'14 Star CB Peppers Sees Recruitment Take Off

Since the start of the spring evaluation period, Paramus Catholic (N.J.) 2014 prospect Jabrill Peppers has officially become a known commodity to the top Division I programs in the country. Peppers added three big verbal offers in the last week and expects to receive many more as he settles into his new school and prepares for his junior season.

Nearly a lock to be a five-star recruit in the Class of 2014, Paramus Catholic (N.J.) cornerback Jabrill Peppers officially saw his recruitment take off with the start of the spring evaluation period.

Peppers saw his offer list double in the last week, picking up huge offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State while the school took swings into New Jersey.

"I'm expecting it to pick up even more down the line once more schools come in and watch my training," Peppers said. "I'm not worrying about it. I know it's going to work out and I'm just excited for what's ahead."

Peppers referred to Michigan as a childhood favorite in an interview with Scout.com and is very familiar with Notre Dame because of relationships at his previous school. Peppers transferred to Paramus Catholic this semester after three semesters at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).

A former teammate and close friend, safety Elijah Shumate, signed with the Fighting Irish this year.

"That's one of the best things I've heard in a while," Peppers said on Notre Dame. "[A Notre Dame offer] is a big deal. If they're recruiting you, then pretty much everyone is recruiting you. ... I watch their games a lot and really like the program. They've been talking with my coach a lot, so I know they're interested."

In two years at Don Bosco, Peppers played a key role in a pair of undefeated seasons as a star running back and cornerback.

But looking for a change from the Don Bosco lifestyle, Peppers transferred to Paramus Catholic and said that he loves it.

"I'm very comfortable because I know a lot of the people here already," Peppers said. "It was kind of weird because the guys only knew me from football. But once they got to know me, it was a whole different story. They accepted me and they pretty much see me as one of the guys. It's been nothing but good."

In recruiting, Peppers has been aware of verbal offers from Rutgers and South Carolina for more than a year. He has not heard much from the Gamecocks since changing schools, he said, but Rutgers continues to show interest.

"I heard a lot from Rutgers when I was at Bosco," Peppers said. "I really like Rutgers because it's close to home and they have a family [belief] system in there. I know a lot of the guys there and they tell me they like it."

Peppers said that of his offers and schools showing interest, Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame, California, USC, Texas and Rutgers are standing out as very early favorites.

"If Texas offers, you know you're a special player because Texas never offers anybody from Jersey that I know of," Peppers said, hoping to hear more from the Longhorns. "They didn't even offer [five-star defensive lineman] Darius Hamilton. If I get an offer from Texas, that's really something."

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