RB Peoples Prepped for Big Day

Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples holds six offers, and one of them is from Rutgers. He is making his announcement today at 1:30 p.m., and ScarletReport.com will be in attendance to bring all the lead-in and the decision. On the eve of his decision, Peoples spoke about his path to this day, what it means, and what led him to his choice.

In the library at inside Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.), running back Desmon Peoples will end his recruitment with a 1:30 p.m. announcement.

He is choosing from Rutgers, a school he visited twice in the last week and has been his proclaimed leader for a while, UCLA, Temple, Pittsburgh and Kent State, but his decision is already made.

Without disclosing the school, Peoples said he is relieved to have the recruiting process end after two years, and relaxed because of the work he put in.

"I'm very happy that I'm coming to this conclusion," Peoples said. "All the hard work that I've put in since freshman year has paid off. …It's a whole lot of time, effort and money put into everything I've been trying to do over the last few years, and my parents helped me out a lot.

"They played a big role in my life in helping me accomplish my goals because they are the two main people I look to, and they always push me and to strive for success."

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Peoples said comfort level was a big factor in his decision.

"I feel like I've developed a relationship with the coaches at the school I'm choosing over the years," Peoples said. "Even if I kept the recruiting situation open, nobody would have a better relationship than I do with the coaches now."

Rutgers was the first school to offer Peoples, and his last offer came this week when Georgia Tech joined the race.

However, after rushing for 1,349 yards and 23 touchdowns on 165 carries, Peoples thought he would get a few more offers. He holds six as he gets ready to announce he decision.

"I feel like my size impacted that greatly," he said. "If you're small, they make it seem like you have to prove yourself so it's always going to be a factor."

Size is something Peoples thought about while watching a few of his favorite running backs, like the Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew and former Pittsburgh Panther Dion Lewis.

"Maurice Jones-Drew because he runs tough," Peoples said. "He doesn't have a lot of height, but he runs like he's seven feet tall. He'll run you over, and I want to be that well-rounded, tough back. I also watched Dion Lewis because of the size. I had his running back film, and I looked at it and saw how he ran."

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