Pead Still Hoping for a Buckeye Offer

Columbus Eastmoor running back Isaiah Pead recently completed a successful stint on the Ted Ginn bus tour. Pead has over 20 offers and admits he's still hoping for an offer from Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Bill Greene has the latest on Pead's recruitment.

Columbus Eastmoor's Isaiah Pead has been a hot prospect on the recruiting circuit all year long. Pead has over 20 offers, including Cincinnati, Louisville, West Virginia, Pitt and Wisconsin. He recently completed a successful appearance on the Ted Ginn bus tour and talked about that experience.

"I had a great time on the bus tour," Pead said. "It was tiring mentally. Getting up every day and doing the same thing over and over really tests you. I was in shape physically, but I'm not sure I was ready for the mental part of it. It was great being with a lot of great coaches and being with great players. We really bonded as a team and rooted for each other. After each session we would trash-talk each other in fun, but everybody got along really well. I would recommend the bus tour for any younger guy thinking about going next year. To be able to work out in front of 14 schools in that short of a time period is awesome. For the small amount of money it costs, it's definitely worth it."

Pead rushed for over 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior. He also made 39 tackles and intercepted 4 passes. He said most schools are recruiting him as a running back and possibly a defensive back. The lone exception was Ohio State, which is recruiting him strictly as a defensive back.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a running back first, then possibly as an athlete," Pead admitted. "It doesn't matter to me where I play and that won't have an effect on my decision. Ohio State is the only school that's recruiting me as a defensive back only. At the end of the bus tour we went to Ohio State and I worked out as a defensive back, which was the first time I've done that in a while."

Pead admitted that he wasn't at his best at Ohio State but felt the Buckeye coaching staff understood his performance was coming at the end of a grueling bus tour.

"I was a little rusty and a little sore at Ohio State," Pead explained. "I wasn't horrible, but I wasn't at my best either. I'd call it OK. That's not an excuse, but I know I could have done better. I needed to stay lower in the drills, but my groin was bothering me and that made it tough. The coaches knew the situation. I talked with coach [Paul] Haynes after camp and he told me I did a good job and said they would keep in touch. He said they still are thinking of offering me and they would stay in touch. I don't know what they're going to do. I'm hoping for an offer obviously. I work out at Ohio State with Dionte Johnson and I talk to coach [Jim] Tressel when I'm up there. They tell me I'm still in the running for an offer and I'm just waiting to see what happens. I wouldn't automatically verbal to Ohio State even if they do offer. I want to give every school an equal chance and see what situation is best for me. I don't have a favorite at all. I'm a huge Buckeye fan and I love Ohio State but this is a business decision. That won't impact my decision."

Pead isn't in a hurry to make a decision and hopes to take his time and find the right school for him.

"There are still schools in touch with me that haven't offered," he said. "I'm still interested in Michigan State and Michigan. I'm waiting to see what they might do yet. It's still early in my decision process. It's been exciting talking to the college coaches and meeting people that I've only seen on television. I don't feel the need to make a decision before the season starts. I'll start getting ready for our season and just let the recruiting stuff take care of itself. I just feel that when the right school comes along, I'll know it's the right one and I'll just make my choice and be done with it. That time hasn't come yet."

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