After Tuesday’s Nike Sparq challenge -- he walked away with a big trophy – and in the process became the first sophomore to win the coveted Nike award.
So, yeah, mission accomplished.
“It means a lot,” Peoples-Jones said on wining the award. “It’s something I worked hard for. It’s something that is highly cherished around the nation. I’m just blessed to win the award.”
Adding: “That was my goal to come out here and win it. I thought I could do it – and I did it.”
Peoples-Jones, who stars at wide receiver at Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, hasn’t been a slouch on the field either. With a humble approach, he has adapted well competing against the nations best at Nike’s world headquarters, he says.
“I’m just trying to compete with the best guys at an elite event,” he said. “I’m just trying to compete against some of the best guys in the country. I’m just out here competing.”
Michigan has been constant contact with People-Jones lately.
Peoples-Jones, who wants to major in sports medicine, took both of his parents on a hospital tour on U-M’s campus last month to checkout its medical facilities.
“It was good getting both my parents down at the same place at the University of Michigan,” Peoples-Jones said. “It went really well. We had a big tour on kind of the aspects outside of football. We got a more comfortable feel with Michigan. I enjoyed touring the hospital and all the medical affiliated associations.”
His latest visit to Ann Arbor, Peoples-Jones admits, has him feeling a little bit more comfortable with what coach Jim Harbaugh and his program have to offer.
“They are on the come up,” Peoples-Jones said of Michigan. “They have a whole new staff. I expect them to big things this year with coach Harbaugh and the addition of a whole new complete staff. I just hope to see coach Harbaugh and Coach [Jedd] Fisch get some things working around there.”
The biggest factor when to comes to Michigan – besides academics -- Peoples-Jones says, is U-M’s results on the field and where he could possibly fit in their offense in the long term.
“All that is going to factor in,” Peoples-Jones said, noting academics, Michigan’s win-loss record next season and playing early – all as factors. “I just consider all of that when I am considering Michigan. I got see how they develop their receivers; develop their athletes and how they use their athletes. I’m just pretty much excited to see how they do this year.”