Finally being able to move forward from the head coaching disaster of Rich Rodriquez, the University of Michigan football program made huge strides this past week when Paramus, N.J five star athlete Jabrill Peppers committed to play for the Wolverines in 2014. Pepper’s intent to sign signals a continuing step in the right direction for Head Coach Brady Hoke who was determined from the day he was hired to bring back the Michigan tradition that made the program the winningest in the history of college football.

The 6’1, 205 pound Peppers is the number three overall recruit on 247 Composite, but his commitment to Michigan is the highest for school since 2002. This marks Hoke’s continuing impact and success since coming to Ann Arbor three years ago when he brought in former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison who transformed, at that time FBS’s worst defense, to a respectful one in his first year. Since Mattison and Hoke’s arrival, the Wolverine defense has improved in every facet of the game. Mattison’s brings pro experience, creative defensive schemes, and passion for coaching football.  These characteristics are beginning to appeal to recruits in different states, especially in Ohio where the Wolverines have been unable to keep up with recruits signing with that team from Columbus.

In addition to Peppers achievements on the football field, he brings a 3.9 GPA to the classroom and inspires to be an orthopedic surgeon one day. Peppers certainly is going to help the Wolverines compete each Saturday, but his larger contribution is working to bring in other 5 star recruits to commit to the Maize and Blue.

It has been a long ride for Wolverine fans since 2007, but they are beginning to see, once again, Hoke’s influence and determination to get the University of Michigan back to the top as Big 10 and Rose Bowl champions.