Peoples-Jones Talks Michigan, 'Bond' W/Harris

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech's Donovan Peoples-Jones reflects on his latest Michigan visit and his friendship with 5-star RB Najee Harris.

DETROIT – On Saturday, Donovan Peoples-Jones made his way up to Michigan’s campus to see the Wolverines in action against Big Ten foe Penn State.

An Opportunity, he says, for him to see some of his former Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech teammates like Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill and Michael Onwenu suit in action for U-M.

“Really, I went to the game to watch people I know, former Cass Tech people, former players out of Detroit,” Peoples-Jones said of U-M’s 49-10 victory. “I had a fun time watching them and hanging out with those guys.”

And while Peoples-Jones says he was paying attention to U-M’s offense, he admits he was mostly focused on connecting with players and coaches during his visit.

“They’ve been playing better,” Peoples-Jones said of Michigan’s offense. ”Really, just focusing on my season, I’m not really focusing on recruiting, I just wanted to go up there and have fun time with the coaches and players that I know.”

Moving forward, Peoples-Jones says his plan is to take official visits to Florida and Florida State, though no dates have been scheduled. He has already taken an official visit to Nebraska. He has not set any further visits.

But will he come back to Michigan for another trip?

“I’m trying to visit the schools I know people at,” Peoples-Jones said. “I’ve been to Michigan. I know a lot of at Michigan State. I know a lot of peoples at Ohio State, like local kids from Detroit. I really want to get to know them. We have the closest bonds. They can tell me more than any coach can tell me about the program. We grew up together, they’re going to keep it honest with me.”

Najee Harris is also on Michigan’s radar, though he’s committed to Alabama, the five-star running back is now considered one of Peoples-Jones’ friends, as they have met multiple times at various recruiting events and college visits.

“We first met each other at USC’s camp, I think about two years ago,” Peoples-Jones said of Harris. “Then we ran into each other at The Opening again my junior year. We were both underclassman at that event.”

Peoples-Jones said they met a more events throughout this year, including at The Opening in July and most recently at Michigan’s recruiting barbecue in early August.

“Yeah, we’ve definitely developed a bond and a good relationship,” Peoples-Jones said of Harris, adding: “When we see each other we stay in contact with each other, but when he’s in Cali he’s in Cali, when I’m in Michigan I’m in Michigan.”

Peoples-Jones even noted that his mother stays in contact with Harris’ mom.  

“Yes, she actually does talk to Mrs. Harris,” Peoples-Jones said.

Adding: “I really don’t go too much into the details (of their conversation). I know we’ve been blessed to be in this position. They’ve probably met each other at previous events and kind of continued that relationship.”

That being said, Peoples-Jones says he plans to announce his top-five after his senior season, then make his commitment known before enrolling early in January.

“My plan is to cut down and make a top-five,” Peoples-Jones said. “Evaluate those top-five really hard, enroll early in January.”

As of right now, Peoples-Jones says he has not decided on his announcement date.


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