Class of 2017 target

Donovan Peoples-Jones

HometownDetroit, MI
High schoolCass Tech
Official visitSept. 3, 2016

There hadn't been much of a connection reported between Nebraska and Donovan People-Jones until the five-star receiver tweeted on Aug. 31 that he'd be taking an official visit to Lincoln.

That came for the season opener against Fresno State on Sept. 3, and he made the trip with highly-rated teammate Jaylen Kelly-Powell.

“I wouldn’t have wasted one of my five official visits on Nebraska if they weren’t going to be a factor for me,” Peoples-Jones told Huskers Illustrated after the visit.

While he was on the sidelines before the game, Peoples-Jones made sure to get a selfie with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.

Peoples-Jones took his second official visit to Ohio State (Oct. 8). He was originally scheduled to visit Florida that date, but a hurricane forced a change of plans. He also took an unofficial visit to Michigan during the season.

Nebraska wasn't able to make the cut for him, though. Peoples-Jones released a top five on Oct. 30 that didn't include the Huskers. Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are still in the running.

He committed to Michigan on Dec. 15.

Peoples-Jones and Kelly-Powell come from the Detroit powerhouse Cass Tech, which is loaded with top recruits every year. The school has produced seven recruits that signed with Power Five schools in the last three classes, and in the 2017 class, there are seven more rated three-stars or higher.

Peoples-Jones is a five-star prospect according to 247Sports and Rivals. The 247Sports composite has him as the nation's No. 1 wide receiver.

Peoples-Jones is an elite athlete. He was invited to The Opening Finals as a rising junior in 2015, one only of a handful of players in his class to receive that honor. He then won the SPARQ rating national championship at that event with a score of 149.49, which included a 4.42-second 40-yard dash.

Last season, Peoples-Jones had more than 1,000 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. In his first game of the 2016 season, he had three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

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