"My recruitment is going good," Pead said. "I have 15 offers currently, including one from Louisville. I like Louisville's program because their running backs get the ball a lot."
Pead ran for more than 1,600 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior Columbus' Eastmore Academy . That performance earned him Ohio Division IV Player of the Year honors. He also made nearly 40 tackles and intercepted three passes on defense.
"I don't have any favorites at the moment," said Pead, who runs a 4.5 forty and a 10.8 in the 100 meter dash. "I'm still wide open."
Pead is drawing heavy interest from several Big East Conference programs. An elusive running back who says his awareness and quickness are his biggest strength, Pead figures to become a priority recruit for several Big East schools as the recruiting process moves forward.
"West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Marshall and Indiana are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest," Pead said. "I look at the Big East as a conference that has a lot of contenders for the BCS championship. Their programs play in the BCS bowl games and I like the Big East Conference."
So what is most important to Pead in finding a potential college?
"I'm just looking for a comfortable setting and a place where I feel good about the coaches," Pead said. "Playing time is also important and it would be nice to go to a big school. I would like to go to a school where I can get the ball. Anywhere on offense would be good, but it doesn't really matter."