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He's deciding on Sunday as you all know.
Crystal Ball currently reads 96 percent for Michigan, four-percent for Rutgers.
There isn't a player in the country I would want in my class more than Peppers.
-I've been covering recruiting for quite some time now and I've never met a prospect as unique as Peppers. (Saw him play as a sophomore, spent the day at his school this past fall)
-To start, he's arguably the best player in the country. He has a rare combination of speed, burst, athleticism, size and a high football IQ. He could make an impact as a true freshman at CB, nickel, safety, return man and even on offense.
-There is not a more confident player/personality in the country in the recruiting class-of-2014.
-On top of his physical gifts, Peppers is very smart (an A student, aspiring doctor/musician). He's a natural-born leader. His personality is very engaging. He in my opinion is the Rock Star of the 2014 recruiting class (a notoriety thing). His commitment will send waves through the recruiting world. Other top prospects will notice, especially if he chooses Michigan. Peppers will be a powerful voice in helping recruit kids to wherever he goes.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Steve Wiltfong 11 months ago
National Recruiting Analyst
I agree I believe he is the best player in the nation
where was the disconnect between him and ND?
3 time POTW, member since 2006, MLWTI: 4-3
I agree Steve. Kid is special.
"You must show no mercy nor have any belief whatsoever in how others judge you, for your GREATNESS will silence them all." -ULTIMATE WARRIOR
Way too much love for him imo
Kid is good but that is way too much praise for a high school kid that hails from the north
fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.
Lifelong Michigan fandom duh.
To the commenter above me who struggles with logic: correlation is not causation. There are more good players from the South than from the North. That does not mean being from the South makes those players better or that players from the North can't match or exceed their talent.
This post was edited by DJNiteFlite 11 months ago
Nobody on this board can define the word regression.... but it sure gets used a lot.
Normally, I'd agree but his track times, NFL physique, and weightroom numbers say otherwise.
The objective measures of track speed and weightroom numbers say legit regardless of where he's playing.
I think he is good
But the praise in that post is just weird to me
And until this kid proves himself in one of the all star games I don't see the point in giving a junior in high school that kind of praise
He is certainly a 5 star kid, but jesus... that post from Steve sounds like a dad talking about his own son
I'm not saying he's the best player in the nation, although he's in the discussion. He does bring the No. 1 total package in the nation in my opinion.
Other schools recruited Peppers harder than ND did. He didn't have the same connection with the Irish staff that he had with other places.
This post was edited by Steve Wiltfong 11 months ago
To add to this, when he played at Don Bosco and this past season at Paramus Catholic they played some really strong out-of-state competition.
So which is it, exactly? Is he unworthy of the praise because he's only a junior in high school, or is it because of the state he's from?
You might want to think about your answer, because one of those choices sounds like the argument a 13 year old would make.
From the north...
I love reading your posts Nova. Get 'em going every time.
Lotsa Jelly in this post.
I like Peppers, just think that was way too much praise for a junior in high school but its pretty clear Steve is a Michigan man and he is super excite about the chance Peppers picks Michigan
Oh god here we go
Listen big guy, my point about him being from Jersey is that he hasn't played against anybody yet... so that is one thing
When he proves himself in the all star game, as I have said for weeks then I will take notice
As for him being a junior in high school, that much speaks for itself
The last kid from Jersey who got praise like this, from being a freak of nature build wise and a straight A student was Myron Rolle and he sucked ass.... now I think Peppers is better than Myron, but acting like this kid is one of the best prospects we have seen in years is premature... try not to let that opinion ruin your day
This post was edited by NoVaNoles 11 months ago
Steve is an ND guy if anything.
Whatever he is, he always sweats his guys from the north a little too much
I have never seen Nee or any of the southern guys start a thread on a junior in high school going nuts over a prospect before
Not like this anyways
I truly have nothing against Peppers, but I fail to see how wanting to go to medical school and getting straight A's helps you on the gridiron
Second best player, IMO.
Peppers and Fournette are two guys that are at a different level when it comes to athleticism,speed, and size at their age...those are the 2 best players in the nation in my opinion, what Steve is saying is that Peppers i the most valuable because of how versatile he is. Fournette will be a great running back, but Peppers could play just about any position on the field (except for the line and Tight end) and excel at that position. He even plays quite a bit of option QB at Paramus...the fact that he can be so good as so many different positions is what makes him so special to me...
Dunno. Fournette is a 230 pound dude with true, true breakaway speed.. Won the 4A 100M with a 10.68.
I'm a homer but I haven't seen a freak like Fournette in a very long time.. Again, I'm bias but Mr Wilfong probably deals with players from other areas.
It doesn't matter and I will say that CB is probably a more important position, only in the NFL, RB is more important in College, especially the SEC.
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
Lolz at him being able to play QB or even LB for that matter
I see him being a safety, RB and CB... that is about all he would be elite at imo... and that is damn impressive
But you are going way too far my son
Looks like you struggle with reading comprehension some - let's break it down chapter and verse.
Wiltfong says "To start, he's arguably the best player in the country," and you somehow turn that into anyone claiming he's one of the best prospects we've seen in years.
No one mentioned Clowney, or even Nkeimdiche (however you spell it). The focus of Wiltfong's piece was about how he's a well-rounded kid and will bring celebrity to the class - basically that as a personable kid, he'll be able to connect with other top prospects and bring them in the fold. Which, as anyone who has been following Michigan recruiting under Hoke knows, is a common trait among his top recruits. Some of Michigan's best recruiters the last two years have been their high 4 and 5 star committed prospects who apparently develop good relationships with a lot of other recruits.
agree...wish bama had room for him....
I don't struggle with anything
The fact he is a " well rounded kid " means nothing in terms of football, literally nothing
That is one of the many things I have a problem with in his OP
Its just too much meaningless praise that is far too early in the process to be laying it this thick
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