DETROIT – The 2016 high school football season has started, and Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech is already off to a hot start.
Cass (2-0) is led by star 2017 wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who is rated the top prospect from the state of Michigan, and is hopeful to lead the Technicians to state title in his final high school campaign.
“We’ve pretty much just been worried about execution and our tempo right now,” Peoples-Jones said. “It’s kind of hard with the teams we’ve been playing these past few weeks, but we can’t let up, we got to keep playing our game and prepare for the next team.”
Peoples-Jones has been preparing for his big college decision too.
Rated a four-star prospect, Peoples-Jones went on his first official visit this past weekend to checkout a Nebraska home game and more.
“First time in Lincoln, it went well,” Peoples-Jones said. “I really like Coach Williams the receiver coach. I really like the staff there. What stood out to me was their sports science program. I haven’t seen one like Nebraska’s sports science program. Just talking about all the biomechanics, injury prevention, it was a lot they went to depth about that. That was pretty nice.
Adding: “And I didn’t know about the All American academic honor that their football team members and really the whole sports team, they’re the head of NCAA in academic All Americans.”
With four more official visits to go, Peoples-Jones says his plan is to announce his top-five or six schools shortly after his senior season concludes, and will make his commitment known in December.
In early August, Peoples-Jones took in another trip to Michigan’s campus, this time for their annual recruiting barbecue event. While he’s been to U-M’s barbecue event before, this time it was different being a senior prospect, he said.
“I think from the previous years I wasn’t as dominant as a prospect,” Peoples-Jones said. “Coming out in my senior year all the attention is now on me. It’s a little bit different, got to focus in on really what matters the most, I only got a couple more months to decide, (and) really it’s gone fast, it really has.
“I’m proud of it, I wouldn’t ask for anything more. But it’s time to focus in on what matters most and that’s going to be my decision.”
Is there anything else Peoples-Jones would like to learn about Michigan? Well, he didn’t dive into anything specific with the program, but did note something he’s looking for from each school in his recruitment.
“Every time I visit any school in particular, I learn something more,” he said. “I become more acquainted with the program. Every time I get a chance to talk to the players on the team, former players, head coach, it just gives me a better perspective.”
Peoples-Jones has reported before that intends on using his official visit to schools outside his general area, and is still being heavily recruited by Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame, even though no official visit will be taken to those programs.