Indianapolis – Furman cornerback Ryan Steed loved playing basketball in high school, and was recruited by a number of schools, including Harvard. But Steed opted for a career in football instead, and thus passed up a chance to become the next Jeremy Lin, the Knicks’ point guard who emerged from obscurity at Harvard and has burst onto the NBA scene over the last month.
“I had some Ivy League schools offer scholarships – Harvard, Brown – but I pulled out my senior year and told them I was focusing on football,” said Steed, who might be drafted as high as the second round.
No regrets about not being the next Jeremy Lin?
“I’m not 6-3, 200 pounds,” said Steed, who is 5-10, 195 pounds. “I think I made the right decision. I love basketball, but I’m a football player now. I fell in love with the game my senior year in high school and haven’t looked back since. I always had the talent and playmaking ability. Just going out there and realizing that I loved it, I felt like I had a chance to play at this [NFL] level.”
Steed does keep up with Lin, though.
“I watch him. He’s a great player,” Steed said. “The kid can play.”