Recently, 2018 3-star offensive guard Jacob Isaia’s list of potential schools has grown tremendously as he has developed into one of the top interior linemen in the country. He has the option to play almost anywhere in the nation as teams try to recruit him as hard as possible.
Isaia has enjoyed getting the chance to travel all around to visit each school and get a chance to talk to all of the coaches. Spartan Nation caught up with him to talk about the process. With all these options open, Isaia said it will be tough to decide because each school has something unique to offer.
“It’s going to be a really hard decision,” Isaia told Spartan Nation. “There is always something different and something I like from every single school I visit.”
The Las Vegas native has received looks from Michigan State, Virginia, Arizona, Brigham Young, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nevada, Ole Miss, Oregon State, San Diego State, Syracuse, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Washington State, Michigan, TCU, USC, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
That is a lot of big time programs that have seen plenty of success, but Michigan State has something none of the others have; a legacy connection.
His grandfather is former running back Bob Apisa who played under Duffy Daugherty during the Spartans’ national championship teams in 1965 and 1966.
However, Isaia’s favorite part about Michigan State so far has been their steady, but relaxed approach to recruiting him. It is clear he is a priority to the coaches since quarterback coach and recruiting coordinator Brad Salem and offensive line coach Mark Staten have been out to Bishop Gorman High School to visit him recently, but the university has told him to enjoy his recruitment and to make sure he looks at every school before he makes his decision.
“I love the Michigan State community, because they’re not pushing me as hard as some of the other schools I’m talking too,” Isaia told Spartan Nation. “They tell me to enjoy the process.”
The other connection Isaia has to Michigan State is that his teammate, 2017 3-star wide receiver Jalen Nailor, has received an offer from the university. Spartan Nation’s Justin Wieber caught with him and will have an article soon.
Although he has received so many offers, Isaia has done his best to keep it all in perspective and not to let it get to his head. He credits is family and his coaches for helping him manage his incredibly hectic recruiting life.
“My family has given me a lot of support and have me manage all of this,” Isaia told Spartan Nation. “The coaches at my school have really helped talking to all of the college coaches and managing my recruiting too.”
It looks like one of the biggest rivals to gain the 6-foot-3 and 272 pounds lineman is P.J. Fleck and his new regime at Minnesota. Isaia knew next to nothing about the Gophers, but has been very impressed with the team’s current situation and the potential future for them.
“I really didn’t know what to expect and they really surprised me,” Isaia told Spartan Nation. “I didn’t realize they’re record last year was pretty good. They’re a growing team and coach Fleck is really good too.”
Isaia spoke highly of the new head coach of the Gophers and offensive line coach Ed Warinner. He likes that they both talk to them as straight forward as possible. There is no beating around the bush when they speak.
“Coach Fleck is straight forward and he talks to me about what I need to do and work on,” Isaia told Spartan Nation. “Coach Warinner is a good coach and also straight forward with me.”
Isaia plans on narrowing down his long list sometime this summer around June or July and wants to make a commitment around the end of August, right before his last season at high school starts.
In the meantime, Isaia wants to work on becoming a good leader for his team and building a good relationship with the new coaches coming in at Bishop Gorman.
“I got to focus and lead the team since I’m going to be a leader this year,” Isaia told Spartan Nation. “I want to work on establishing a relationship and have a good sense of plays with the new coaching staff coming in.”
Keep it tuned to Spartan Nation for the latest on Isaia and his recruitment.