By: Will Burchfield
All through his three years in Ann Arbor, Jabrill Peppers drew comparisons to former Michigan nice Charles Woodson. Peppers has moved on now, however one other participant of Woodson’s mould is about to enter the Wolverines’ program subsequent season: Donovan Peoples-Jones.
“I’ve watched Donovan since his freshman yr, he’s a Charles Woodson-sort athlete as a large receiver, defensive again and kick returner. four.four legit (forty), he’s virtually 6’three, one hundred ninety. This can be a huge-time man who might be additionally like Peppers within the Heisman race in a pair years. He’s that gifted,” school soccer recruiting analyst Tom Lemming stated on Monday.
Peoples-Jones, a product of Cass Tech and the highest-ranked vast receiver within the nation, dedicated to Michigan in December. He’s the No. 1 participant within the Wolverines’ star-studded 2017 class, one which’s already 26 gamers deep.
“Michigan’s having a knockout yr. They acquired huge numbers and large-time ball gamers,” stated Lemming. “They’re doing a incredible job, they’re within the prime 5 and will even transfer up, simply depends upon how they end. I do know they’re after a pair extra gamers, nevertheless it’s a terrific all-round class proper now, top-of-the-line they’ve had in years.”
Lemming attributed Michigan’s recruiting success to Jim Harbaugh, who will seemingly do something to impress the gamers he covets.
“There hasn’t been anyone like that in any respect. PJ Fleck is a little bit of a Jim Harbaugh-lite proper now, I feel he’s obtained comparable-sort talents to seek out issues that may perhaps rub the opposite coaches the fallacious approach however (are) utterly authorized and actually assist the recruiting,” Lemming stated.
Michigan introduced plans final week for a soccer journey to Rome later this spring, a transfer that Lemming expects to pay dividends in recruiting.
“Going to Rome was a stroke of genius as a result of the ballplayers adore it. Recruits see that and say, ‘Hey, the place are we going to go subsequent yr, London?’ Driving go-carts with youngsters, it sort of goes right down to their degree and it actually works whenever you’re recruiting. You all the time need to search for that edge and Harbaugh’s undoubtedly discovered the sting,” Lemming stated.
A lot of the Wolverines’ 2017 class is comprised of in-state gamers. That features the highest three gamers in Michigan and 6 of the highest ten general, in response to Rivals.com. Michigan State, then again, reeled in simply three of the highest ten recruits within the state.
“Proper now it’s that Harbaugh impact…