Jabrill Peppers, the # 2 player in the country has committed to Michigan for 2014.
Peppers is a freakish athlete and the highest ranked player to ever commit to Michigan. Previous recruits, Ryan Mallet, Demar Dorsey and Derrick Greene were all highly ranked, but this one is the biggest yet. Unless Michigan gets the #1 player DT De’Shawn Hand.
This is another HUGE win for Brady Hoke as he has won yet another head to head battle with Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Lawrence Marshall was the other.
If you need evidence that this is a huge commit, check out these two videos that illustrate his athleticism.
Not sure why I am getting asked this question, but Michigan fans have inundated me with tweets and e-mails asking my two cents on the Michigan v. Kansas Sweet 16 match-up in Dallas. If you’ve followed this blog for any period of time, you know I am much more of a Michigan Football follower than basketball. However, I have spent many winter days watching this Michigan basketball team, they are talented and fun to watch, but final 4? I am unconvinced.
I have very low confidence in Michigan after watching the way they finished the season. Sure, they looked good against South Dakota State and VCU, but I think those teams are largely built on hype. South Dakota is in something called the Summit League which features Oakland and IPFW, not exactly teams that send shivers through a D1 team. VCU, WAY over-hyped based on the coaching success of Shaka Smart. I wasn’t concerned about VCU, face it, the narrative that they would wreak “havoc” on Michigan was built by those who simply wanted to see Michigan lose. How else do you explain so many experts being so wrong. The only thing missing was Karl Rove and Dick Morris predicting a landslide in VCU’s favor.
Hell, I’m not even THAT concerned with Kansas, they are beatable as long as Michigan’s Freshman show up and that is where I start to get concerned. Robinson III, Stauskas and McGary are young players who are prone to off-nights, many think Robinson III and Stauskus took the second half of the B1G season off, myself included.
I think Michigan’s youth and inexperience with be their undoing, it may not be Friday, but it will be this weekend.
Who do you have? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Michigan may be losing another commit. The #17th ranked running back in the country, Dee Hart from Orlando, Florida is apparently ready to rescind his verbal commitment to Michigan and commit to Alabama on Friday.
Hart, who pledged to Michigan in October attended the Iron Bowl last weekend and is apparently ready to join Nick Saban’s team at Alabama next year.
I doubt the Rich Rod drama has much to do with it, the kid seems to be uncertain and I wouldn’t count on him joining any team until the ink is dry on his letter of intent.
Hart had been the highest ranked player in Rich Rod’s 2011 recruiting class. Michigan recently landed Grand Blanc (Mich.) running back Justice Hayes the nations #84 prospect and #3 all purpose back.