There aren't too many spots left in Cincinnati's 2008 recruiting class, but the Bearcats would like to add a few more quality players. One young man planning to visit Cincinnati in the next few weeks is Isaiah Pead from Columbus Eastmoor Academy High School.
The 5' 11"/180 pound running back had eye popping numbers this season. MaxPreps lists Pead with 141 carries for 1,615 yards to go with 33 touchdowns leading Eastmoor Academy to a 9-1 record. He was also chosen as the Division III "Player of the Year."
When Bearcat Insider spoke with Pead on Wednesday evening, he confirmed that he has scheduled an official visit to the Queen City. "Yes, I have a visit scheduled for the last weekend in January. It's the last weekend before I can sign."
Pead's grades are apparently a concern for the over twenty schools that have made scholarship offers, but Isaiah said he's making improvements in that area. "Things look good. I've changed my schedule a little bit. I'm taking some classes on the computer to boost some grades I got in the earlier years, and I'm taking the (ACT) test again this weekend." This will be Pead's second attempt at taking the ACT.
Cincinnati's main competition in securing Pead's services appear to be Indiana, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. Isaiah has scheduled official visits to each school and explained the reason why. "These are the four schools that have kept in contact with me."
When asked what he liked about Cincinnati, Isaiah replied, "The location and their offense." Pead made an unofficial visit to Cincinnati for the Louisville game. He continues talking about what he liked about the Bearcats. "I think I can contribute to the team early, either by starting or giving the starter a rest with the team not missing a beat."
Isaiah, who claims 4.36 forty speed, says people shouldn't read too much into him making Cincinnati his final visit. "It was just the way it worked out."
Eastmoor Academy used Pead on both offense and defense. He even had an interception at safety, but Isaiah said all the schools are recruiting him as a running back.
Bearcat Insider will continue to follow Isaiah's recruitment.
With nineteen recruits already verbally committed, the University of Cincinnati is looking to add a few more quality football players. Bearcat Insider spoke to one on Wednesday evening.
One of Ohio's top prospects will make a visit to Cincinnati in the coming weeks.