Jabrill Peppers is the No. 1 cornerback and No. 3 overall prospect in the Rivals150. After a dominant senior season in which he racked up 57 solo tackles and four interceptions, Peppers, a Michigan signee, was named All-USA Defensive Player of the Year; the perfect ending for a player who has won four state titles. Peppers has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his budding music career in a blog.
What’s up everybody!
I know it’s been a while since my last blog and a lot has happened since then. I actually graduated last week. It was a surreal feeling; between a “wow” feeling of knowing that I’m finally done with high school and knowing that this is just another stepping stone on the road to getting where I want to be.
Now I just want to get up there to Michigan and ball out and go as hard as I can so I can help the team win. I go to Michigan on June 21 and I can’t even describe to you how excited I am about getting down there.
I took a couple days off after my track season finished up just to hang out with my family and relax. Now I’m back on the grind. I’m surrounded by a great deal of talent every week. We all come out and do a lot of one-on-one drills, 7-on-7 drills and things like that.
Y’all already know I’m working on staying lean and getting my 40-time down even more. Coming into my junior year I was running a 4.41 then I ran a 4.38, but most recently I ran a 4.32 so I’m getting better.
Speed kills and you can’t really teach speed. It’s a dangerous weapon to have on the field, and I plan to use that every chance I get.
I just want to be as prepared as possible going into my freshman year because I know a lot will be expected from me. I’ve always had that, but I always say, “To whom much is given much is required.”
I’m not going into Michigan thinking about expectations or worrying about doing certain things to live up to expectations. I know there’s a huge transition from high school to college and I’m just going in focusing on learning the defensive schemes. Once you understand the schemes and the plays you can just play without worrying about making a mistake.
I’m not trying to go in there to be the next Charles Woodson. It’s a nice comparison, but, at the end of the day, that’s Charles. That’s one of the best college football players ever. I haven’t done anything yet.
I just want to be the best Jabrill I can be. I’m focused on that. I’m not nervous, I’m not overthinking it, I’m just ready. I’ve worked my whole life for this; how can you be nervous for something you worked your whole life for?
I think we’ll be a lot better than we were last year because we were such a young team last year and those guys took their lumps and gained a lot of experience. We have a lot of talent with players like Jake Ryan, who’s leading the defense; then we’ve got Raymon Taylor and Blake Countess, who I think are gonna do their thing this year. Plus we’ve got Jordan Lewis, Jarrod Wilson, Dymonte Thomas, Taco Charlton… We’re gonna be all right!
I’m not trying to say that we’re gonna win the Big Ten title or anything; coming from the season we just had we’re still trying to find ourselves and trying to gel as a team.
I do think our fans will see a lot of improvement. I think the fans have a lot to be excited about. We’re gonna let our play speak for itself.
As for my music, I’m thinking about putting a few more songs out at some point. I have a lot of songs that I can drop at any time; I don’t know why I haven’t put them out yet. I just want to wait on the right time.
For now, I’m focused on being 100 percent ready for Michigan football and going down there and getting adjusted to college life. Once I feel like I’ve adjusted pretty well and I have downtime after the season or whatever I’ll get back on that music grind.
OK my people this is gonna be my last blog, but I want to thank y’all for tuning into to Breezy’s World!
Next time you’ll see me it’ll be in a Michigan uniform and I plan to represent it well for you guys!
Follow Jabrill Peppers on Twitter: @JabrillPeppers