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May 26, 2013

Decision Day for Peppers

At long last, the big day for Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive back Jabrill Peppers is here. The five-star is expected to commit to Michigan this afternoon. Stay here for all the information you need on Peppers' pending decision.

5 stars The Jabrill Peppers File

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Peppers the Player: Take one look at the film, and it's easy to see why Jabrill Peppers is so highly coveted. Rarely are defensive backs as athletic as the No. 2 player in the nation is, and it's even more rare that one with Peppers' combination of skills also happens to stand 6-1, 210 pounds.

Also in the mix: Michigan took the lead after a spring visit to Ann Arbor. He canceled a visit to Stanford, and reportedly never took his "surprise" visit to Penn State last weekend. Rutgers, the home state school, is also a possible contender. Such national powers as Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, and Notre Dame have been crossed of the list in the past few months.

How Michigan would use him: Michigan fans have seen a Jabrill Peppers-like player in the winged helmet before: he's strikingly similar to former U-M Heisman trophy winner Charles Woodson. While it would be unfair to expect any high school player to live up to the career that Woodson had, Peppers' combination of size and athleticism should see him play prominently as a cornerback, and eventually earn some run on offense and special teams, as well.

Peppers' announcement will be televised live at 5:15 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU. He will make the selection from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., and it's widely believed that Michigan will be the choice.

Should he opt to don the Maize and Blue cap, Peppers would be the highest-ranked recruit to commit to Michigan in the recorded history of recruiting. Quarterbacks Drew Henson (1998) and Ryan Mallett (2007), both ranked No. 4, are the previous highs. A pledge from Peppers would add 233 points to Michigan's team recruiting rankings, vaulting U-M from eighth to fourth.

PODCAST: The Wolverine's Tim Sullivan chats with Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell about Peppers' pending decision.

Would a commitment from Peppers assist Michigan in reeling in more top-ranked recruits? While he doesn't have a direct connection to Woodbridge (Va.) defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, the internet age of recruiting provides plenty of opportunities for to players to interact. 2014 Michigan pledges like Michael Ferns and Wilton Speight have worked hard to help lure top talent to join them, and Peppers is likely to add to that effort.

While Peppers would be a huge addition to Michigan's 2014 recruiting class, one man does not make or break the group. He joins not only Ferns and Speight, but seven other 2014 pledges, in a group that is expected to range from 16-20 eventual signees. The talent already in Michigan's class - and that which is yet to join the fold - will come together to contend for tops in the nation, especially if Peppers does the expected and picks U-M this afternoon.

Discuss Peppers' upcoming commitment in the official thread on The Fort.

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