Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and now a Bishop Gorman Gael, 2018 three-star offensive guard and legacy recruit Jacob Isaia is on Michigan State’s (MSU) radar. His grandfather Bob Apisa played fullback for MSU from 1965 to 1967. He rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a Spartan while earning All-American honors twice in his injury-shortened career. Jacob holds an offer from BYU and is hearing from many top colleges across the nation.
Jacob made the move to Las Vegas, Nevada to play for Bishop Gorman, a national powerhouse, after his sophomore season at Iolani School in Hawaii. This season was his first as a Gael and he described his experience. “I think it was a great season in improving my skills. The biggest improvement was my run blocking. I really had to work on technique and endurance to keep on pounding.” Jacob also pointed out the areas of his game that need improvement, “I would like to improve my pass protection however. I need to get better footwork and a punch.”
Moving from Hawaii to Nevada is a big change for anyone, and Jacob noticed the differences in the football side of the move. “It's a lot different. Gorman runs the ball a lot more than Iolani and it's more competitive. They both had set high expectations for me and did a good job preparing me for the next level.”
The 6’3” 265 pound offensive guard is taking his time with his recruitment. As he holds one offer already, he believes many more will come. “I haven't focused on any schools yet because I have time to choose and I've been working a lot with football. The schools that are showing the most interest are Michigan State, WSU, Washington, BYU, USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Utah, and Vanderbilt,” Jacob stated. At this time Jacob plans to visit MSU, BYU, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Washington State, University of Washington, University of Arizona, Colorado University, Hawaii, and UNLV this spring and summer.
Jacob Isaia has already visited Michigan State, most recently for the 2016 spring game, in which he visited with his grandfather, Bob Apisa.
Commenting on what an offer from MSU would mean to him, Jacob stated “I would love to get an offer from them.” It would be very hard for Jacob to pass up the opportunity to carry on the legacy at MSU.
Scout ranks Jacob Isaia a three-star offensive guard in the class of 2018. Spartan Nation will follow Jacob through his spring and summer visits.