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Donovan Peoples-Jones | Wide Receiver

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (19) / 2/19/1999
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 190

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Michigan special teams coordinator Chris Partridge said that sophomore WR Donovan Peoples-Jones is "now getting comfortable" as a punt returner.
Peoples-Jones (6'2/190) put up 320 yards and a touchdown on 40 punt returns last season, his first in the collegiate ranks. Partridge passed along earlier this spring that the former five-star recruit has shown an increased level of confidence and authority in his catching the ball on the special teams end of matters. As a receiver, Peoples-Jones caught 22 passes for 277 yards in 2017. He's still looking for his first career touchdown grab. We're expecting big things from the wideout this season, especially given the tantalizing upside of QB Shea Patterson. May 4 - 3:23 PM
Source: 247Sports

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Michigan freshman WR Donovan Peoples-Jones finished with a game-high six receptions for 58 yards in Monday's 26-19 loss against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.

The six receptions were the most of his career. He really seemed to jell nicely with QB Brandon Peters, connecting 10 times in the past two games when Peters was healthy and under center. Peoples-Jones, who is also a pretty special player in the return game, is just scratching the surface. He should make another big jump with spring practices. The Wolverines are hoping incoming transfer QB Shea Patterson can take the offense to new heights, too, and Peoples-Jones would be one of the biggest beneficiaries.
Jan 1 - 4:23 PM

Michigan freshman WR Donovan Peoples-Jones had four catches for 64 yards in Saturday's 24-10 loss to Wisconsin.

Peoples-Jones looked really good early with Brandon Peters behind center, but like Michigan's offense as a whole, he went into witness protection when John O'Korn entered for the injured Peters. As proven earlier this season, Michigan is a mediocre team when the ineffective O'Korn is forced into action.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 03:46:00 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell tagged Michigan freshman WR Donovan Peoples-Jones as having the fifth-most impressive freshman performance in Week 3.

The uber-athletic Peoples-Jones (6'2/190) hauled in two passes for 52 yards and also notched a 79-yard punt-return touchdown in Saturday's win over Air Force. Those two catches were the first of his collegiate career. The Detroit Free Press' Nick Baumgardner sees Peoples-Jones receiving more work with Tarik Black (foot) potentially sidelined for the season. Michigan's watching-paint-dry offense would do well to try to get him the ball. The Wolverines have a tricky Saturday showdown with Purdue upcoming this weekend.
Source: Rivals
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 10:57:00 PM

Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press believes Michigan freshman WR Donovan Peoples-Jones will get more involved with the offense now that Tarik Black (foot) is out.

Black may be done for the season, opening the door for his fellow true freshman Peoples-Jones. Black had mostly been working alongside junior Grant Perry and sophomore Kekoa Crawford in the base offense. Peoples-Jones was a five-star recruit in the 2017 cycle and is already turning heads with his electric athleticism. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder led all Michigan receivers during spring testing with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, a vertical leap of 39 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet. Along with DPJ, expect Eddie McDoom to also see an increase of snaps with Black out.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:30:00 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy and Tom VanHaaren pass along that "[o]ne Michigan coach said (freshman WR Donovan) Peoples-Jones is athletically and physically ready to play."

Per the pair of ESPN analysts, both Peoples-Jones and fellow frosh wideout Tarik Black "have created buzz in the spring." For his part, five-star wideout Peoples-Jones sizzled during the team's spring combine testing, recording a hot 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds, plus a 39-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 11 feet. All three of those marks would have been among the best at the NFL Scouting Combine this spring.
Tue, May 16, 2017 08:45:00 PM

Michigan freshman WR Donovan Peoples-Jones ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds during the Wolverines' spring combine.

Yowza. Peoples-Jones was a five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle and is already turning heads with his electric athleticism. That 4.41-second 40-yard dash led all UM wideouts in the team's little spring combine, as did his vertical leap of 39 inches and his broad jump of 11 feet. Michigan's passing offense proved sketchy at times last season, but help is on the way. They brought in a slew of highly regarded receiver recruits -- with Peoples-Jones the jewel in that crown --on National Signing Day, plus a four-star quarterback in Dylan McCaffrey. Those baby Wolverines could pay almost immediate dividends in 2017. Rob Cassidy of Rivals views the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Peoples-Jones as a potential elite performer right out of the gate.
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 10:01:00 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy believes that Michigan freshman WR Donovan Peoples-Jones has the potential to be a standout performer in 2017.

With Michigan losing wideouts Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh to the NFL Draft (plus TE Jake Butt), Peoples-Jones enters into a lovely vacuum for immediate production. As Cassidy puts it, "Instant impact is usually at the intersection of timing and talent, and Peoples-Jones seems to be right in the sweet spot." The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 12 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Cassidy isn't alone in believing he could see early success with Michigan, as ESPN's Tom Luginbill put forth the same opinion near the end of December. Hamilton comps Peoples-Jones to Malachi Dupre, formerly of LSU.
Source: Rivals
Sun, Feb 5, 2017 02:50:00 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill notes that Michigan five-star 2017 verbal WR commit Donovan Peoples-Jones should make an early push for playing time with the Wolverines.

"Peoples-Jones has tremendous length and range to be an acrobatic playmaker when the ball is in the air," Luginbill writes. "He brings the height and arm length that coaches covet, but he moves like a smaller receiver with the ball in his hands." The analyst compares Peoples-Jones to LSU WR Malachi Dupre due to their similar "ability to not only run by people but also make plays when contested." The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder joins a loaded Michigan recruiting class which has been on absolute fire in the month of December, a class which should stand as one of the top five in the country when the dust of National Signing Day has settled a little over a month from now.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 04:06:00 PM

Michigan received a verbal commitment from five-star 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Peoples-Jones made his commitment public on ESPN2 Thursday night, choosing Michigan over the likes of Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State. Said the five-star star-to-be, "My last official visit to the University of Michigan pretty much sealed everything. I have a chance to do very special things there, I believe. I think that it was the best decision for me and my family." The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is one of the best receiving prospects in the country, checking into the ESPN300 at No. 27 overall. The outlet refers to Peoples-Jones as a "tall, sturdy and physical" wideout, one with "climb the ladder speed."
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones named Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State as the five top contenders for his pledge.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Peoples-Jones' little list here is that Nebraska did not make the cut. This, despite the fact that he took an official visit to the Cornhuskers the opening weekend of the season. He also took an official to Ohio State earlier this month. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout has no other officials scheduled at this time.'s Allen Trieu notes that the stud receiving prospect "[s]hows the ability to make tough grabs downfield with defenders on him, and has excellent body control and ball tracking skills."
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 02:07:00 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones will take an official visit to Nebraska.

Not only will Peoples-Jones be using one of his five officials on Nebraska, he will be doing so in just a matter of days. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder will check out the Cornhuskers when they boot up against Fresno State on Saturday. He noted that he is "looking forward to experiencing an emphatic fan base and a chance to get coached up by a really talented receiver coach [in Keith Williams]." Peoples-Jones ranks as Rivals' No. 13 overall prospect for 2017 and their No. 2 receiver. In addition to Nebraska, Florida and Florida State are both strong candidates to receive officials from the stud wideout recruit this autumn, with the rest of the field to be sorted out in time.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones recently took visits to Auburn, Florida State, Florida and Tennessee.

Peoples-Jones has been doing work on the visit circuit, but appears no closer to selecting the school for his commitment. "That’s the hardest thing about it," said the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, "because I found things I liked at each school, so it’s hard to say which one I liked better." He indicated that he was (understandably) impressed by Alabama's winning pedigree and their ability to level-up players to the NFL. ESPN 300's No. 12 overall recruit, Peoples-Jones has also drawn interest from Clemson.
Fri, May 20, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Four-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones indicated that he likes Clemson's history of churning out NFL receivers.

"The success over the past few years with guys like Sammy Watkins and Deandre Hopkins," Peoples-Jones said, "I think that’s very appealing to a receiver like me who wants to get to the league." The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout hails from Detroit and ranks as the ESPN Junior 300's No. 11 overall player for the 2017 cycle. He's drawing interest from all of the predictable heavy hitters. In addition to speaking highly of Clemson, he also singled out Florida State. Said Peoples-Jones, "Florida State, I see their program on the rise because they had the No. 1 ranked recruiting class. If you’re recruiting the best talent, then it’s just a matter of if you can coach them up to be good players in college."
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 07:32:00 PM