Jabrill Peppers played for two of New Jersey’s premier football programs — Don Bosco Prep, then Paramus Catholic. But when he transferred after his sophomore year, there was some conflict.
“My transferring process was a complete disaster,” Peppers told the Bergen Record in 2014. “There were threats made to me, notes left in my locker by students, the coaching staff telling me that I’ll miss a whole year of eligibility, telling me any school I go to they would take them down.”
High schools can’t recruit players in New Jersey, but can offer financial aid. Schools cannot give more financial aid to athletes, but it’s believed that they often do.
Don Bosco coach Greg Toal, in 2014, accused Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge — now Michigan’s special teams coordinator — of stealing his players.
Paramus Catholic came under fire from New Jersey athletics’ governing body in 2014 when it was accused of recruiting Rashan Gary, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 who is now at Michigan. There was not enough evidence to prove it after transferring from Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
Partridge told the Record that Toal tried to recruit him to Don Bosco when he was in high school, but he chose Paramus Catholic instead.