s not going to be easy. They told me they’re going to get the best out of me. They told me they’re a disciplined team and they told me everything that could happen with me going to Stanford with life after football.”
-Peppers talks about the Cardinal football program back on Nov. 13, 2012.
“Just how real they were. A lot of coaches sugarcoat things and say what I want to hear. The Penn State guys kept it real. They told me what it was and how it’s going to be and that’s the main thing. I was blessed with the gift to read people and see fakeness, and the Penn State guys were very real and genuine and I appreciate their honesty.”
-Peppers on Penn State just after leaving the campus on Feb. 20.
“All in all, it was a really, really great visit and they exceeded expectations. I definitely didn’t think it would be that mind-blowing.
“Talking about the Big House, I grew up a Michigan fan as everyone knows, so I watched a lot of my favorite players perform in the Big House during big games from the Charles Woodsons to the Tom Bradys to the Mario Manninghams to the Braylon Edwards. Just all those guys that set the groundwork and foundation for that program, even guys before that, just being on the that field and seeing it for the first time in person was really mind blowing and electrifying.”
-Peppers on Michigan just after leaving the campus on April 5.
"I really think that the Coach (Kerry) Coombs is a great coach. I love him and enjoy being around him. Obviously Urban Meyer is an incredible, smart, proven winner. They let me meet the athletic director and the president of the school and it's really cool to see how everyone is behind the Ohio State football team."
-Peppers on Ohio State just after leaving the campus on April 7.
-Under Armour All-American
-Three-Time State Champion
Freshman Year: 40 tackles, seven interceptions, three defensive touchdowns at Don Bosco Prep.
Sophomore Year: 50 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery; 921 yards rushing, 19 rushing touchdowns, six receiving scores at Don Bosco Prep.
Junior Year: 77 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble; 172 carries for 1,552 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns. 20 receptions for 337 yards and five touchdowns at Paramus Catholic.
“Jabrill is a complete football player. He has the skills obviously but what makes him special are the intangibles. He is a great competitor, a tremendous leader, an unselfish player that always puts the team first. He also has an uncanny awareness on the field and an extremely smart football sense. I speak to Jabrill like one of the coaches. I have him handle situations. I put a lot of responsibility on him. I think everyone can see how he helps us out on the field but it’s off the field where he really exceeds expecations.”
-Paramus Catholic head coach Chris Partridge in an email to 247Sports.
"First off, pound for pound there is not a better athlete in the 2014 class than Jabrill Peppers. Simply put, he's truly gifted athletically. He won the genetic lottery, and he is a confident Alpha on the field. Once one gets past his awesome blend of quickness, acceleration, change of direction, long speed and leaping ability; he's also a natural football player. On offense, he's got running back vision -- and it shows whether he is taking a snap as a wildcat quarterback or catching the ball split out. His explosive burst change of direction is pretty special, and he has the vision to go with it. His cut back vision is especially impressive which shows up when taking a snap and working to the second level, or in the open field. Not only is he an explosive athlete with vertical burst and homerun hitting ability, but he also features tremendous balance and the ability to make would be tacklers miss with stop/start and hesitation moves. He's a total package playmaker with sure hands and ball skills, which also makes him a dangerous weapon in the punt return game. He has the knack for putting the ball in the end zone. On defense, he's a physical striker with ball skills at the safety position; with the versatility to play nickel and even corner. He covers hash mark to boundary in the blink of an eye, and can affect plays with the ability to strike and dislodge or leave his feet with terrific timing to make a play on the ball in the air. He plays the game in the secondary with his eyes, and is not just a gifted athlete moving without purpose. Peppers is also a sure tackler with the feel/understanding for when to take the runners legs, when there is an opportunity to strike and when to simply get the ball carrier to the ground. While it's often talked about, Peppers is one of the few prospects that has the chance and ability to legitimately play in the secondary, on offense and in the return game at the college level."
-Gerry Hamilton, 247Sports National Scouting Director
-Peppers has a 3.9 GPA and is an aspiring orthopedic surgeon.
-Peppers is also a talented and aspiring musician.
-Peppers is also one of the nation’s top 100m and 200m runners.