Peoples-Jones Talks MVP, Upcoming U-M Visit

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones talks upcoming visits and more.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When it's all said and done, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech's 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones tested better than everyone else at Nike's The Opening Regional on Sunday, walking away with Camp MVP in the SPARQ testing given to the top athlete in attendance.

"Coming out of track season I wanted to come out here and run a good forty," he said after running a 4.45 forty in the testing. "I think I think my forty was OK. I could've run faster jumped a little higher, run a little farther."

That type of athleticism is why top schools are lining down the block to get Peoples-Jones to become part of their 2017 class.

"USC, Florida, Stanford and Alabama are some schools that are emerging lately," he said, along with his other notable offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

And with all these schools coming on as of late, Peoples-Jones is approaching his recruitment with maturity beyond his years.

"I have to make the best decision for me," he said. "A lot of these schools have great things and great things for me. But at the end of the day I have to make my decision according to what I want to go to. Whether that be the academics, the environment, the location, athletic programs, I have to make the best decision for me."

While Peoples-Jones is looking at multiple factors when it comes to his top school, he says he has two distinct things he is looking for in a program.

"I have two major things," he said. "I want to go to a school with a great medicine program. I want to play with the best athletes. If I am saying I want to play with the best athletes, I want to get coaches by the best coaches who can develop me to my potential."

Talking Wolverines

Peoples-Jones will one of eight of the top sophomores on Michigan's campus on Tuesday, when U-M plays host to the top 2017 prospects from the Great Lakes state. It will give Peoples-Jones to keep building his "relationship" with the Michigan coaching staff.

"I definitely want to keep developing my relationship with the coaches," he said. "Coach Harbaugh, Coach Fisch, Coach Partridge, Coach Tyrone Wheatley, I have always had a good relationship with him. Going up there on the second I just want to be around their experience.

"They are going to have 2017s there, so I can sort of kind of gauge who I could play with as well as some of the commits. I know there is one commit going up there, Carter Dunaway, I want to talk to him and build my relationship with him. I just want to hang out and have fun."

How big is it for you to see how Michigan does this next season?

"It's real big," he said. "Great coaches coming in. A whole new complete new staff. I expect to see some change."

So the results on the field is going to play a factor when it comes to looking at Michigan?

"Definitely," he said. "Not only that, but how the receivers coach develops his receivers. The DB coach develops his DB's. Jourdan Lewis, I want to see what they do with him and Jabrill Peppers. They are great athletes, I just want to see how much they develop those guys."


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