5:15pm on ESPNU. Only 7 hours and change left to continue worrying about the decision of a 17 year old high school junior that won't even play for Michigan for a year and a half.
Prepare yourself for infinite joy, or infinite sorrow. 'Crootin'
impossible is nothing
I can't believe that guy still has a year and a half left to get better before his first game as a true freshman. Crazy.
in my opinion has already proved himself to be a great fit here. Bringing in guys like this only further proves that point
Hell, people in New Jersey are starting to believe him.
Dammit dont do that to me! I saw the title and my mind immediately changed it to Hello Jabrill Peppers. Then I did a double take. I guess that means that's enough mgoblog for me until 5:30
Sounds like a personal problem to me...
I don't have a problem, YOU have a problem.
(watches Peppers highlights for six hours)
I had a dream last night that we got peppers and Hand.
Who dreams about recruiting?
Old crooked head\creepy guy. They should make that guy the new pedo bear.
end up at ohio?
I know Anzalone (who I think is the one on the left) ended up at Florida. He was committed to ND for a while, too, I think, but I can't remember if that was before or after his commitment to OSU.
but then creepy dude caused him to decommit and end up at ND. But then days before he enrolled early, Brian Kelly interviewed with the Eagles and Anzalone ended up at Florida.
Gordon Gee ended up at ohio.
Who wears long sleeve under armor under a polo? That guy. That's wo.
But you check it as well...
God, you love to bitch.
What was I bitching about? I thought I was sharing some of the insanity that is me with all my closest friends at mgoblog...
Lol. Sorry, not you jdon. Post may have been caved, but i can see it on the iphone.
Jinx. Kill off this thread fergodsake.
I don't believe in jinxes. But if Peppers commits to some school other than Michigan, I am holding I Like Burgers personally responsible.
I heard he's going to switch from football to lacrosse and will be attending Johns Hopkins.
I used to smoke pot with John Hopkins
If this does prove to be a jinx, I'll eat hot dogs as punishment.
Please get it right fergodsakes.
It's not a jinx unless Joe Mauer messes everything up. Let hope he stays out of this.
I knew it wouldnt be long until someone made a thread to name drop him. Its not set in stone yet guys. We lead, but crazier stuff has happened before.
I'm not sure that "crazier stuff has happened before." I'm not a recruiting historian or anything, but has there been a time when we had such a huge lead for a guy that nobody even knew who his second place might be on the day of his announcement, and he announced to somehwere else? I don't even know who the competition is for Peppers. Sam always said Stanford if he ever made in on campus, which he didn't. It isn't OSU or LSU, who he visited and didn't seem to like. I guess the only other possibility would be Rutgers and there is probably less than a 1% chance of that happening.
He canceled his last visit to PSU.
Crazier shit has totally happened before. We got Carlos Brown seemingly out of nowhere and just last year a guy with an Auburn tattoo committed to Alabama.
Don't forget Justin King going in the other direction.
This kid is a beast. Will be a big moment when he (likely) selects Michigan. Can't wait till 5-5:30!
Did he ever even visit Stanford or Penn State like he said he was going to try?
neither one happened
247 says he didn't visit Rutgers either
Had a coach in my H.S. this week recruiting and he said that he is coming and bringing Hand with him.
Besides, doesn't that lead to blindness?
Yeah... Well that just, like uh..., his opinion man.
Makes the phrase
F#$% up Donnie (Bosco)......
here. Welcome aboard Newbie.
We all want the Hand, but the Hand is tough to get. You've got to get the Hand right from The Opening. For once in my life, I'd like Hand. I have no Hand. None.
Also, I echo the sentiments of exmtroj expressed below. Thanks Jinxi.
Here is his film to preview before the announcment:
could fill in at QB or RB as well.... hell of an athlete.
lol, RB for sure, QB though? Srs?
plus he'll keep the ball dry in the rain, maintain the lights on the scoreboard, parking enforcement before the game, and do everyone's homework. /FJ'd
out of a lot of receivers in the Big Ten for the next few years (not to mention some QB's). With that size and speed at CB, our turnover ratio should get more positive if nothing else.
if he took that "surprise!" visit this past week? The rumor is that it was to Rutgers, but hadn't heard/read anything about it all week.
247 doesn't have one on his timeline, so I'm guessing no.
He never made it to any of the schools he said he was going to try to visit according to 247, not even Rutgers. Also on 247, the crystal ball predictions are 100% Michigan and Michigan is listed as the favorite with all others as cool interest, which I haven't seen before (not to say they haven't done it, I just haven't seen it).
Be careful, they were 100 percent sure with Bars too.
Watch the Indy 500, drink lots of Dr. Pepper, season everything I eat with pepper, maybe have stuffed peppers for lunch, grill some fish seasoned with lemon-pepper for dinner, and maybe, if I need a snack later, some nachos topped with hot peppers.
And, of course, have one eye on anything Pepper-related here on MGoBlog all day, while waiting to watch his 5:15 announcement.
What's a bit scary is that I half think you might actually do just that.
To be fair, it all sounds kinda good.
Agreed except for the Dr Pepper. That stufff is like drinking sugar water flavored with sugar with a sugar chaser.
The rest I could definitely eat. Especially the nachos. Mmmmmmm nachos.
Well it sounds delicious - especially the Dr. Pepper. 23 flavors?! Are you kidding me?
Your pee is going to smell funny.
He didn't say anything about asparagus!
already a flaming asshole, you WILL be!
It's more likely he delays his decision than choosing somebody other than Michigan.
He really didn't visit anybody else.
That is a good start to a day, I plan on grilling steaks on the grill this evening.
Will Peppers wear #2 jersey?
Peppers will wear whatever Jersey he wants to, and since he has said multiple times that he doesn't want to be the next Charles Woodson, he wants to be the first Jabrill Peppers, he should continue to wear number 5 and make that number a legend.
Man.. So is it just me, or does anyone else really hope we land Peppers?
I thought I never wanted a single recruit to commit more than I did Derrick Green. Then I found out about Peppers and watched his highlight tape and WOW.
You'll say that every year going forward.
According to the Twitterz..2014 QB recruit Brandon Dawkins is trying to commit to Notre Shame after the Golson aftermath.
After the wings game last night a hello post would be quite comforting.
This in six hours will be either this:
I look forward to seeing how this all shakes out.
The balloon .gif is just creepy.
I don't even know what those guys are trying to do in that 2nd gif, but that made my day.
The way Mich-fans are fawning over this guy is over the top. We've had several guys come in like this and not perform, so let's keep things in perspective. Having said that, I hope he is everything the scouts predict. Go Blue
Good point, Peppers probably won't come in and win the Heisman as a freshman like he wants. But the kid is so athletic, I think he'll be a solid contributor no matter where he winds up on the field.
I think it's worth having a little caution mixed in with your excitement when it comes to this type of thing. But if you can't get fired up over Peppers, you probably aren't the type to worry much about recruiting at all (which is fine, by the way... Just saying that as this stuff goes, this is just about as big as it gets.)
I like Peppers' upside as much as any recruit I can remember in quite a while. That's no guarantee of anything, but it will put a big smile on my face come 5PM.
and only your 77th one! If I couldn't see your count, I might have easily thought it was your 81st!
/s ...actually I agree with everything you said.
Not with that attitude
Henson, Woodson, and maybe Wheatley (I only say maybe because I don't know anything about recruiting rankings, but if it was today Wheatley would have been up there, he was a freak). All 3 of those worked out pretty well while they played for Michigan. Now I'm not going to put a Heisman in this kids hands right away, but worst case scenario for this kid (as long as nothing freakish happens off the field/injury) is a above average starter that you can do multiple things with. He's got about 4 positions he could be a great player at, he's bound to do something positive with his athleticism.
Antonio Bass was a freak. Unfortunately he had the career ending injury, but the talent he showed in multiple positions as a freshman suggested he was going to be something special. A very highly touted recruit at the time, but I can't remember his overall ranking.
What could have been.
There have been more than that. The 1998 class alone also contained David Terrell (#1 WR recruit in the country), Marquise Walker (#2 WR recruit) and Justin Fargas (#1 RB). That class was incredible on the offensive side of the ball.
Ty Law was a huge get out of Pennsylvania - I don't know what his specific ranking was, but he was a guy that everyone wanted. Marlin Jackson was pretty high up there, too.
Anthony Thomas was also really highly ranked - if not top 10, then probably top 20. Chad Henne was up there as well. It absolutely killed PSU fans to lose him. And of course there was Ryan Mallett.
But there haven't been ones of this caliber. Henne, Terrell, Fargas, Walker etc. were all great players, like top 10-15. But the number of top 3 players in the nation isn't that high. Peppers is the elite of the elite recruits, those that you mentioned were elite.
I think you are splitting hairs here. Comparing players across positions is pretty arbitrary - how can you realistically compare a LB, OL, QB, DB, etc? Especially when they're not even HS seniors yet. I doubt there is any real rhyme or reason as to why one guy is considered the #5 overall player versus some other guy being #7, or #8 or whatever. Once you get up to a certain threshold it's probably a crapshoot. As far as I'm concerned, if a guy is considered #1 in the country at his position, he's super-elite.
(Incidentally, Drew Henson wasn't a top 3 overall player either - he was around #10. Ronald Curry, who went to UNC, was ranked ahead of him at the QB position.)
I loved Prescott Burgess!
but Crable ended up being a bigger playmaker for us (except Ohio late hit...GUH).
ten years then how can he be the best CB prospect ever?
He said Peppers is the best CB prospect coming out of high school ever. I think he was allowing for the possibility that some of the android CB prospects grown in Nick Saban's evil human cloning robotics laboratory might be better.
Ya but remember Jai Eugene he was committed then left for lsu. He was ranked #1 cb in the country turned out to b average
I won't neg you. But in you scenario where you get everyone to think you're going to a top program only to choose EMU makes you both a little bit of an asshole and an idiot. I don't think Peppers is either.
Sometimes I put on a suit and tell my wife to get all dressed up, we're going out to dinner. We take the convertible out, and I can tell she's thinking we might be going to some new French place . . . and then BAM! Golden arches, yo.
Except, I tell her that it's the firm's annual black tie party, so she goes all out with the hair and nails and pedicure, new dress and shoes, and then we drive up to McDowell's
Every damn peppers thread you say this.
But you wouldn't just be messing with the fans, you'd be messing with the coaches as well, which might be fun for you but makes you dishonest. And the people who work for places like Rivals and Scout with you might think is stupid, but it's their job and is honest work. So yeah, I think intentionally screwing with people's lives and jobs makes you a bit of an asshole. It's not like he's just trolling people on a website.
You should think about changing your name to tl;dr.
Scenario you would be a dick.
Happy Jabril Peppers Day, everyone!
And just think: Michigan is now one of the favorites for the #1 player Hand.
I think your horse is jumping out of the gate a little too quickly there.
The pepper shaker was full and worked to perfection. I am choosing to take that as a sign.
There was an article on NorthJersey.com that was pretty thoughtful and talked about the media coverage of Peppers' now-impending decision and the process of recruiting him (HERE)
It has a quote from Tom Luginbill which discusses a phenonmenon that we've seen quite a bit in these first couple years under Brady Hoke too, how athletes commit early and in turn recruit for the school they choose. Peppers definitely would be the biggest commitment to date in the Hoke years, but it is awesome to see us in the running consistently for top talent lately. That speaks so well of how this staff not only identifies talent but the way that they represent Michigan.
Paramus Catholic President Jim Vail will apparently be with Peppers at the announcement, and he was very complimentary about Jabrill as a student and person as well as an athlete:
“Jabrill may be one of the best communicators in our school, including the staff. And he carries his success and recognition and brings the school community along with him.”
Throwback to the Derrick Green announcement...that principal loved him
Us too, Breezy. Us too.
Unless I start drinking now, this is me for the next several hours:
Edit: This was meant for the comment with the "Hand-y"
Does anyone know if there are tickets to purchase for the announcement? I happen to be around the NJ area and would like to attend.
I hope you're just missing a /s on your comment...
I hope you are joking.
and the art of not worrying about things I have absolutely no control over. I am still working on it.
How could you deny this face?
I didn't read all 125 comments, so I hope this isn't repeating anything, but no matter what decision Peppers makes, I'm sure there are plenty of other 17 year old HS juniors whose decisions we can start worrying about.
It's like an infinite loop.
Ya, but it's been a while since Michigan has been in the conversation for one of the top 10 17 year olds in the nation. Those type of kids can make a pretty big difference.
Wasn't Derrick Green somewhere in that neighborhood?
I'll give you that one. The point I was trying to make was that anytime a kid is in the top 10 in the nation it's going to be a big deal and that every 17 year old doesn't stack up the same.
you love to bitch...
Let's all have subs. It's gonna be crazy.
Is delivering at 5. Going extra crazy today
Greetings from the middle of the Missouri new to the board and die hard Michigan fan my whole life. Love the site and figured today would be a good day to join w the pending decision a few hours from now......Go Blue
Geez, double post on your first day.
Greetings from the middle of the Missouri new to the board and die hard Michigan fan my whole life. Love the site and figured today would be a good day to join w the pending decision a few hours from now......Go Blue
"Greetings from the middle of the Missouri"...
Ah, playing real life Oregon Trail? That's how you spend a REAL Memorial Day weekend.
Yeah. Dysentery is a bitch.
I think if anything is certain, it's that MGoBlog will be crashing in approximately 3 hours from now.
You're absolutely correct on that. That is single handedly one of the only reasons I will actually watch it on TV today. Just because I know getting on here going to be impossible.
Twitter is also an option.
Watching the Tigers game and trying to keep my mind off it for a few hours.
Here with the wife and kids today. I will be getting off Splash Mountain about 5:15...hopefully to some good news!
My Spartan friend tried to tell me Peppers committed to LSU. HA! I follow recruiting too closely to fall for that...I need a life don't I?
Starting at 5:00...FML
well, it's either gonna be a good or bad day at work for you.
I'm working a register at a movie theater. I can't check my phone until I get out at 11:00.
Don't worry this site will be so bogged down around that time you couldn't get through anyways.
What is the phone number to the Movie Theatre someone will call you to let you know
Shouldn't the Jabrill Peppers commitment have to be confirmed by Michael Ferns on Twitter before it becomes official? And then shouldn't ESPNU have a separate crew at the Ferns home in Ohio today so that the shirt can be awarded to Mr. Peppers?
Doesn't sound promising for Rutgers, from Jabrill's Twitter:
@JabrillPeppers: RT @RickyRosayy5: If you dating a athlete you gunna have to deal wit distance your whole life
Well, it appears that he's at lease not letting a girl dictate his decision.
Aaron Lynch should heed to Jabrill's long distance tweet
Is something happening at 5:15 today? If so, I wouldn't want to jinx it by talking about it. Besides, I'm going out for an anniversary dinner with my wife at that time so all my attention will be with her. But if my cell phone happens to fall out of my pocket, and I happen to see something, maybe a 404 server error....maybe something else, a guy can't be faulted for that, right?
Besides, no idea what you all are talking about.....nothing to jinx, er, see here, right?
will occur either way.
So how do we pass the time? Drinking? Arrested Development? BOTH EVEN?
Are there options for Live Streaming this thing? At the office and front row sports appears to be blocked.
But can I extend that to what's the best way to stream on mobile as well? ...will be at a family gathering outside. #iknowrightonjabrillpeppersannouncementdayaretheyforreal?
Anyone know of any possible hints by seeing what color socks he is wearing now to the Press Conference?
Either you're a creep or you're really pushing it with the sarcasm in this thread
Got to LOVE recruiting!! I wish we had better insight on who the last offensive lineman might be..seeing notre Lames O-line classes are starting to make me sick
dor the Peppers announcement as the Nebraska softball game is in the 5th inning.
I am hearing Jabrill Pepper's principal just called into the softball game to tell the ump to get the game moving along.
Courtesy of ESPN's Mike Rothstein who is there today
How many innings in Softball 7 or 9?
To make it 3-2 Nebraska. lets hope this doesn't go to extras.
No no no, fuck Nebraska and Oregon softball. Our ladies are world series bound.
courtesty again of Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com
This is getting creepy.
A) Love the guy rockin' the Canadian tuxedo. B) That same guy is wearing a Maize shirt underneath his Canadian Tuxedo. Coincidence?
Weird wardrobe choices all around today from the Peppers camp. It appears Jabrill is wearing a skull t-shirt? One guy is wearing sunglasses inside. Another is rocking straight denim. The forth dressed up his face but forgot his head.
my 11yo son just asked me if he comits will ther server crash again? lol
I'm watching softball on tv because I don't want to risk missing anything... This is becoming unhealthy.
these two innings of softball are getting unusually high ratings
This could be huge!!
just a routine bunt triple
The first basemen's verical was about 2 inches trying to stop that ball going over her head...
Watch this same softball game go in to ot
Is wrong with your sport when a 2 foot bunt requires a perfect play to get you out. Softball bases need to be further apart. Every ball that isn't a pop up is a hit.
Yep. Or when a shot put style flick from shortstop to first caps off a double play. This is unwatchable.
Nebraska is officially worthless
I am cursing being at my vacation home on the Gulf of Mexico because it doesn't have ESPNU. I am feeling like I have some sort of unhealthy condition.....
Was that a rise ball or a drop ball from the Nebraska pitcher. /s
I'd insert a Howard Stern reference about Eric wanting "to be measured" but I think it might land me in the same Bolivia you seem to be banished to. Also, "Eric the Actor, formally Eric the midget"
Come the f on Nebraska
Any palce to see Peppers live since this softball game is killing me (us)?
if nebraska doesn't score, there is no god
Big life, big stage, y'all
It's almost here.....
Does anybody know of an ESPNU stream that works on the iPhone?
It's free. You just enter some basic information. Like if you use Comcast or your provider. You can watch, via your iPhone, all espn programming. You will be able to watch espnu via your phone. It's a great free app.
Great the softball game is tied now.
Is this announcement going to wait for this game to be over?
It has to, right?
I keep yelling home run during every pitch hoping for the end of the inning
Somebody at a Buffalo Wild Wings needs to end this softball game.
Nfw ... What channel are we tuning to?
HOW MANY FOULS CAN YOU HAVE????
Oh good. Let the coach come out and chat...that's perfect.
at bat ever...
This is brutal. Might take all day.
The TV ratings on the softball game are going to be huge.
Let's go whoever ends this damn game faster!!
Oregon home run?
to earn another point! WHOOO ME
Fuck you, Mattie.
How many on this blog was alive when that happened lol. Great post!
That Oregon pitcher is the anti-hot.
All that and you swing at that crappy low and outside pitch. Come on.
This should now be named "The bitch about softball open thread."
Just squeeze it in between bats?
wtf just cut to Peppers let him announce...itll take 3 seconds and this game is never going to end lol
Screw Nebraska....... Screw Oregon........
Really?! Non-crucial softball? Seriously?
I'm assuming that the announcement will still be on ESPNU after the game is over. Peppers is the # 2 overrall recruit. They're going to want to get him on t.v.
Who cares about JP anyway. This game right here is what NCAA athletics is all about.
I blame this on Title IX.
Oh hai Alyssa Gillespie
for braska has hit an all-time high with this failure to close. Just have to hope Sportscenter U runs the show as it normally would. My family thinks I've gone crazy, so it better.
This game's going to be like that Syracuse/UConn basketball game that went on into a billion overtimes, or that Mahut/Isner tennis match. I bet it sets a world record. That would be just our luck.
It's killing our unhealthy pre-occupation with recruiting.
... sudden death?
C'mon, C'mon! Get this crap off of here!
Something called New Jersey High School football says he is Blue
Chantel just tweeted that he'll wait till game is over
Will someone post a clip of it in case I miss it?
I'm so confused right now.
We're probably going to be able to watch him play for the next three to four years. Isn't that enough?
Oh, and screw Nebraska for failing.
This Oregon batter, though, is welcome on my tv screen at all times
I've never disliked softball so much.
credibility Twitter has, numerous tweets have confirmed he is going to Michigan... Somebody will be beheaded if this was some cheesy rumor.
Hello Jabrill Peppers
I might rather watch Janie Takeda, actually. Sorry Jabrill.
Seconded. Lorenz just retweeted Pepper's official commitment to M anyway.
Nice pants she must workout
Just retweeted Paramus Catholic's tweet that Peppers will attend Michigan.
why couldnt this at least be volleyball?
GOING TO MICHIGAN BABY~!!!!!!!
@PCFB_LIVE: @JabrillPeppers will attend Michigan
Posting it too early...
"The Michigan coaches don't want to waste my talent. I tell people all the time that my goal is to win the Heisman as a true freshman and I'm going to need the ball in my hands to make that dream come true. They've talked about me playing some offense, returning punts, kicks, and just pretty much using me all over the field. I'm open to do whatever I have to do in order to help my team and accomplish my goal that I set for myself when I was an 8th grader." From the M Block.
Glad to see that he's modest.
Twitter is going crazy now, it is Michigan
Please, God. Walk-off home run on the first pitch.
Thanks a lot Obama
Is it just me or is the Oregon softball team very attractive? My softball stereotypes are being challenged and I don't like it.
WAIT I MISSED HIS COMMITMENT???
per his HS twitter, Jabril Peppers will attend Michigan!
Looks like this has truned into a Oregon-Nebraska Softball thred.
@SamWebb77: RT @PCFB_LIVE: @JabrillPeppers will attend #Michigan
Even in his Don Bosco days...
Feel the Chi...Repulse the Monkey
I'm so pissed off at ESPN and the sport of softball thst I can't even be happy about his decision. Fuck you, ESPNU, Oregon and Nebraska.
you can't be happy about his decission?
I may not have got to watch it, but I'll sure the hell take it!
Somebody doesn't like us.
Will the announcement still take place?
until I see him say it. Thanks for all the sources though.
but FUCKING SOFTBALL!!! I just need to see video footage of Jabrill choosing Michigan. I need to see it to believe it!
I swear to God if these fucking umps have to meet up one more time and drag this bullshit game out any further, I am going to run to the nearest living thing and throttle it to death. It's almost like they're trying to make this game go on forever.
One of the comments said that if you can't get into MSU or OSU, rap your way into UM.