2014 Star Peppers Looks Toward Recruiting

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Midway through his high school career, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) athlete Jabrill Peppers is already shaping up to be a top recruit in the country. The Class of 2014 superstar has two verbal scholarship offers and spoke about the beginning of his college recruitment.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Don Bosco Prep 2014 running back and cornerback Jabrill Peppers holds two verbal scholarship offers and is still nine months away from when colleges can initiate contact.

Peppers learned of verbal scholarship offers from Rutgers and South Carolina through his head coach, Greg Toal, and said he expects to pick up more now that his sophomore season is complete.

"The coaches told me they think a bunch more are coming," Peppers said. "I know I have Rutgers and South Carolina, but there might be more already. All I can do now is stay humble and work hard to keep getting my name out there."

South Carolina remains unfamiliar territory for Peppers, he said, but he is familiar and comfortable with Rutgers.

"I like the coaches," Peppers said of Rutgers. "It's right here. My family can watch me play. I like the facilities and, not to mention, they've got a lot of Bosco guys already and more coming. And they give freshmen a shot. That's huge for me."

Rutgers freshmen Gary Nova and Paul Canevari played with Peppers at Don Bosco last season. Along with Peppers, six other current Bosco players hold written or verbal scholarship offers from Rutgers, including receiver commit Leonte Carroo.

"Leonte is already on me," Peppers said. "And I wouldn't be surprised if even more Bosco guys will be at Rutgers."

Peppers totaled 1,004 yards and 22 touchdowns in his sophomore season as a running back. At cornerback, Peppers started alongside four-star senior Yuri Wright.

"I don't know, but I'm not worried about it," Peppers said on what position he would play in college." I just want to play early and make big plays."

Peppers went for 71 yards on 13 attempts in the state championship game last week against Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) and iced the game with a 36-yard run into the MetLife Stadium end zone.

"To think about the other guys that have scored here — LaDainian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes, ,Brandon Jacobs — it's just amazing," Peppers said while signing autographs after the game. "It's an honor to be a part of this team, of Don Bosco. There's no other way to say it."

Peppers has no specific offseason plans, he said, but is interested in attending college camps and combines in addition to running spring track with teammates Carroo and Elijah Shumate.

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