Notre Dame Football: Jabrill Peppers
December, 30, 2013
As expected, Day 2 at the Under Armour All-America practices were smoother, more concise and much more productive. The players are now starting to think less and play more. Natural ability is starting to come to the forefront, which allows for them to be more productive. There have been fewer dropped passes, fewer misses by the QBs and the offensive lines are starting to jell quicker than expected. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this group is there have not been any true letdowns. They have stepped up and been as advertised almost top to bottom for both squads. Let’s hit the highlights of the day:
WR Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish): Sims might not wow anyone with his 40-yard dash time, but it may not matter. Sims is so similar to Mike Evans at Texas A&M. He just makes plays. He has extremely long arms and is outstanding when in contested matchups. The ball will look like it is uncatchable and then next thing you know he jumps out of nowhere, extends and makes a play and the defender is left scratching his head. When it comes down to it, the QBs for Team Highlight can trust that if they need to throw it up, Sims will make a play. The most basic thing about the position is catching the football and Sims has no problem doing that.
December, 29, 2013
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One thing is for sure for all the 2014 Under Armour All-Americans: This isn’t high school anymore. Day 1 is about gauging the competition. Some guys dive right in and some test the waters with their big toe, but by the end of the first day of practice, all those in attendance have a pretty good idea of where they stand and what they need to do to compete and get better.
Given that it is Day 1, the playbook is introduced (Team Nitro is going no huddle with wrist bands and limited plays), and there can be sloppy moments of indecision and uncertainty. With each rep, most, if not all, prospects began to get a better feel for what is expected. Most importantly, the center-quarterback exchanges were very good for the most part, which is generally the biggest worry. Upon completion of the first practice, here are some observations and things to look for over the week:
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November, 26, 2013
By Tom VanHaaren | ESPN.com
Michigan’s top ranked commitment in 2014, Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), tweeted on Tuesday about a change of plans.
Imma take a couple Officials after the season myself— Breezy (@JabrillPeppers) November 26, 2013
The No. 2-ranked prospect committed to the Wolverines on ESPN back in May. At the time LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers were among the schools he was considering. It now seems Peppers will be reevaluating schools.
This is significant because Michigan coach Brady Hoke and his staff have a no-visit policy for their commitments. Any prospect who commits to Michigan is not allowed to take other visits.
If a prospect does take a visit to a different program then they are no longer considered a Michigan commit. That doesn’t preclude the Michigan staff from still recruiting that prospect, it just means they are no longer committed to Michigan.
Peppers is a five-star prospect and badly needed in Ann Arbor, Mich., so this proves to be a bad situation for Hoke if these visits do come to fruition. Peppers, however, did state he is still committed to the Wolverines.
"I am still 100% committed to the University of Michigan and that is the place where I want to go to college," Peppers said. "With the rumors about Coach Hoke possibly not being there I need to make sure that I have options and have seen other places in case the University of Michigan decides to go in a different direction. For the sake of my future I need to make sure I have other options. No need to look into it any further! Go Blue and beat TDS."
Peppers’ high school coach, Chris Partridge, said he had not heard anything about the potential visits from his star athlete.
Here's what's on the horizon ...
- Joe McBride, the coach of ESPN 150 end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), tweeted Wednesday that Notre Dame has made the 13-school cut for Thomas .
- Notre Dame is one of roughly 30 schools in the hunt for ESPN 150 corner Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne), who is playing things close to the vest, our Damon Sayles writes.
- ESPN 150 linebacker Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra), son of former NFL player Bill Bates, is still taking a hard look at Notre Dame despite the Irish not being in his top five , our Derek Tyson writes.
- ESPN 150 receiver Saeed Blackwell (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan), who has the Irish in his top five, is motivated by the career-ending injury of his father, Chris , our Jared Shanker writes.
- ESPN 150 quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) breaks down to our Erik McKinney his top five, which includes Notre Dame .
- Shanker looks at where the Irish and several others go moving forward after missing out on five-star corner Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic).
- Interesting story from McKinney here on quarterback Keaton Dunsford (Santa Rosa, Calif./Cardinal Newman), whose only offer is from Harvard but mentions Notre Dame and others, given the backup options he has with his academics.
- The Irish are one of 22 programs to offer ESPN 150 athlete John "JuJu" Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly), who steers clear of the social media scene, our Blair Angulo writes.
Here's what's happening ...
- Notre Dame is up to No. 8 in ESPN's latest Class of 2014 recruiting rankings.
- Five-star defensive back Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), the No. 2 prospect in the country, will announce his college choice live on ESPNU on May 26, with LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers and Stanford as the finalists, our Tom VanHaaren writes.
- Expectations are back at Long Beach Poly, which boasts Class of 2015 receiver/defensive back Iman "Biggie" Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly), who has a Notre Dame offer, our Erik McKinney writes.
- Class of 2015 defensive end Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) was offered by Notre Dame last week, leaving him speechless, McKinney writes.
- Notre Dame is showing major interest in Class of 2015 prospect Hale Hentges (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias Catholic), but the question is if he's better served as a tight end or defensive end, our Damon Sayles writes.
On a day two former Notre Dame players found new destinations, let's take a look at who the program is pursuing.
- Class of 2015 offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) may visit Notre Dame this weekend, and he thinks the Irish may be close to offering , our Tom VanHaaren writes.
- ESPN Watch List athlete Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) has the Irish among his top schools , our Brad Bournival writes.
- ESPN Watch List running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) has a top five of Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Georgia and Notre Dame, and he will announce his choice April 26 at 4:30 on CFB Spring Blitz on ESPNU , our Derek Tyson writes.
- Class of 2014 tight end Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) likes Notre Dame, but the staff has told him it's not close to offering , our Jared Shanker writes.
- Notre Dame is one of seven schools to offer class of 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell (Saint Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham), and he plans on visiting the Irish again in the next two months , our Josh Moyer writes.