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High School All-American Jabrill Peppers Participates in Mock Press Conference

Shown in photo with high school football star Jabrill Peppers, of East Orange, is Brandon Robinson, organizer of the event.

Paramus Catholic Paladin cornerback Jabrill Peppers, of East Orange, and head football coach Chris Partridge kept more than 50 students in an NJIT Upward Bound Multimedia Journalism class spellbound yesterday as Peppers, with humility and intelligence, answered students’ questions for almost an hour.  He talked about playing football to honor his brother who died way too young --in eighth grade.  “I think about him every day,” he said.  “He inspired me.”  He also detailed to the enthralled students his daily work schedule; School, practice, homework and when free time to practice his music.  Two students moderated the event.  ESPN ranked Peppers as the top high school cornerback in the class of 2014.  Peppers lead his squad to a 37-34 win over Bergen Catholic at MetLife Stadium winning the Non-Public, Group 4 title in 2012.  A talented musician off the field, Peppers released the video “Don’t Take it Personal,” the first single on his forthcoming album “Road to Glory” to be released in September.  Peppers recently committed to the University of Michigan live on ESPNU-TV.  The student stories written about the event will be their final exam grade.  Brandon Robinson organized the event.