Pepper Wins Title, Talks Recruiting

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Paramus (N.J.) Catholic five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers won his fourth straight title, and then spoke to about the status of his Michigan commitment and which other schools are in contention...

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers ended his senior season like his other three, walking off the field at Met Life Stadium as a state champion with the backdrop of questions about his recruitment.

Peppers, who is committed to Michigan, caused a stir a few weeks ago when he said he was still "100 percent" committed to the Wolverines but he may take a few other official visits.

After a 13-6 win against rival Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, the same feeling held true. He added UCLA, Penn State and Alabama, to a lesser extent, were possible destinations for trips but he also said he expected to be with the Wolverines.

"I'm 100 percent still a Michigan man," the 6-foot, 210-pound Peppers said as he left the field. Peppers wrapped up his fourth state title – two with Paramus Catholic, two with Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep – and did so on a day Michigan assistants Roy Manning and Darrell Funk stopped by the school to see him.

"It was just regular conversation," Peppers said. "They were talk about the game, recruits, guys coming back to the team, how we're looking next year. It was nothing along the lines of me taking visits anywhere or anything along those lines."

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has an in-home visit set with Peppers for Sunday, but the two expected to talk today.

"I will definitely call coach Hoke and talk it up," Peppers said. "The (assistant) coaches were here and they got to see what I wanted them to see; a guy that will never quit, a guy that will help his team any way possible.

"My only planned official visit is Michigan right now. That might be my only visit."

That trip is next weekend with teammate and fellow Michigan commit Juwan Bushell-Beatty, and it will give Peppers the chance to return to campus for the first time in a few months.

However, he's not heading to Ann Arbor to see anything out of the norm, or to receive a special message.

"Basically, it's to see regular ‘ol Michigan," he said. "I miss it. I just want to chop it up with the coaches, just have fun and enjoy myself. That's it. That's all."

In describing the attention he received this week as the contact period opened up, Peppers said "a couple schools talked to me, but nothing to serious."

Aside from the Wolverines, Peppers discussed the other schools he is talking to, but he didn't go in-depth on any of them.

"I know UCLA, Alabama, Penn State …those are the main three right now," Peppers said. " ‘Bama is a little bit. That's a little wishy washy."

However, on Friday he just wanted to enjoy the moment.

"I just want to celebrate with my team," Peppers said. "They'll remember this for the rest of their lives. I've been here before, but I'm so happy and so proud of the seniors. They showed tremendous resiliency."

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