Peoples talent gets Army's attention

Michael Peoples said Army let him know he has a "ton of talent" when they offered the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive lineman out of Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Ariz on Thursday, September 11th. Peoples told ArmySports.com that he's still a long way from making a decision on college as a number of D-1 colleges are expressing heavy interest in him but likes the fact he now has an Army offer.

"I had been hearing from Coach Lamont Seward of Army," Peoples said. "It was Coach McCartney, though, who called me with the offer on Thursday. He said they liked my talent and felt like I'd be a great fit at the school. The offer was at defensive end. Coach said they like how I'm developing my game and think I'd be a big help for the team. A couple of things he said he noticed from my film is my aggressiveness off the ball and overall athleticism.

"Coach McCartney said that there's a new staff at Army and that he, himself, had come over from Wake Forest. He told me about his history and what he felt he could do for me as a coach. He talked about the lineman he's coached up to the NFL and said he felt like I have that kind of potential.

"I've talked among my friends about the [Army] offer and everybody says they wished they had an opportunity like that and that the education there is just phenomenal. My step-dad graduated from West Point and was a track and field runner, so he's been helping me get more familiar with it as far as the academics and what's expected from the cadets. When you get offered by a place like that of course you're going to consider it. I'll definitely be putting some thought into it. Taking an official visit is something I'll likely do."

Peoples holds offers from UC-Davis and Northern Arizona, but has a host of schools coming at him, most recently UNLV.

"I have contingent offers from Utah, Arizona, Colorado, San Jose State, and Boise State," he said. "They want to look at my growth as a player. They want to see if I'll have another good, solid season and that I'm progressing the right way. I had a foot injury and they want to see if everything is fine with that or if I'll fluke out. Recently, I took an unofficial visit to UNLV. I didn't even know I was on their radar. They have some great coaches. It was exciting to visit with Coach Morimoto.

"I don't feel I'm anywhere near being ready to make a decision. I'll probably wait until December or January, maybe February to decide. I'd love to go to a program that is open to playing true freshman. I'm looking at a strong connection with the coaches, a good location, and a place that offers decent academic support."

At Agua Fria, Peoples has been faced with the challenge of making the switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. It a change, he says, that hasn't come easy.

"Quite frankly, I'd rather be playing in a 4-3," he said, "but I'm going to bear with it. In our game against Greenway on Friday I had six or seven tackles and a sack, so I think it's coming along. It's about understanding my new responsibilities and working within the technique."

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