But football is in Pearman's blood. That is evidenced by his brother, who plays at Virginia; and by his father, a Colgate graduate that went on to play professionally with the Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers.
Pearman has scholarship offers from Duke, North Carolina, and Tennessee, while being recruited by Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina State, Wake, and Notre Dame as well.
"Some people are recruiting me as a running back and some for defensive back," Pearman said. "North Carolina wants me as a defensive back initially but will continue to watch and see if I would fit in their needs as a running back. Duke likes me as a running back. They are losing their running backs and need to find someone to fill the void. I am not sure what position Tennessee is recruiting me for.
"I like playing running back but I enjoy playing defense as well."
Pearman said he is still not sure where he will camp this summer. He did visit Chapel Hill for junior day and came away extremely impressed.
"Everything about it was great," he said. "The campus and facilities were nice, and I was very impressed with the coaching staff."
So is he ready to name any favorites?
"I am going to wait before I name any," Pearman said. "I'd like to take my time and see what's out there. I'm not sure yet when I might commit. It may be early or it may be late."
Pearman said he is not yet sure what his major will be, but he did say that sports medicine is a possibility.
He said that it would be nice to play early, but he is not adverse to redshirting if the coaching staff think it is in his best interest to do so. Pearman also said that distance from home is not a big factor with him. His decision will be based on choosing a school that is the best fit for him.
Finally, Pearman said he will not choose a school based on where his brother went.
Squat: 400 Primary Recruiter: Brewer