DETROIT -- Earlier this month, Donovan Peoples-Jones used his social-media Twitter account as a voice in his opposition of the NCAA’s recent ruling that banned satellite camps effective immediately.
The ruling caused major feedback on Twitter, with college and high school players alike tweeting their opposition to the NCAA”s ruling with the slogan “#ChangeNCAA.”
In January, at the time, Peoples-Jones released his top-10 schools in alphabetical order, which included: Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC. And after a recent trip to Florida State, Peoples-Jones has since added the ‘Noles to his now top-11.
Ironically, though, seven of Peoples-Jones’ schools hail from conferences whose commissioners voted against satellite camps. So, has that caused Peoples-Jones to think otherwise on schools hailing from the SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12?
Well, not necessarily Peoples-Jones said in an interview with The Michigan Insider today.
“I was told the commissioners of the league, like the SEC, the Big Ten, the Pac-12, they voted on it, not individually the schools,” Peoples-Jones said. “I really don’t have too much information to comment on it right now. All I can really do is talk to the coaches and see who is telling me the truth.”
Moving forward, however, Peoples-Jones says his plan it still check out his remaining top 11 schools.
“Every school in my top 10 fits my initial standards,” Peoples-Jones said. “Which is I can see myself there academically, athletically, and they all fit my environment to play at. That was my initial cut of my top 10, I added Florida State in there. I don’t know who they will replace. Maybe they won’t replace anybody. But those top 11 are the ones that are standing out. I’m trying to visit all those to gain as much knowledge as I can.”
Upcoming, Peoples-Jones says he will be attending Michigan State for its annual spring game this Saturday.
“It’s the spring game, I know a lot of guys playing,” Peoples-Jones said of MSU. “I really just want to get up and see what they are doing. Guys like Donnie (Corley) and Tyriq (Thompson), who are from this area. It just want to see how they are doing and assist them.”
This past Saturday, Peoples-Jones took in visit to Notre Dame for its annual spring game, and had this to say about the Irish.
“It was interesting. They had a lot of good academic factors they were telling me about,” Peoples-Jones said. “Again, that was a school that I know people at. Daelin (Hayes), Khalid (Kareem), really makes me more comfortable at all these schools when I have people that I know there. I can talk to them. I don’t have to listen to the coaches or academic advisor is telling me, I can get the real information from the real people. So that definitely makes a difference with all schools.”
For more on Peoples-Jones, look for part two of The Michigan Insiders interview coming soon.