Jabrill is absolutely the #2 RB in the country.
Mike Lantry, 1972
Jabrill Peppers and his Paramus Catholic squad scrimmaged against Red Bank Catholic today. I don't know the final score, nor do I care, because HOLY MOTHER OF GOD LOOK AT THIS RUN:
[Video version here for the GIF-averse.]
A smattering of Twitter reactions that didn't contain totally-justified expletives:
— Paul Bloem (@pnbloem) August 27, 2013
— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) August 27, 2013
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) August 27, 2013
— Jake Smith (@smithjb) August 27, 2013
247's JC Shurburtt went so far as to suggest that Michigan should play Peppers at running back, even with the presence of Derrick Green on the roster. If you've got the time, our whole conversation is worth checking out:
@AceAnbender I think he's worlds better than Green and Green/Smith could compliment him well in a two-back Brown/Cadillac/Borges deal.
— JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) August 27, 2013
Anyway, just wanted to post that our cornerback recruit—whose next-best position is supposedly safety, followed by wide receiver—just broke the internet as a running back. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee.
UPDATE: Slow-motion with me...
From the top: Broken tackle, immediate juke right, juke left, dip shoulder, broken tackle, stiffarm(!), reverse field (time elapsed: 3.3 seconds thus far), broken tackle, spin move, spin move, spin move to break tackle, stiffarm, waltz into end zone. All of that happened in 8.5 seconds. I keep trying to write words and then get distracted by the pictures, so I'll just stop trying and let you do the same.
Jabrill is absolutely the #2 RB in the country.
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT. PAD LEVEL WAS HIGH AND LACK OF TOP END SPEED.
I AM ANGAR.
When you make it a requirement to touch every one of the defensive players before you allow yourself to score. I'll give him a small reprieve on pad level.
AREAS TO IMPROVE:
+ Arm Length
+ Points per Touchdown
Can't agree with Schurburtt here. Having a CB of that size and speed is by far the more valuable thing. If that doesn't work out, the try him at safety or RB.
Posted that more to show just how absurd Peppers' talent level is, though it's rather apparent without reading any of the words in this post.
Yeah, he says 220 lb corners are rare as if that makes it unlikely he'll land there, but not many 220 lb guys run a 40 in the 4.3s and can cut like that. And hit like that. And rap like that...
Also, the argument about him being so much better than Green comes down to the fact that we don't even need an all world RB in order to be productive in the run game because our line will be a barbarian horde. It benefits us more as a team to put Peppers on an island. So, assuming JC is right, we can either have an insane guy at RB and some other guy at CB, or we can have an insane-minus guy at RB and an insane guy at CB. Easy choice.
Doesn't seem that special to me...I smash B non-stop when I play ncaa, too...
And there's plenty to say about it.
Hey, JBB looked good there as well getting to the second level
How's the talent on Red Bank Catholic?
They're ok, not a powerhouse. For the most part the big schools are St. Joe's Montvale, Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco Prep, St. Peter's Prep and for now Paramus Catholic. They're far and away the best in state.
I think the most impressive thing on that clip are the unreal feet/cuts at the beginning between the 30and25 yard lines. Those cuts were so G.D. fast that they're barely noticeable...crazy...
But Also also...B BUTTON B BUTTON B BUTTON B BUTTON.
Actually, to me, it doesn't look like cuts so much as spin moves and bouncing off would be tacklers. It is more clear on video. This is not to diminish the run, it was incredible. He ran through the entire team. Can't wait to see him in the maize and blue.
I believe Woodson won Ohio Mr. Football largely on the merits of his ability at RB, and that Michigan recruited him to play basically both (or either) sides of the ball.
I'm pretty sure Michigan recruited him just for defense, and got him partly because they were one of the only ones who did so and that's where he wanted to play. From the way Woodson and Carr tell it in the BTN Big Ten Icons special, Woodson was pretty surprised when they told him they were going to put in some plays on offense for him after his freshman year, so I don't think that was always the plan.
Yeah if my memory served him didn't Lloyd ask if he would like to play some RB too and Woodson said no but I'd like to play WR. I could be wrong.
I just remember them saying that if they put him in on offense, it wouldn't be as a decoy...he would get the ball
Regardless of the talent level he was playing against....wow.
This kid's going to be something special when he gets here next year.
Shit is looking like Rich Rod's defense out there.
Reminds me of Reggie Bush in build/smoothness/quickness/agility.
That looks pretty spot on. Shurbutt seems to think he is 220 lbs, but from that video I think that's a bit of an overstatement.
...as SC season ticket holder i remember watching Reggie play and thinking to myself that this is the best college player I have seen in person since watching Woodson play when I was at Michigan. Reggie 2.0, Woodson 2.0, Peppers 1.0?...who cares, this kid is special and I can't believe he is not the #1 high school player in the country. I have a feeling he is going to put on an absolute clinic during whatever high school All American game he is playing in.
How many complaints will there be if he gets the new #2 legend jersey as an incomer?
I thought he said he wants to create his own legacy and did not necessarily want #2.
I heard this too, he wants #5 here too
So we'll still be ok then with Curtis Blackwell (and his 1 year contract) locking down Michigan recruiting for the next 4 decades? Whew.
Holy pants. He must project to be an unreal CB.
Can't. Stop. Watching.
I went to the scrimmage and he was pretty nice on D too. Also caught a few balls and had some ankle-breaking moves.
the whole conversation between me and him is worth checking out..
He and I....
*him and me
9. 9! I was waiting for one of their coaches to try to tackle him ala Tom Harmon.
They should just give Peppers the #98 jersey. Bring the jersey back with a bang.
this has to be just a clever re-enactment of Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl that everyone is in on
It's like a mashup of Bo Jackson and Christian Okoye, except controlled by the computer in Week 16 when they'd always cheese you with those super-fast break-away runs.
/8-bit Fred Jackson
and he's helping us recruit leonard fournette?
That was artistry. This is what it must have looked like to see Dizzy Gillespie play in high school (minus the puffy cheeks).
But that was nine arm tackles. Flashbacks of our D last year against Bama. Still, the leg strength is impressive
Fiesta Bowl vs. Tennessee is what that Jabrill play reminds me of...
Remember Joe Montana Football for Sega? You could hit the spin button and just cruise down the field like a top.
That can't be right, can it? If people around here are bitching about a 240 lbs freshman RB, how will they react to a 220 lbs DB? Personally I love the idea of a 220 lbs Wolverine who runs a 4.3 - 4.4 forty blowing up opposing players.
The last two way player we had was pretty good
I went to the Parochial championship game at Giants Stadium when he was a sophomore at Don Bosco. Even then he was the best player on the field and some of his teammates were Yuri Wright, Darius Hamilton, Alquadin Muhammad, and Elijah Shumate. He played a little WR but mostly RB. They coudn't really stop him then either. Just a beast wherever he played.
...someone needs to provide a birth certificate.
Red Bank Catholic (RBC) is ranked #10 in New Jersey by Max Preps, so this isn't against terrible competition. FWIW, Pepper's Parumus Catholic team is #1 in the same poll. It was updated today.
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I'm saying he will be at all nor am I trying to heap this kind of pressure on HS kid, but my God did that look like a Tom Harmon run.
Guys trying to tackle him at the waist and him spinning out and running.