Indiana picked up their third commitment in the last seven days and their fourth one overall with the news that running back Kristian Pechac has pledged to the Hoosiers today. The 6-foot, 204-pound standout from Bloomington South H.S. spoke to Peegs.com before making his announcement public about why he decided IU was the right school for him.
Pechac made his commitment official with this post on his Twitter page:
The athletic running back said Indiana was the best choice for him because he knows it is a place where he will be taken care of for the next four or five years of his life.
“It is just the place where I feel the most comfortable,” he said about why he committed to the Hoosiers. “Bloomington is a beautiful place. I have been around to all of the colleges that have offered, and I can’t really think of another place where I would rather be than here. I know I will be treated well. I know nothing will be handed to me and I hope everything goes in my favor, and I have faith that it will.”
Pechac’s father, Mike Pechac, is the Director of Player Development and Academic Enhancement for the IU program. He said that he is excited for the opportunity to be so close to his dad during the time he is a college football player.
“I think I tried to remove it from the equation at first, but after I got a little deeper into it I gave it some more thought,” he said about his father being on the staff at IU. “I think it is something I will really enjoy, and something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I think I made the right choice.”
When the talented prospect was first offered by Indiana the running backs coach was Deland McCullough. Pechac was very close to Coach McCullough and his family, but he said that he has since been able to develop a strong bond with new Indiana running backs coach Mike Hart.
“Me and Coach Hart have a good relationship,” Pechac said. “We talk a lot and we have spent a lot of time together. I think he is as good of a coach as I could find to play for in college. I don’t think there is any drop-off playing for him as opposed to playing for Coach McCullough.”
Coach Hart believes Pechac will be a great fit at running back for the Hoosiers because of his physical attributes.
“He said that he likes my size and my strength,” Pechac said when asked about the message from Coach Hart. “He thinks I will be a good fit for what they want to do. He believes that he will be able to develop the things I have been working on in high school.”
The Bloomington native said not only has he bonded with Coach Hart, but he has also bonded with the entire offensive staff that is new to the Indiana program.
“They are all great,” he said about the offensive coaches. “They have shown me a lot of love and I think that will carry over to when I play for them. They say that they will have a lot of things for me when I get there that people haven’t seen me do in high school.”
Pechac wanted to take as much time as he felt he needed to make his college decision, but he said that he is glad that the process is finally behind him.
“I planned on going through the process for as long as I needed to because I wanted to make sure I made the right decision for me, but it is definitely a relief to have it over with,” he said.
When it comes to his commitment the four-star prospect said that he is 100 percent solid to Indiana.
“My recruiting is completely closed,” Pechac said. “I will not be taking any more calls or taking any more visits or anything like that. Now I can enjoy the rest of my high school career and get ready for my senior season.”
Pechac said that even though he has thought about playing college football for quite some time, it still hasn’t hit him yet that he will be a Big Ten player starting next fall.
“It is something I have had in the back of my mind all throughout high school and since my first offer, but I don’t think it has really hit me yet,” he said when asked how it feels to be a Big Ten commitment. “Maybe it will this weekend once I make it official. I know when it does it will feel great.”
As a junior at Bloomington South last fall Pechac rushed for 2,030 yards and 28 touchdowns. He chose the Hoosiers over offers from Minnesota, Louisville, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.