Two Commits to Play in Chesapeake Bowl

Before Brandon Arcidiacono and Desmon Peoples sign to play at Rutgers next year, the pair will play together one last time as members of the Chesapeake Bowl all-star team. Arcidiacono, who is one of three offensive line commits for Rutgers, spoke with about the honor and his recent visit to campus.

As if playing together in both high school and college was not enough, Rutgers commits Brandon Arcidiacono and Desmon Peoples both joined the all-star roster for this year's Chesapeake Bowl.

Teammates at Archbishop Wood High School (Warminster, Pa.) Arcidiacono and Peoples will be in Maryland Dec. 30 for a final high-school hurrah on the football field before packing up and heading to Rutgers after they graduate.

"It's a huge honor," said Arcidiacono, who verbally committed to Rutgers July 6 and ranks in as's No. 9 center. "I'm excited for the opportunity, but it honestly came to me as a big surprise when my coach told me. I was amazed by the news."

Arcidiacono joins Peoples on the roster.

Peoples became the second verbal commitment to Rutgers' 2011 recruiting class. The three-star running back played a role in bringing along Arcidiacono to Rutgers in what he likes to call "a friendship for life."

Peoples is a three-star running back and the 51st best in the nation among 2011 prospects.

"It's going to be great to play together in that game," Arcidiacono said. "I'm really pumped for it. It will be good to play that one more time together as all-stars before we get to college and start over again at the bottom as freshmen.

Archbishop Wood safety Nate Smith is also on the roster. Smith remains uncommitted, but is expected to decide between West Virginia, Toledo, Temple, South Carolina and Michigan State. Rutgers never came into the picture for Smith, opting to recruit multiple New Jersey defensive backs and New York's Wayne Morgan.

Arcidiacono and Peoples remain focused on their senior season at Archbishop Wood, but both made trips to Piscataway during the season to see Rutgers beat Ohio in September.

"That was an awesome experience," Arcidiacono said. "It's totally different when you know that's where you're going to college. It made me look forward to getting there for real so much more. I can't get there fast enough."

Arcidiacono said he remains in constant contact with his recruiting coach, Brian Angelicho, and offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

"I have really good relationships with both of them," Arcidiacono said. "We talk as much as they're allowed to reach out to me. I've always had a great relationship with Coach Ang and I'm getting to know Coach Flood very well. I can't wait to come play for both of them."

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