Five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones has narrowed down his recruitment and will announce his commitment on Thursday. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver will end up.
It’s officially Christmas time, or Chanukah time … or time for whichever holiday you take part in. The point is one lucky team is going to end up with the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is set to announce his commitment on Thursday. The 5-star recruit from Detroit, Michigan is ranked as the No. 32 player in the 2017 recruiting class, and he’ll be deciding between Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
He’s taken official visits to all but East Lansing. And, two days after he took an official visit to Tallahassee, Peoples-Jones received a visit from Jim Harbaugh. This past weekend, with the recruiting dead period approaching, Peoples-Jones spent his fourth official visit in Ann Arbor. He hung out with a few current Michigan commits, including 4-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, plus another big target for the Wolverines: 5-star running back Najee Harris.
The Campus Insiders staff got together and offered predictions for where the 5-star wide receiver will suit up to play college football next season.
He’s going to Michigan. It’s happening. His parents want him close to home, and the Wolverines obviously present that option given that it’s not a far trip from Detroit to Ann Arbor. He knows people on the team. His teammate Jaylen Kelly-Powell is committed to Michigan. His head coach, Thomas Wilcher, played with Harbaugh at Michigan, too. Florida had a shot because DPJ loved watching Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow as a kid, but the Gators can’t offer what the Wolverines can right now. He’ll be catching touchdown passes in The Big House for the next 3-4 years.
Growing up a fan of a school can have a huge impact on a teenager, so it’s tempting to go with a Florida team that would likely have him start right out of the gate. Alas, the distance will be a large factor and ultimately cost the Gators. Peoples-Jones will make the smart choice and stay in-state and play for Harbaugh at Michigan.
This feels like a Michigan commitment. He is a Detroit kid who is desirous of one day becoming a doctor, so the medical school in Ann Arbor would be a great fit. And Tyrone Wheatley, who is his main recruiter at Michigan, is likely selling him on the value of fitting into the Wolverines offense. He visited the school this past weekend along with Dylan McCaffrey and Najee Harris, so Michigan has the edge.
The amount of talent from Cass Tech that now floods The Game, has added another wonderful wrinkle to one of the sport’s best rivalries. We’re talking Delano Hill, Lavert Hill, Jourdan Lewis, Michael Onwenu and Mike Weber – and that was just this past year. Of all those players, Weber is the only one who isn’t rocking maize and blue. Add Donovan Peoples-Jones to the mix. I get the feeling Harbaugh would cut off his left arm and beat the other suitors to death before missing out on DPJ. The kid is going to Ann Arbor.
Jim Harbaugh has put the full-court press on Donovan Peoples-Jones, and it’s going to pay off on Dec. 15. Despite his childhood love for the Florida Gators, and hot pursuit from several other elite programs, Peoples-Jones is a big priority for Michigan. Adding him to a class that includes four-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey promises for a bright future in Ann Arbor.