Eian Pugh verbally committed to Cincinnati on Christmas Day. Pledges during a pandemic have come with some trepidation due to a year long dead period that prohibits face-to-face contact between prospects and college coaches. Guided campus visits were not allowed.
It's the main reason Pugh is keeping doors in his recruitment open. High school student-athletes can receive a clearer picture of potential future homes when the dead period is scheduled to end on April 15.
Pugh would like to learn more about Iowa, a program that offered him a scholarship on Friday.
"It's highly likely I’ll for sure get out there (for a visit) once the dead period ends. I can’t wait!," the Class of 2022 Oak Park (IL) Fenwick High receiver told HN.
Pugh committed to the Bearcats ahead of offers from Indiana, Ball State, Bowling Green and Howard. He did not play this past fall because the season in Illinois was pushed to this spring due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Hawkeyes saw enough in his sophomore film that led them to offer a scholarship. Receivers coach Kelton Copeland has taken the lead in their pursuit of the junior wideout.
"(Copeland) said that he likes my style of play and that I’m what he’s looking for in a receiver. I definitely feel like it could be a good fit," Pugh said.
The Iowa assistant has made a good early impression.
"I really like coach. He was honest with me and really just put it out there that they want me at Iowa. So, it’s great having that honesty, and I definitely look forward to building that relationship," Pugh said.
He wants more information about what the University of Iowa provides beyond his sport.
"They have a lot to offer with football. They have a great program and great people, but what they can do outside of football to help me?" Pugh said.
"As far as football, I know that Iowa puts a lot of guys in the league. So, that’s one of things I like. It definitely stands out to me."
Pugh is considering majoring in the Sciences, perhaps Sports Medicine.
The Chicago Catholic League and the East Suburban Catholic Conference named Pugh all-League/Conference following a sophomore campaign that saw him catch 53 passes for 802 yards and eight touchdowns.
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