Bosco's Peppers to be Major 2014 Recruit

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. – Just a rising sophomore, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) cornerback Jabrill Peppers is poised to be a top national recruit in the Class of 2014. The rising star holds two Division I verbal scholarship offers and spoke about his recruitment and skill-set after a Sunday scrimmage.

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. – An impressive freshman season with one of the best high schools in the nation tends to draw some attention. For Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), that is cornerback Jabrill Peppers.

The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback, that also plays running back, receiver, safety and special teams, picked up two verbal scholarship offers and will be one of the top overall prospects in the Class of 2014.

Rutgers and South Carolina initiated contact with Peppers during his freshman season and have both extended verbal offers.

"They're both looking at me first," Peppers said. "They both gave me the shot. Obviously I'm going to keep them both at the top of my list when that starts to happen down the road."

Rutgers already has two of Peppers' teammates from last year's state-championship team in Gary Nova and Paul Canevari and is in constant contact with many members of the Bosco roster.

Peppers said the majority of his contact with Rutgers comes through head coach Greg Schiano, but that he also knows defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley.

"I've visited Rutgers before and I really like it there," Peppers said. "I went with some of the older people on the team. It reminds me a lot of Bosco and if I went there, I'd have a ton of teammates to play with like Leonte [Carroo] and Gary Nova and maybe more guys."

With South Carolina, Peppers said his contact is minimal. The majority of his knowledge about the school is watching the Gamecocks on television and what he hears from teammate Elijah Shumate, who has USC in his final six along with Rutgers.

"I haven't really talked to them, but they've been in contact with my mom and my coaches," Peppers said. "I know who some of their players are. That's top talent."

As a member of Don Bosco Prep, Peppers is used to playing in the spotlight, he said. He turned heads last season as a cornerback when he picked off St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) quarterback and West Virginia commit Brandon Napoleon and returned it for a 95-yard touchdown.

Along with cornerback, Peppers said he will play safety, running back, receiver and special teams for Don Bosco and that he is unsure of his projected position at the college level.

"I'm pretty comfortable playing whatever position they put me at," he said. "It was surprising how good we are [in our first scrimmage]. Playing each other, we're playing top level players on both sides of the ball. We go at it. Sometimes our side loses and sometimes we win, but when you put it all together against an opponent, it's impossible to stop."

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