18 in 18: RB Desmon Peoples

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples is the next stop in the "18 in 18" series. A talented speedster at running back, Peoples committed to Rutgers in April of 2011 and is set to officially enroll for classes in June.

Incoming Rutgers freshman Desmon Peoples is well aware of the running backs ahead of him on the depth chart when he arrives.

Peoples watched the impressive redshirt freshman season of Jawan Jamison intently last season and build a strong relationship with former five-star recruit Savon Huggins while being recruited. Set to enroll for classes June 24, Peoples is not intimidated, but excited by the competition facing him upon his arrival.

"I expect to learn a lot from both of them," Peoples said. "They're great. College football is definitely not the same as high-school ball. I know I need to learn to preserve my body, not take a lot of hits. I don't know. There are a lot of little tips I need to know."

Peoples plans to bring everything he has to the running back position and plans to bring something unique to the Rutgers offense when he arrives.

"I'm going to bring that elusiveness," Peoples said. "I have a little bit more agility, a little bit more quickness. I just try to make peoples miss, get out into the open and make people try to catch me."

Peoples is as excited about the new Rutgers uniforms as the rest of the recruiting class, but not necessarily for the same reason. The chance to wear any college uniform is the time to shape his story, Peoples said.

"That's when things become real for me I guess," he said. "I've been thinking about it this whole time. It's been my dream since I started playing football, so it's nice for it to almost be coming true. I'm going to put it on and give it my all."

When Greg Schiano left for the NFL and Kyle Flood took over the Rutgers program, Peoples was one of a handful of recruits to never waiver on his commitment. He was ready to sign regardless of the head coach, but said the chance to meet with Flood after the change has been "thrilling."

"Everything was great," Peoples said. "It's no change from what Coach Schiano had. They still have all the same core values. Everything's going to be exactly the same. It's going to be fun working with Coach Flood and [running backs coach Norries Wilson]."

Peoples is one of four Rutgers players on the Pennsylvania roster of the Big 33 game coming up in mid-June at Hershey Park.

Alongisde linemen J.J. Denman and Brandon Arcidiacono and quarterback Blake Rankin, Peoples has been practicing for two weeks with his future teammates.

"It's really fun and way more relaxing than what regular all-star game or competition would be like," Peoples said. "There's like four of us that are in the game going to Rutgers, quarterback, running back and linemen. It's a pretty good showing for Rutgers."

When Peoples starts his Rutgers career, he already has a game marked on his calendar. On Oct. 20 at Lincoln Financial Field, it will be Peoples vs Peoples when he takes the field against cousin Brandon Peoples and the Temple Owls.

"It's daily trash talk," Peoples said. "They're going down."


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