Peoples' Choice Getting Closer

Archbishop Wood (High) running back Desmon Peoples spent two of the last three days watching Rutgers practice and getting a better feel for a program he already knows well. Afterward, he told that Saturday's visit "gave me a pretty good view of what my decision will be." What else did Peoples have to say about it?

Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples had a reason for visiting Rutgers twice in three days to watch practice. He wanted to make sure he had perspective on how the Scarlet Knights practiced.

It will aid him greatly in making his college decision, which could be coming soon based on what he said about Rutgers, which he has continually said is his leader.

"I've been up here about a million times from freshman year to now, so I'm pretty comfortable there," he said after watching Saturday's practice. "Today, gave me a pretty good view of what my decision will be. I've been through it all, from academics to practices."

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Peoples attended Thursday's practice as well, and will see the final piece this weekend when he hangs out with some of the players to get a better feel for the atmosphere on campus.

"I want to see how campus life is," he said, "and if I would feel comfortable being out and around (campus) and not get in trouble of anything like that."

Like Thursday's practice, Peoples spent much of Saturday's practice inside the "Bubble" watching Rutgers' running backs and talking with five-star signee Savon Huggins, a running back who will enroll in late May.

"He was telling me about the players and who was who, and the protections," Peoples said. "When we were in the coaches' meetings, I got to learn some of the plays that he already knew. He was telling me about the protections, and he was telling me about the school.

"I just wanted to know if he felt at home, if the coaches knew what they were doing, if the running back coach (Chris Hewitt) knew what he was doing. He said they were doing a great job, and I feel the same way."

Peoples' rational for watching a pair of practices to was to gauge the intensity level on more than one occasion.

"I see that the intensity is high," he said. Not one day a week, but a few times a week. I'm really attracted by that. Any successful team has a way they go about practicing every day. If you're inconsistent, hyped and intense one practice and the next tired and dead, you're not going to be a successful program.

"I feel Rutgers is on a come-up with the coaching staff building something special."

Peoples also took special note of how Rutgers was using the running backs in the pro-style offense.

"I loved it," he said. "They use the running back in multiple ways …They have a wide variety of things they can do with the running back, so I feel as though I fit fine."

Peoples does not have a definitive time table for making a decision, only to say it will be before his senior season. However, he added a decision could come much, much earlier.

"Anything's possible," he said.

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