Isaiah Pead from Columbus Eastmoor was one of the standout players on Ted Ginn Sr.’s annual bus tour which rolled through Ohio State on Tuesday on its final stop.
Pead (5-11, 188, 4.37) was Ohio’s Division IV Player of the Year as a junior in 2006 when he rushed for 1,750 yards and 25 touchdowns. He is being recruited primarily as a cornerback by Ohio State, but every school on his list has promised to give him a look on offense as well.
Pead already holds scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami University, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.
He hails from the same high school as Archie Griffin and there’s no doubt he would love an offer from hometown Ohio State.
But the Buckeyes have not offered him a scholarship at this time.
“No, they haven’t,” Pead said. “I am leaving Ohio State right now where we just finished a workout. This is the last stop on the bus tour. The Ohio State coaches just told me, ‘Good job,’ and that they would be in touch.”
And despite his already impressive list of offers, if OSU did offer, Pead would likely accept on the spot. And what else would you expect from a Columbus kid who grew up in the shadow of the university?
“I’ve always been a Buckeye fan and a good friend of mine – Dionte Johnson – went to Eastmoor,” Pead said. “I’ve talked to (head coach Jim) Tressel every now and then. He told me before this camp that he wanted to see me at this camp. I know he is looking at me as a cornerback because he thinks that is where I will be better suited later in life.”
Pead doesn’t know the two-time Heisman Trophy winning Griffin very well, but he does have some ties to him beyond going to the same high school.
“I haven’t talked to Archie Griffin a lot, but I do know a lot about him with him going to Eastmoor and because my grandfather played against Archie in high school,” Pead said. “They graduated the same year and played against each other in the City League championship game. My grandfather played for Linden-McKinley. He used to joke that he tried to twist Archie’s ankle, but he was just too good. It didn’t matter what you would do. Eastmoor won, obviously.”
As for the Ginn bus tour, Pead is glad he went along for the ride, but he is also ready to take a long nap.
“This has been one big, long trip,” Pead said. “I’m ready to get home and get in a bed.
“All of us were on one big bus and most of the time was just spent on bus traveling. A lot of bonding took place with teammates and people from places all over Ohio. I can’t even remember all the schools we went to. We went to a bunch of MAC schools, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois Purdue, Wisconsin and now here at Ohio State.”
Pead was asked if any funny stories emerged from the trip.
“Yeah, I would say the Glenville guys signing every night was pretty funny,” he said. “They were crazy and they just love to sing. The Glenville coaches were our chaperones and there was a lot of cracking going on.”
But when it came time for business, Pead was able to perform. His best 40 time of trip was a blazing 4.37.
“Yeah, I was definitely happy with that,” he said. “I was kind of shocked. My best time other than that was a 4.41. Some places I didn’t run the 40. It rained at Ohio State today so I just did one-on-ones.
“I think I could have done a better job today. I need to stay lower when I do the DB drills. But overall, for doing a camp every day, sometimes two a day, I think I did pretty well on this trip.”
Pead talked about his big 2006 season and how he persevered through some injuries and helped Eastmoor reach the playoffs in D-IV, Region 15 (finished with a 7-4 record).
“Before the season started getting to the playoffs and winning state player of the year was my motivation and I wrote it on the top of my paper,” Pead said. “I just stayed motivated. I got injured right away when the season started with a deep thigh bruise. I only played the first half of a lot of games and if we had a decent lead I wouldn’t play in the second half to rest it. I thought I had a chance at getting something and I just kept fighting and it turned out to be a good year. You can’t let anything take you down.”
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