Peoples-Jones talks 'competitive' Army practices

Donovan Peoples-Jones discusses the competition he is facing during Army bowl practice.

Story by Eugene Hankerson

The most high profile Michigan commitment in San Antonio for the Army All-American Bowl is undoubtedly five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.  The talented in-state product says the week of action has brought a challenge when the best in the country converge in high profile events like this.

He is also pleased with the way things are going.

“Things have been going really well so far," Peoples-Jones said. "It’s a great group of guys out here, it’s very competitive, and we’re out here having fun.”

College football prospects always see and hear things written about each other, but the ability to put a name with a face is something Peoples-Jones seems to enjoy.

“I think all my relationships have increased just being around these guys," he said. "We all have the same goal in mind, we all share some of the same characteristics.”  

When lined up versus defenders in practice, People-Jones loves his odds. Just like in his high school career, if he's not double-teamed, the opposing defense is in trouble. That's something he hopes can translate to the collegiate level. For now, 1-on-1 with an opposing defensive back is something he'll take every time.

“1-on-1’s are good, it’s always fun to compete against someone else," he said. "Me versus someone else, I’ll take that every time”  

The Cass Tech star would love to be a starter in the game Saturday, but feels he ultimately controls his own destiny”.

“I think that will be decided by me," he admitted. "They can say, he can come here and start from day one but if I don’t show up and play, I don’t deserve to start”.

At this point, People-Jones has been talking with those close to him instead of attempting to build relationships with Michigan recruiting targets.

“I talk to the guys I’m close with from Detroit.  I’m cool with a couple guys”.

The five star Michigan commitment knows how draining his recruitment process was, and does not want that same pressure on his friend Najee Harris.

“I have no idea.  I think Najee is a guy like me.  I didn’t know where I was going maybe until a couple hours before I committed.  I don’t want to say he’s going there or here because he probably doesn’t know like I did.  I’m probably just going to leave him alone.  We’re really cool though.  I’ve seen him at multiple camps, so we have a good relationship.  My advice to him is to go with his gut feeling.  To go to the best place for him”.

If Peoples-Jones did not picked Michigan at his announcement last month, it appears he would've likely been heading down south. As Ohio State and Florida State lurked close behind.  With his college decision out of the way, People-Jones has his sights set on Ann Arbor.

“I’m very excited," he said. "My parents are excited and fully support me. I’m not going to set all these expectations, I’m going to go in there and see where I’m needed.  Just play my best.”

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