Peoples Recaps First Week in Scarlet

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- One week into his verbal commitment to the Scarlet Knights, Archbishop Wood running back Desmon Peoples already feels like a part of the family. Now that part of the process his behind him, Peoples spoke with about the next step in his journey …

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- When Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples committed in his high school library, he decided he wanted to start recruiting. So he went to the master.

To prevent going back-and-forth from Warminster, Pa. all weekend, Peoples spent the night with Miles Shuler and his family. The two, who Peoples said are already very close, went to the movies together between trips to the spring game and NIKE camp.

"It was a good time," Peoples said. "We were just hanging out. We went and saw the new Fast and the Furious movie. It was awesome. I love The Rock."

Shuler and Peoples also discussed how to become an ambassador for the Scarlet Knights. After Shuler committed in mid-December, he played an integral role in recruiting other big names in the draft class like Savon Huggins, Gary Nova and Marquise Wright.

Peoples got his first victory later in the day when Pennsylvania quarterback Blake Rankin made his verbal commitment.

"It was great that Blake committed over the weekend," Peoples said. "I want to help bring in a lot more talent so our class can reach our goal of winning a Big East championship. I talked a lot with people at the spring game like JJ Denman and Blake."

At the NIKE camp, Peoples did not participate in all of the running back drills, but still took home the positional MVP.

"Going to camps is good for a few reasons," Peoples said. "You can learn things about your game that maybe you didn't know before and you get to compete against a lot of talented guys."

Peoples brought teammates Brandon Peoples and Nate Smith with him to the NIKE camp to try to add more Pennsylvania influence to the Class of 2012. Brandon Peoples, his cousin, is a 5-foot-10 athlete recruit.

With the recruiting process over with and his junior year of high school wrapping up, Peoples has his sights set on his senior year on the Gridiron.

"Getting the commitment over with is huge because I can focus on my team," Peoples said. "I can focus on getting in great shape and trying to win a state championship with my teammates."

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