Peoples-Jones: Michigan Offer is 'Special'

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones talks Michigan offer, how he received it, where U-M stands now and more.

Donovan Peoples-Jones has been coming to Michigan’s campus since before he stepped on a high school football field.

On Tuesday, the Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech sophomore wide receiver made his latest trip to Ann Arbor. And after spending a some quality time with the U-M coaching staff during the Michigan basketball game, the four-star standout received his offer to play football for the University of Michigan.

“When we first got there we met Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and did all the festivities they wanted us to do,” Peoples-Jones said. “During halftime Coach Harbaugh pulled me over and basically said, ‘You know you have a scholarship with me right now.’ Hearing it come from him and not someone else just means it was very special coming from him. All that he’s been through and the success that he’s made, it was just very special.”

Now that he finally has his Michigan offer, Peoples-Jones admits it has made him look at U-M differently now.

“It’s changed things,” Peoples-Jones said. “I never looked down upon them because they haven’t offered me yet. They were there from the start. The first school showing me interest. Not that type of thing. Whether they offered me or not. Now it’s just getting up there and starting to build a new relationship with the new coaches.”

And Peoples-Jones is more than willing to come back and check out a spring practice or U-M’s annual spring game on April 4.

“In an event that they invite me to it that I would want to come it, yeah, I would love to come to anything, spring ball, spring game, any other recruiting event,” Peoples-Jones said. “Anything that can get me on campus and get me acclimated with the coaches there in Ann Arbor, and just show me everything that they got.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder, says he would also like to check out the other things Michigan has to offer, too.

“First of all, I would probably check out their academic side of things,” Peoples-Jones said. “Now that the offer is there you can probably start getting more realistic and dive into the academic culture, academic world to see where I fit in. See what I might try to study. What I have to do to get there academically. After that, just talk with receivers of Michigan and see how they like it. See how everything has been going with them. Then talk with the head coach, the position coaches and then just anything that they thing that I need to know, learn that.”

Currently, Peoples-Jones holds notable offers from Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State among others. He has already been on campus visits to OSU, MSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Miami (Fla.) and N.C. State. He has planned visits to LSU, Florida and Tennessee this spring-summer.


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