ANN ARBOR, Mich. – He’s only been on campus for a few weeks, but early enrollee Michigan freshman wide receiver Tarik Black is already seeing the fruits of his labor.
That’s right, at 6-foot-4, 206-pounds, Black says he’s already “stronger, faster, and more explosive” and his overall game has already taken its next step.
And luckily, he says, he’s had a pretty good workout partner to practice with as well. And that workout partner so happens to be his roommate, Donovan Peoples-Jones, who like Black, enrolled early this January as part of Michigan’s 2017 class.
“We do work out together, we got to (Schembechler Hall) all the time to catch with the jugs machine cone drills and stuff like that,” Black said of Peoples-Jones, his workout partner. “So we’re always together. We’re always working out together just to push each other and make each other better.”
Peoples-Jones, who was rated the No. 1 overall WR by Scout.com and a five-star prospect, has also lived up to his high grades from recruiting services, says Black.
“I think everything those scouting reports says is absolutely true,” Black said. “He can do it all. He’s very athletic, runs great routes, great hands – he can just do everything on the field. Anything you tell him to do, he’ll do.”
With Peoples-Jones rated a five-star, the rest of U-Ms class of receivers, including Black, Oliver Martin, Nico Collins and Brad Hawkins, all received a four-star rating, which on paper makes this one of U-M’s best WR hauls in class history.
However, Black says, he’s not reading too much into the hype.
“Just to keep a level head,” Black said. “They can believe that, we believe that as well. We still got to go out there and prove it. We just want to continue to work hard and just get better everyday.”
And by working everyday, Black says he’s already started to practice with a certain U-M quarterback.
“We had a chance to throw with Brandon Peters,” Black said, adding: “He’s really good He’s a great quarterback. He’s very accurate, strong arm, I like what I see.”