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Jabrill Peppers. He just gets it. Easily adjusts and adapts to what is asked of him. Very coachable and humble, but he knows he good. Michigan does not have a skilled player on its team like him. I know it is easy to make the Charles Woodson comparisons here, but let’s allow the kid to make a name for himself by carving out his own niche. He is more than capable of playing both ways if needed, but as far as cover corners go, he is a more explosive version of Dee Milliner, and we love that he welcomes contact too. He is mature and knows that there are high expectations for him to perform.
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Hmm. This is a tough question to answer without the finality of the 2014 class signing day to give me some concrete options to choose from. I’ll take a stab at a few teams that might fit the bill.

I’d argue that Auburn’s true freshmen have been as impactful as Ole Miss. RB Racean Thomas could continue this trend. Michigan could get significant production from WR Drake Harris, ATH Jabrill Peppers and DT Bryan Mone, and if they get Da'Shawn Hand, that could be big for them. All guys are need positions. Texas A&M, with DE Myles Garrett, QB Kyle Allen, ATH Nick Harvey -- and they could also end up with ATH Speedy Noil, too. If they stay committed, Florida could see a lot of offensive impact with the likes of RB Dalvin Cook (huge need) and WR Ermon Lane, too. Miami could be another on both sides of the ball.

However, if we were sitting here in February and assuming LSU closed like some are expecting with in-state talent, including RB Leonard Fournette, then I think you could see a lot of freshmen making an impact for the Tigers.

#AskLoogs: B1G advantage in East?

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From a recruiting pool standpoint, absolutely. The markets that have now been opened up in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., New Jersey could quickly become Big Ten country, as opposed to ACC country, when it comes to the competitive landscape, especially if Michigan and Penn State continue their resurgence. Rutgers and Maryland are hitting this conference at the right time with the changing conference affiliations. They have aligned with the big boys in a conference that will be a major player in shaping the future of college football.

Between Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, DC and North Carolina, these states far outweigh the current states of Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri when it comes to available players to service the Big Ten. I think this could create a haves and have-nots over time in the Big Ten. The ACC and some of the programs in the SEC will be this division's greatest challenge to keeping players from staying in the Big Ten.

#AskLoogs: How to use Jabrill Peppers

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Yes, Jabrill Peppers is talented enough to play on both sides of the ball and even as a return man. However, while those are fun roles to envision, it can also be a daunting task for players. It takes a toll mentally and physically. Peppers could line up at corner, running back and even wide receiver and be a factor because he is a naturally gifted athlete who does not have a steep learning curve when it comes to playing the game. The question for any coaching staff is whether or not it is worth the injury risk or risk of overwhelming a player, especially if you have enough good players at RB, WR and CB. Corners are a premium position, and they don’t come along often, so you can bet defense will likely take the lead when it comes to how to play Peppers.

#AskLoogs: Ranking Michigan's chances

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I don’t think so. Even if they were to land DE Da’Shawn Hand, I don’t think it would be enough to overtake competitors Alabama, LSU, FSU, Georgia and few others. The answer to this questions lies with those ESPN 300 prospects in Louisiana who have yet to make a commitment.

It is a monster class in the state, with 18 prospects in the ESPN 300. The likes of Michigan and Ohio State and others who do not have a stake in those players' decisions precludes them from having a legitimate shot at overtaking those teams that do, most likely just Alabama and LSU.

Whoever signs the majority of those prospects will likely land the No. 1 class come February, unless Georgia can clean up in-state with the likes of DE Lorenzo Carter and ILB Raekwon McMillan, which would put Georgia squarely in the mix.

#AskLoogs: Hand vs. Clowney

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No. On pure ability, we haven’t seen anyone the last eight years with his talent level, not even Robert Nkemdiche although he is a very, very close second. Da’Shawn Hand is a talented prospect, but is not blessed with the same stature or foot speed as Clowney. Hand is a hybrid player dependent upon scheme. If he were to attend Alabama or Florida we don’t feel he’d be a fulltime down lineman, we think he’d be a rush linebacker (Star or Jack) in a multiple 3-man front look. If he were to attend Michigan, we feel he would be a fulltime defensive end. However, he plays the position from a down stance much more like a 5-technique than a 9-technique yet he does not have the physical bulk yet to hold up as a five on an every down basis. Our concern with Hand has always been pad level and hip tightness. He is not an overly flexible lineman. His strengths are power, great hands and the ability to collapse the pocket. He is very strong. At some point he is going to bulk up into a 260-pound guy or more and then he might fit nicely as a 5-technique.
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We are always very, very cautious to heap too much praise on any one prospect. With that being said, there are very few deficiencies with Leonard Fournette. We have never had a pure running back as the No. 1 overall player. Trent Richardson in 2009 was the best we had seen and he was No. 6 overall. There are lots of great backs in different sizes and styles, but few possess every quality you want. When Fournette wants to play big, he can. When he wants to be small and explosive, he can. He’s part scatback, part bruising short-yardage back. If he played defense full-time, he would likely be one of the top, if not the top, OLB prospects in this class. We feel he is a feature player with not only the physical makeup, but the competitive temperament and mental edge to be an every down back and game breaker each time he touches the football. I’m not sure there is a current back in college that you could compare him to. Johnathan Gray at Texas and T.J. Yeldon at Alabama are about as close as you can get.

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