HIS RECRUITING STORY:
Donovan Peoples-Jones has been a household name since his freshman season at Detroit Cass Tech. As his career unfolded before our eyes, his recruitment heated up all the way till the end. Of course, he didn’t tell anyone who was committing to. No, instead, DPJ selected his Michigan ball cap on national television, as U-M’s coaches, and even his parents, all found out for the first time. It was truly one of the more dramatic commitments in recruiting history, because truly nobody knew – and it worked out for U-M in the end.
"Exceptional athlete with above-average size, but top notch speed, explosiveness and outstanding leaping ability. Shows the ability to make tough grabs downfield with defenders on him, and has excellent body control and ball tracking skills. Must still get stronger and continue to polish his route-running, but has all of the physical tools to be a go-to receiver in college.” – National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
WHY DPJ CHOSE MICHIGAN?
"Michigan fit every need that I wanted," Peoples-Jones said, who chose the Wolverines over fellow finalist Michigan State, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State.
And he listed his top reasons for his commitment to U-M.
"First was academics," Peoples-Jones said. "Everyone knows about Michigan academics, there is a lot they have planned for me there, and a lot that awaits in the future. Secondly, I want to play with the best. I believe Jim Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in college football and I really think he can develop me into the receiver that I want to be. Third, I wanted to be in a comfortable environment. I really don't think that any college town is better than Ann Arbor and I'm ready to be at the University of Michigan."
Peoples-Jones finished his career rated the No. 1 overall WR in the country and was a certified five-star stud. He really was that good, capping off his high school career leading Cass Tech to an undefeated season and another Division 1 state championship. With graduation of Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, U-M’s starting roles are up for grabs, and with DPJ already enrolled in classes, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s a starter from day one. There is certainly a lot of hype with DPJ, but his play backs it up, and Michigan fans will soon find out how truly special and athletic he truly is in the coming years.