West Portsmouth (Ohio) fullback Trevon Pendleton was putting together another outstanding season for Portsmouth West High until disaster struck in game seven of his senior year. That put recruiting on hold for the 5-11, 231-pound Pendleton, but action is starting pick up again with Signing Day drawing near.
"I broke my leg the seventh game of the season and had to have surgery on it," Pendleton said. "I just got cleared by my surgeon [Tuesday], actually, and a lot of the schools I have been talking to were waiting on that. It will be a 100 percent recovery."
Before the injury, Pendleton held offers from Air Force and Ball State. Those offers are still intact, but more schools are showing interest late in the process.
"I've mainly been talking with Michigan State, Akron, Cincinnati, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ball State and Western Michigan," Pendleton said. "Really, I've just been waiting to take a few visits. I've got a few that I am trying to line up. I would say I will probably go on visits to Akron, Cincinnati and Michigan State."
Cincinnati assistant coach Mark Elder is recruiting Pendleton for the Bearcats and has been keeping close tabs on the in-state fullback throughout the winter.
"I actually talked to him last night or the night before last," Pendleton said. "They were just waiting to see how everything with my leg played out and were going to get me down on a visit."
Michigan State started showing strong interest after Pendleton's senior season, and the Spartans are a team that has caught his interest.
"I've been in contact with Coach [Brad] Salem, the running backs coach, and Coach [Mike] Tressel quite a bit," Pendleston said. "I just sent out a new blocking film and they really liked it. They were just waiting to talk over with the surgeon and make sure everything was going to be a 100 percent recovery."
With just two official visit weekends remaining, and at least three schools Pendleton wants to see, the three-star fullback may take his recruitment out past Feb. 2.
"I would like to sign on Signing Day, but it just depends on how everything is going, who's gotten in contact with my surgeon and how many offers I have on the table," he said.
In seven games Pendleton had 85 carries for 990 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns with two receiving touchdowns. On defense he tallied 75 tackles, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two blocked punts from his linebacker position. Schools continue to look at Pendleton on both sides of the football.
"Some are looking at me for defense, but mainly it is for offense," Pendleton said. "Most schools I have offers from right now said either side of the ball."