Pead Gives Pitt Slight Edge

Pittsburgh already has a future All-American in the backfield in running back LeSean McCoy and has hauled in two other four-star recruits in Gateway's Cameron Saddler and Wilmington Area's Chris Burns, however they are still looking to add more talent to the roster with Isaiah Pead, an athlete who visited the campus this weekend from his home in Columbus, Ohio.

Isaiah Pead had always liked Pittsburgh leading up to this weekend, but the 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back had never visited the city, so he didn't have a great feel for what it would be like to go to school there. After an official visit in which he was able to meet the coaches, student body and some other members of the team however, Pead now claims that the Panthers hold a small lead for his services.

"It was a great experience and the city was great," Pead explained. "I had always liked Pittsburgh as a team, but had never been to the city before, so coming out and seeing how big the campus and city were in person was really cool. My host was Kevin Collier and he took us to where he lives and then gave us a tour of everything. We went all around Oakland, saw where we would be living and then he took us to the top floor of the building right next to the chapel so we could catch a view of the entire city which was really nice."

Pead was definitely impressed with the campus and city, but his hosts at Pitt also made sure the athlete from Eastmoor Academy had some fun on his visit as well.

"We went out with our hosts and I showed off my dance moves," Pead said. "It was me, J.D. Woods, Manny Williams, Ronald Hobby and Kevin. I was definitely the best dancer there of course. After that we went back to Kevin's place and I met LeSean McCoy because they are roommates. He was a down to earth dude and was real cool. I like him a lot, Shady is just Shady."

The coaching staff and atmosphere seemed to really impress Pead.

"The coaching staff really stood out to me," Pead stated. "The approached you as friends instead of coaches whom I liked because you want to be around people that know when to be serious and know when to just be laid back. I thought all the people on campus were cool too because they don't treat their football players likes Gods there unlike a lot of other schools. The fact that they interact and share so much with the Steelers was also another cool thing."

Where does this visit put Pitt in the race for Pead?

"Like I said, I had never been there before, but after being on campus I liked it a lot there. I would give the visit a 9 out of 10 and am leaning toward Pitt a bit right now, but not drastically."

The Ohio standout will make a final visit to Cincinnati and then will announce his intentions on signing day.

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