Jabrill Peppers comes to Michigan as the No. 3 recruit in the nation and with that comes enough pressure to make the strongest men crumble, but the former Paramus Catholic star is standing firm and begins his career with the Wolverines already facing comparisons to Heisman winner Charles Woodson.
Peppers made a list of 10 goals for his freshman season in a video from Bleacher Report he hopes will motivate him to greatness as a rookie this fall and one day justify the lofty comparisons to the first defensive player to win the prestigious honor.
Here are Peppers’ bold predictions for him and the Wolverines for the 2014 season.
- 10. All- Big Ten freshman team
- record three interceptions
- score at least one touchdown on special teams
- score a touchdown on offense or defense
- record a big hit
- run an interception back for a touchdown
- help Michigan to a more successful season than the Wolverines had in 2013
- freshman All-American
- win the Big Ten title
- win the National Championship
Peppers is the most versatile recruit to enter college football this season and capable of being a starting running back, safety or corner while also contributing on special teams as a kick and punt returner.
The plan for him as a freshman will be to focus on defense first and perhaps as his career goes on in Ann Arbor, perhaps he could do what Woodson did in his Heisman season and play on both sides of the ball and help Michigan win another national title.