I'm really starting to like this kid
New Jabrill Peppers USA Today blog post. On Hand and Fournette: "I'm bringing both of them"
I was getting goosebumps reading the post, thanks for sharing
Yup, beat me to it as well.
Really like him. Academics seem to be a priority, he's really well spoken (not just "athlete" articulate, but his writing is comparable to most paid bloggers). Good pick up athletically, academically, and as a person.
Haha, can't help but laugh, since I highly doubt we'll get both Fournette and Hand, but the kid has a ton of confidence. I love it!
Right now I'd be happy with just DaShawn Hand.
Obviously getting both would be Tremendous, but I'm less worried about the OMG NEED of Leonard Fournette because of Derrick Green and Deveon Smith. As long as Fournette goes anywhere besides Alabama, I can live with that.
I love his confidence.
How long until he asks out Kate Upton?
He will let us know in a future blog post...
He's already dating Kate Upton, it's just that he wanted her to keep it on the down low because Leo Fournette thinks he's got a shot and he doesn't want to crush his dreams until he's signed a LOI.
Thought about both Fournette and Hand being a part of this class.. I need to sit down now.
Your signature is very appropriate right now.
he brings both, he can be called the president, capo di tu di capo, don peppers, whatever he wants to be called
I love the confidence, but I think Spike has a better chance of bagging Kate Upton.
I really don't get the defeatist attitude on here. I don't consider myself an overly optimistic guy, but Fournette seems like the anti-Westphal (or Treadwell, et al). He's been an SEC lean forever, and has yet to pull the trigger. I think he's looking for a reason not to go to LSU. I also see us having a huge upside for top tier talent. Judging by recruiting, we will be a top 3-5 team in talent when he is an upperclassmen. We still have to produce on the field, but Michigan is a far more lucrative place to play than it has been in a long time.
Saying that we have no chance with Fournette and that the coaches should stop recruiting him would be defeatist. Simply saying that the chances of getting him out of the south are very slim is something that virtually every recruiting analyst says about Fournette, including Sam Webb, one of the most intrinsically optimistic guys I've ever known. I think it's unlikely he'll get out of the south, but that doesn't mean that I think Hoke & Co. should stop recruiting him. If we can get him up here for an official visit, anything is theoretically possible, regardless of the odds.
And our opinions—whether "defeatist" or realist or loony—don't matter to the coaches or players anyhow, thank god.
Smaller chance though of Spike getting Kate Upton? Tough sell, that one.
>I think he's looking for a reason not to go to LSU.
Like Laquon Treadwell was looking for a reason to not go to UM? I know it is different, but there is no risk in seeing if he likes it here.
I like those odds.
i'm pretty sure spike already bagged her... he's just a humble guy and doesn't like to brag.
A Michigan Man doesn't Kiss and Tell
Better tell that to Glen Rice
Better tell that to Glen Rice
The word you're looking for is neither bagged, nor brag. Begged. He begged her.
the damn uniforms to look like whatever he wants!
No recruit is better than the best uniform in sports. The Commissioner would agree.
Wait, arguably the best three players in the country coming to Michigan? I will not allow myself to believe this. That way I can avoid disappointment if it doesn't happen, and be shocked and overjoyed if it does.
I love Peppers' attitude, and he'll need that swag if he's going to have any chance of winning the Heisman as a true freshman.
Then he should be the first freshman to have a "legends" patch of his own number on his jersey
Give him the #1 jersey. Braylon will understand....OK, maybe not.
Give him the Number 2 Jersey.
Need Muppets for at least a week straight.
And then another month.
Followed by...yet another month.
Let's just consider maybe making it an open-ended thingie...
This kid hasnt even took a snap and I already absolutley love him
Loving the swagger. Loving the confidence. Getting Fournette on campus would be big, as we all know anything can happen once a kid gets in front of Hoke and the rest of the staff. However, I still will not get my hopes up about either Fournette or Hand until NSD comes and both of their names on inked on a dotted line and sent into Schembechler Hall. And as far as I'm concerned, Fournette is a lock to Alabama or LSU until he specifically comes out and says otherwise.
If we just got one of these guys, I'd be happy. And even if we got neither of them, we'll still have reeled in a pretty darn good class. Top-10 anyway. I have no problem with Jabrill Peppers, the #2 recruit in America, being our class headliner.
One would be great, Two is better, but we already are off to a great start.
I'm not saying you're wrong to keep your hopes in check, but he has come out and specifically said that he has no leader and all the talk about him being a lock to one of the SEC schools is just that...talk that never came from him.
Again, I'm not saying that means he's coming here or isn't going to end up in the south, but you said "until he specifically comes out and says otherwise" so I just thought I'd let you in on that.
Totally love the effort this kid puts in!! Should be a great recruiter for the next 3-4 years. Just don't see Leonard comin to Michigan though
But I don't believe he'll be allowed to participate in recruting once he hits campus other than hosting players when they come to visit.
If he plays as well as we are expecting him too, he won't even have to do recruiting, his ability will do the recruiting for us.
Recruting... Please tell me that was on purpose (reference: Dantonio post comments on front page)
I will personally pay his alumni dues for the rest of his life. Oh, who am I kidding, I probably would anyway.
that's cool so long as you don't let him use your water hose.
If this happens I will literally shit my pants.
And by "literally shit my pants" I mean figuratively shit my pants and literally shart my pants.
Sometimes a shart turns into a shit. Tread carefully my friend.
brown touches cotton.
Cotton stamps happen.
skidmarks analogy did not go unnoticed.
Either way, that's gross man.
Peppers, Ferns, Speight, Morris... these kids are committing and then putting Michigan first and their personal agendas second (I'm sure the other recruits are too, but these guys are putting out there for all to see).
This team first mentality is amazing.
Some USC or Miami running back can have his 1400 yards rushing and his 8-4 record... Green and Fournette can have 850 yards a piece and a ring.
Alabama just had one back rush for 1300 yards and another rush for 1100 yards on their way to winning a ring. If you build a dominant line, getting 2 guys over 1000 yards isn't a pipe dream.
We just did that two seasons ago...
I was leaving 600 yards for 5th year senior Devin Gardner
It's absolutely amazing the productivity they got out of Lacy (1360 yds, 6.5 avg, 17 TD) and Yeldon (1131 yds, 6.3 avg, 12 TD). And they had another kid (Kenyon Drake) rush for 285 yds, 6.7 ypc, and 5 TD. Their top 4 rushers all averaged over 6ypc, which is staggering.
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Not so much.
That one cut right to the bone. He was the first recruit I got excited about
...but the commish should have all of the facts if he's going to complete such a feat. I'm a believer. Whether is 2-2 or 0-2 I see a future leader of our defense...something Hoke has done a tremendous job at.
i realize neither Green nor Fournette have played a snap of college ball. But the combo I think about with these guys is USC's team with Reggie Bush & LenDale White, or maybe Borges' Auburn team that had Ronnie Brown & Cadillac Williams.
As a junior in 2005, LenDale White rushed for 1,302 yards, 6.6 ypc, and 24 TD. As the 2nd string guy behind a dude who won the Heisman (1,740, 8.7 ypc, 16 TD). They combined for just under 700 receiving yards and 4 more TD through the air as well. And Bush ran back kicks and punts.
I don't think you'll find a better backfield, or offense, in CFB history.
I was a little kid at the time, and it was before college football games were televised nationally on a regular basis, but the one I always wished I could have seen was the OK State team with Barry Sanders & Thurman Thomas. I think they ran the wishbone. That must have been something.
Nope, they ran the I-formation with a feature back. Sanders got only 105 carries the season before he won the Heisman (compared to Thomas's 251 carries). I remember reading an anecdote about an opposing defensive coordinator telling his team not to hurt Thomas, because then OK State would bring in Sanders.
And Ronnie Brown/Cadillac Williams (didn't have Brandon Jacobs, too?)
Was the Arkansas backfield of Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Peyton Hillis.
2006: McFadden (1647, 5.8ypc, 14 TD), Jones (1168, 7.6ypc, 6 TD)
2007: McFadden (1830, 5.6ypc, 16 TD), Jones (1162, 8.7ypc, 11 TD), Hillis (347, 5.6ypc, 2 TD / 537 receiving, 11ypc, 5 TD)
Of course, McFadden as a freshman in 2005 also went for over 1000 yards rushing, with 11 TD and 6.3 ypc.
The Auburn duo were solid, but not on the level production-wise of the kids from USC, Alabama, and Arkansas.
2004: Williams (1165, 4.9ypc, 12 TD) and Brown (913, 6.0ypc, 8 TD)
I obviously only follow MI football, but the active and productive role of the recent recruits in at least garnering serious looks at our programs from top seeds seems unusual (and successful). Obviously Morris was a superstar and this and then Ferns has taken it another step with the Team 135 t-shirts. Are the top 10-20 recruits getting this kind of attention from recruits at all the schools they are considering? or our the UM guys just particularly awesome, having bought right into "The Team, The Team, The Team" mantra early?
We get who we want, fergodsakes!
I'll take it.
this is toying with my emotions
i like the way he writes too!
jabrill peppers : class of 2014 : : juwon howard : fab five
Guess what book I'm reading right now
Juwan Howard . . . Juwan Howard NBA Champion to be exact.
typing on a phone is still an inexact science my dear friend.
Remember when we were saying that Jabrill Peppers is the highest rated recruit to ever come to Michigan??! And now he's recruiting two players ranked higher than he is???
They're obviously really talented and whatever they decide to do they've got a fan in me
Bravo Mr. Peppers. I think you'll be an excellent representative of this great University.
That line grabbed me as well. Peppers seems like a very mature and gracious individual as it is, and it will be very exciting to see what he will become as a player and a person in Ann Arbor.
What I really like about how the class of 2014 has been working in particular is that they've taken the passion for Michigan that the staff seems to inspire and tried to take that message on the road, as it were, with success to boot. Part of that might be how social media has changed the process, but I think quite a bit of it is being able to make Michigan a place where kids such as Peppers want to be and feel at home somehow.
I honestly can't wait for Peppers to play at Michigan. I've heard he's a pretty cool dude, so that's a bonus. I especially can't wait for him to play against Rutgers, all their fans have the worst attitude about him.
He sure knows how to sell. I figured the top RB in this class would not want to split time for his career, rather just split his first year or two and have more snaps in year 2 or 3... the perspective that Peppers has is incredible. He totally sold me, that is if I were a 4/5 star HS RB.
This story has taken your breath away.
Another reason why dogs rock.
True story. If one tenth of the people on earth were one tenth as cool as my dog, we all would live in Panacea.
similar reasoning in a way to leaving early to go to the NFL. You only get so many hits in your life, and there is a definite downside to doing them while not getting paid. So, the fewer hits you take in college, it theoretically extends your NFL career too.
I know he has already been established as commissioner Peppers, but am I the only one who wishes his nickname was Sgt. Pepper(s)?
This reference made my day (if you are hinting at the store and not the beatles album). However, there might be freshmen who are confused and go to his dorm/apartment looking for beer because they heard he doesn't card.
Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Comm'r Peppers' [whatever the opposite of lonely is] Recruits Club Band
Seriously though, does anyone have a sense of if any other school benefits from recruit-recruiting as much as we do? Guys like Ricardo, Shane, Wilton, Mike Ferns, Jabrill, etc, etc, etc have made a huge impact on our recruiting lately. Like, a huuuuuge impact
I couldn't tell ya but I've been wondering the same thing
I know we hear the phrase all the time of Michigan feeling like a family, but I really get the feeling our players and committs really want to return Michigan to glory and want our coaches and just the team as a whole to be successful more than some other programs. Sometimes I get the sense athletes want to succeed for more selfish reasons, but I get the feeling our guys really appreciate each other and desperately want to see everyone be successful, not just themselves.
Sounds like a good question for the former Michigan player guest speaker at the next MGoBlog Sports Power Weekend.
It's possible that recruits have always done recruiting on their own, but I'm guessing that the proliferation of summer camps coupled with the ubiquitousness of social media and the prestige given to recruiting class rankings are what is really behind this phenomenon.
Jabrill just rated 100 on 247!
And Cameron Robinson and Fournette got 101's. What scale is this thing on? Or is this an instance of 'infinity plus one!!'
Am not about to start doubting you, Commissioner Peppers. bring them both to ann arbor, win those state track records, then start as a freshman.
Stopping short of rabacking it, but I've caught his confidence.
+1 for your avatar. That grimace should be put on a t-shirt should he come to Michigan.
I believe somewhere he said that he wanted to create his own legacy with another number.
Hand and Fournette? More power to ya Jabrill.
I think Hand chose Michigan on his own
Thish would be shamaizing. Ash Dr Lou would shay.
He's focussed on a goal. He's confident, He thinks big. He shoots for the best. Great qualities of a Michigan Man. I thought Ferns was a great recruiter. But he may have met his match with young Mr. Peppers. The rest of this recruiting year should be interesting to say the least.
You must be an "insider".
I can't remember which thread it was in but I definitely saw it as well. He is going to be up this way for something else and is planning on stopping by AA.
They should do a complimentary visit.
Is not just his confidence, but they way he manages to be so confident without any hint of arrogance. You get the feeling that he'll not only try to be the best he can be, but to encourage those around him to be the best they can be too.
with your assesment..Its NOT arrogance its his complete and utter desire TO WIN and thats the way it comes across...Cant wait till he shows up
All hail the commish
My first impression reading that was being blown away by the writing style. I'm sure he had some help editing it, but compared to what you see called "essays" some of the D1 football players, that was a million times better and he's not even a senior in HS.
son of a bitch this kids the bomb!!!!
Peppers, you bring both of them and your legendary status has already began brother before your first game.
Look at Shane Morris, guy is already god and hasn't even played yet. Everyone wants to see this kid throw the rock!!!
How could you not love this kid?!
And if he keeps making this much sense im not going to be able to refer to him as a kid much longer. Cannot wait for this kid to enroll and get on campus. Brady Hoke found a gem here and the fact they he landed this kid speaks volumes to where this program is going. Go Blue and Go Jabrill!
If he was a REAL recruiter, he'd already be lining up 5-stars for the 2015 class. I mean, 2014 is SO next year. /s
...you mean "last year."
That was the joke.
From his lips to God's ears.
Good luck and godspeed, sir!
May the wind be at your back.
Just continues rising on my Scoville Scale! Dude's on fire!
IIRC, Campbell is the mayor of Ann Arbor.
I have hand
Oh ho ho!
George is getting upset.
Either someone here hates Seinfeld or has never seen it. That was one of my favorite episodes so +1 to you all!
"Oh yeah, those are nice. You know, I've never noticed this before?! They're smooth, creamy. Delicate, yet....masculine."
hes ALLLLLLLLL about Michigan and WINNING!...hes a TRUE Michigan man!
Why do I let a 17 year old kid toy with my emotions so?
I can (barely) remember what it was like to be 17. I remember that most often the things on my mind where girls, partying and playing sports and anything else was lucky to get a second thought.
This guy is incredible to me, how focused he is on things that matter in life like his education and what could be his professional football career. Already trying to acclimate to what it will be like in University and trying to help his future team on the recruiting trail as well. I honestly get the sense that he belives he can do anything he puts his mind to, and he's is quickly making a believer out of me as well.
If I'd had almost a sure-thing lucrative professional career ahead of me, I probably would have been far more focused too...
Aw, who'm I kidding—girls and partying would still have been my focus.
the BLUE PEPPER!
to Mr. Peppers