Bearcats Going Down To The Wire For Pead

Talking with Isaiah Pead on Tuesday night about where he was in the recruiting process left one to wonder. As the biggest name left uncommitted in Ohio, Pead has his share of programs to choose from. Add in a qualifying test score and the Eastmoor Academy running back has become a battle between several programs looking to earn his verbal commitment one week from today.

While Pead is on the mind of several programs looking to earn his signature on National Letter of Intent Day, Brian Kelly and his staff are looking to work their magic and beat out teams from the Big Ten, Big East and possibly the Big 12 for Pead.

Tuesday saw the University of Cincinnati and assistant coach Tim Hinton on the road looking to lock down Pead. As the clock clicks away at each minute towards signing day, the Bearcats head coach finds himself in a major recruiting battle much like the one he just went through to earn the verbal pledge of D.J. Woods. While Woods battle was against Michigan, Kelly finds this one involving several teams still with a legitimate chance to sign Pead.

"Coach Kelly and Coach Hinton just left my house," Isaiah Pead told Bearcat Insider on Tuesday night. "It was a real good visit and I almost felt like giving him my verbal commitment but I want to wait and see what the other schools have to offer over the course of the next few days."

Pead's remaining schools place Kelly and the Bearcats in a hard and heavy battle that could go down to the wire as Michigan, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Indiana and now Colorado are all on Pead's list of schools he'll be considering over the course of the next several days.

At the time of this interview Pead wasn't sure he'd be taking any future visits as plans for visits to Michigan and a possible Colorado visit have yet to be finalized.

Bearcat fans rejoiced about the battle won for Woods and this one is shaping up to be just as tough if not tougher. Pead who stands 5-foot-11 is a running back that fits perfectly into Brian Kelly's offensive system. Despite the odds, Kelly and his coaches have not backed away from any challenges in making this the highest ranked class in recent memory. A Top 25 ranking on the field will sit well with a recruiting class ranked in the Top 50 for the first time. This is a far cry from previous classes as the Bearcats continue their climb to being considered a Top 25 program on the field and in the recruiting race.

What is on Pead's agenda?

"Right now I want to make sure that I'm sure about my final choice. I want to take all the last phone calls and any possible visits before I make my commitment. I've not narrowed it down as I'm still considering all of the schools left on my list before making my college choice."

Can Brian Kelly win another major recruiting battle that's going down to the wire? Stay with Bearcat Insider as this story unveils itself between now and his commitment.

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