Michigan Commits Give Latest on Peppers

2014 U-M commits Wilton Speight & Jared Wangler give their insight on Jabrill Peppers situation and more. ***Read about it inside***

On Tuesday the Twitter world blew up when 2014 five-star prospect and Michigan commit Jabrill Peppers said he would be taking future official visits with the uncertainty of U-M coach Brady Hoke's future with the program.

Since then, Peppers has released a statement that says he is "100 percent committed" to the Wolverines but just wants to make sure Hoke is in the future plans if he stays committed.

"I am still 100 percent committed to the University of Michigan and that is the place where I want to go to college," Peppers said in a statement released through Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge. "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 (Ohio State, the Team Down South)."

Fellow 2014 Michigan commit Wilton Speight spoke with Peppers recently and gave his insight on the situation.

"I talked with Jabrill yesterday (Thursday) and he just wants to have a backup plan if something were to happen – which it will not," Speight said on the possibility of Peppers decomiiting. "He wants to see other parts of the country with his mom. But as far as I know, I don't think he is taking any other officials at this point. I think coach Hoke is going to try to talk to him. I am going to let that decision be between Jabrill and the coaching staff. … I truly don't think Jabrill is going anywhere."

Speight continued: "He's coming to Michigan. He's a ‘Michigan Man'. There is no reason for people to worry."

Peppers, along with the rest of the 2014 Michigan class communicate daily in a group chat. He told the rest of his future teammates that he is still committed and is looking at possible visit to UCLA, said 2014 linebacker commit Jared Wangler.

"When I first saw it (Peppers tweet), I was kind of worried," Wangler said. "But the whole class we talk every day. Jabrill explained it to us. He wants to go out (and see other schools). The only school he mentioned was UCLA. I feel like he wouldn't decommit from Michigan to go to UCLA. The way he explained it, he's never been to California and he wants to go visit out there. A free trip to California, I would take that too. I'm not as worried as it seems a lot people are, like all the people are on Twitter and stuff."

However, Wangler said if Peppers were to take other visits to notable programs who were recruiting Peppers before his commitment to Michigan -- then it would be a different story.

"If he set his officials for Alabama, Auburn or any SEC schools, Ohio State, Penn State, then I would be worried," Wangler said. "If it's just UCLA, I'm not worried about it if it is just them."

Michigan 2014 commits are scheduled to take their official visit to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Dec. 13. Peppers is scheduled to be one of the players in attendance. Speight said they plan to make him feel as comfortable as possible.

"He has yet to experience the family like environment that this group has," Speight said. "We have actually never met him in person. But we are just going to be ourselves. We always are. And he is going to see how cool and how fun it's going to be. Yeah, I got no worries."


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