City: Paramus, NJ
High School: Paramus Catholic
Key Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford
Though most rankings have yet to be tallied, as of press time, Peppers looks to be a consensus top-15 recruit nationally. Virtually all of the top programs have offered the New Jersey prospect, and those that haven't likely refrained only because they believed they had no chance. Peppers' profile is one of a high school athlete who projects to be an impact player very early in his college career.
Jabrill Peppers possesses elite talent that allows him to be a top prospect at any number of positions. He consistently shows the high-end skills that are conducive to great play at cornerback, safety, running back, and receiver. While there may be players in the class with more straight-away speed, Peppers is very close to the top, showing excellent acceleration and the ability to maintain speed on long runs and when changing direction. At running back, his vision and instincts combine with his cutback skills and acceleration to repeatedly create huge plays. He finds the hole well and once he hits it, he is able to react to aggressive defenders with quick, dead-leg cutbacks out of which he quickly accelerates to get back to top speed. When defenders are wary of the cutbacks, Peppers shows that he has an extra gear to beat angles and outrun defenders to the end zone. One less-touted but notable aspect of his game is his strength. His solid build contributes to his ability to pull out of tackles, which is a common theme throughout his video and eye-opening given tough competition that he faces.
Peppers' play on both sides of the ball reveals his ball skills. On offense, he is dangerous coming out of the slot for screens and plays down the seams. While the screen passes tend to show of more of his skills as a runner, the longer pass plays reveal that he is adept to adjusting to the ball in the air and timing his leap when necessary. That skill meshes well with his concentration to provide for some very impressive receptions and interceptions.
Finally, Peppers shows on video to be a very tough player and a violent tackler. If he does, as most expect, end up on the defensive side of the ball, his reaction skills could place him in the role of a top-end cornerback. However, his willingness and ability to strike and his blitzing competence could make Peppers an excellent safety, given that he is already around six feet tall and 200 pounds, or a corner who could master the nickelback role when necessary. He closes well on run plays and does so with a purpose, making him an all-around football player well worthy of his gaudy offer list.
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