Peoples: Visit "Exceeded My Expectations"

St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) class of 2012 running back Desmon Peoples wanted to learn more about Rutgers, so he took an unofficial visit to campus Tuesday. What he wasn't expecting what he got. Peoples spoke with about the trip, and why he said the visit "actually exceeded my expectations." Come inside to find out what happened on the visit.

Desmon Peoples impressed the Rutgers coaching staff during camp last month, and Tuesday it was time for the Scarlet Knights to impress the class of 2012 running back from St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia).

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Peoples was on campus for a day-long unofficial visit, and from the academics to the close-knit bond of players and coaches to the facilities, Peoples left impressed.

"It went great. It actually exceeded my expectations. It had a lot of things to offer. They knew I want to major in finance, and they have a really good finance program, they're No. 1 in APR (Academic Progress Rate), and they're right near New York, which is the business capital of the country."

Peoples said he received a verbal offer from the Scarlet Knights last month, and the interest has continued from both sides.

During the visit Peoples met with an array of coaches and academic support personnel, and was taken aback by the bond within the program, and the philosophy of coach Greg Schiano.

"He said they are really about family," Peoples said. "All the coaches wear a bracelet and it says F.A.M.I.L.Y. It's Forget About Me, I love You, and they are together like family."

Peoples was also impressed by the togetherness of the players, who plan offseason events among themselves to further build their bond.

"In the summer the whole team goes to the beach, or the whole team goes paintballing," he said. "They're always together as a family, and that's something else I like about (the school)."

Peoples rushed 125 times for 1,050 yards and 18 passes for 298 yards as a sophomore, and the visit gave the Scarlet Knights coaching staff the opportunity to show how he would be used in their offense.

"They showed me basic little running plays that I will be able to excel at," Peoples said. "They said …I had the shiftiness and quickness to be successful in certain plays. They showed me power (running) plays and outside zone and inside zone runs. They said when I come back they'll show me more."

And, Peoples added, he will be back to take in a few games in the fall and check in with the coaches.

"I should be going up there pretty regularly," he said.

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