New Jersey native Jabrill Peppers has earned a 5-star rating and number overall national prospect rating according to rivals. Numerous colleges have been courting Peppers, however it's been stated that Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama are all in contention to land Peppers. Peppers is a physical specimen who is possibly the most versatile athlete in the nation.
Peppers has been a member of championship football teams since his freshman year at former national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ). He garnered national attention by contributing his freshman year at cornerback and earning All-American accolades in track and football. Peppers success on the gridiron continued into his sophomore year. For personal reasons Peppers decided to transfer to Paramus Catholic (Paramus, NJ). Paramus Catholic had once been a strong program, but had fallen in recent times. The introduction of Peppers brought a new outlook to the program. He led the Paladins to a state title and immediately put PC football back on the map.
Peppers is commended for his durability and versatility. He has performed well at the corner, safety, and running back. Peppers tallied 1,552 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Teams salivate over his potential to make an impact at numerous spots, however it seems that he may be best fit for the secondary.
All the football factors are there. At 6'1'' 210 lbs., Peppers is physically gifted and has the build to play numerous positions. His speed is prime and his instincts are almost unparalleled. He has played top notch out of state competition during his tenure at Don Bosco Prep and has even faced formidable foes in New Jersey.
Alabama may be the best fit for a physical player like Peppers. He can fit the mold of a Crimson Tide defensive back and follow in the footsteps of those before him. He has excellent upper body strength to jam receivers at the line. His speed will allow him to play the deep ball, while his agility will come into play when breaking on shorter routes. His physical standing and instinct will also prove worthy against the run. A player like Peppers can prove to be worthy in the return game or specific designed offensive packages as well.
Personality wise, Alabama seems to mesh well Peppers. He has been a champion for the last three years, and doesn't seem to want to end the trend anytime soon. Coach Saban expects nothing less than a champion's attitude from his players, and Peppers is equipped with such an attitude and work ethic to succeed. He has great options, however to further his career and set himself up for future success, Alabama seems to be the best route.