WARMINSTER, Pa. — After center Brandon Arcidiacono made it official yesterday by committing to Rutgers, the first question in his press conference came from his teammate — Desmon Peoples.
From the back row of the Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) media center, Peoples asked Scout.com's ninth ranked center why he chose Rutgers over 14 other verbal scholarship offers.
Arcidiacono responded by telling Peoples that the running back's commitment more than two months ago played a role in his decision.
"After I committed, he started asking me lots of questions about Rutgers and I could tell he was really interested in it," Peoples said. "I didn't try to push him though and would just tell him to make the right decision for him."
Peoples decided he wanted to be a recruiter after he committed and took lessons from other recruits turned recruiters like Miles Shuler. Though Arcidiacono would have likely come to the same decision without him, Peoples' influence made it easier for the center to pick Rutgers.
"I think he always knew that Rutgers was where he wanted to be," Peoples said. "He came to me and talked about it and his parents talked to me about it before he committed. I was just telling him go wherever your heart is. You don't want to go somewhere you don't want to be."
Arcidiacono is the fifth Archbishop Wood football player to make his decision this season. Peoples, who was the first, said keeping things a secret was not tough because it was a matter of respect.
"I've known for a while," Peoples said. "When I committed, I let all of my teammates know and they all kept it a secret, so I knew I could do the same thing for Brandon. We wouldn't want to take away his moment. ... Now that it's out there, I'm pretty happy with this. It's like a friendship forever basically."
Peoples was last on-campus at Rutgers during camp.
He did not participate in the camp itself, but spent most of two days hanging out at his new home.
"I had a great time," Peoples said. "I hung out with Quron [Pratt], Miles, Savon [Huggins] all the guys. We really didn't do much, we just hung out. We went to the North-South All-Star Game and saw a couple of kids that we knew — Brandon Napoleon, Kye Morgan, those guys.
"I plan on coming up a lot more in the future. It's definitely always a good trip. Brandon and I can carpool now."
Peoples said his goal for the rest of the summer is to get in the best shape possible for his senior year, where he is a team captain.
"Right now, I'm working out in the morning and again later in the day," he said. "I want to be ready for my senior year and I think I'm going to be a lot better."
According to Archbishop Wood coach Steve Devlin, Peoples is on the right track.
"He's doing very well," Devlin said. "He's working very hard. We're excited for this season and obviously Brandon and Des will be huge parts of it. Both are captains and we're excited for it."
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