Isaacs is everything you look for in a prototypical Middle Linebacker. At 6-2 230, the Cincinnati Withrow product has the size and strength to handle himself in the trenches and not get caught up in the wash. He is a force in the running game a prep, able to shed blockers and lay some serious wood on opposing Running Backs.
Isaacs is also surprisingly fast for his size. He is able to track sideline-to-sideline to make plays and has the short area speed and quickness to close fast on a RB and get good depth against the passing game.
Just as Isaac fits the mold of what you want on the inside, Stu Stanley is the same in an outside backer.
Stanley comes from one of the top programs in Indiana – Indianapolis Cathedral – a school that produces a handful of FBS level players each and every year. This means Stanley comes from good coaching and mentally has some of the tools you look for in a smart, aggressive LB. The 6-1 215 Stanley also plays in the Irish defense as a hybrid Rover type meaning he is able to mix it up in the running game as well as play as an additional Safety against passing teams.
Stanley is a good, but not great athlete, but what he lacks in sheer athleticism, he more than makes up for in savvy, instincts and football IQ. Stanley has a nose for the ball and seems to always be in position to make a play. Stanley plays downhill against the run and has more than adequate pass vs. run recognition skills. As a pass defender, Stanley has lined up even at DB in his prep career and brings good instincts and ball skills to the secondary. His home though, is certainly going to be at LB in college.
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