"Top Priority" Peoples Visits Rutgers

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples has been to Rutgers plenty of times, with his latest unofficial visit coming over the weekend. It was his second visit in less than a month, and he talked about the bond he is building with the staff, as well as what the Scarlet Knights staff is telling him about his importance to the 2012 class.

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples is a regular visitor to the Rutgers campus, with his latest unofficial trip to Piscataway, N.J., coming over the weekend.

And, there is a reason why the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Peoples has been on campus so often. It stems from a message he gets from the coaching staff.

"They told me that I'm a priority," People said. "They told me I'm the main running back for the class. It makes me like them even more because that means I'll have a better chance of getting on the field early in my career."

Peoples was offered by the Scarlet Knights before his junior season, an 11-game stint which brought more recruiting attention his way.

He ran for 1,349 yards and 23 touchdowns on 165 attempts. He also caught 11 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown, and added a 95-yard kickoff return for a score.

"Honestly, I didn't foresee anything like this happening," Peoples said. "I'm just taking it all in now. I think the process is going fine and I'm just looking forward to getting more offers."

Peoples also holds an offer from Pittsburgh and received junior day invites from a number of schools. Among the junior days he plans to attend are those at Notre Dame, West Virginia and Alabama, but those schools will be playing catch-up to the Scarlet Knights in the relationship department.

He has been to campus plenty of times, including a summer visit in which he was given a personal tour as well as attending junior day last month.

Peoples is being recruited by Rutgers assistant coach Phil Galiano, and also speaks with coach Greg Schiano.

"I feel at home (at Rutgers)," Peoples said. "Whenever I'm up there, they always show me love, show me a lot of attention."

Does Peoples have that kind of feeling with any other program yet?

"I've got a little bit of that from Pittsburgh when I was there in the summer," he said, "but other than that, no, I really don't."

Peoples is still formulating criteria for what he wants in a college.

"I'm not really sure about that yet," he said. "But I know the No. 1 think I'm looking for is a lot of communication with the coaches so I know them before I go to the school."

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