While he has strong ties to Michigan State, 2018 offensive lineman Jacob Isaia, a 3-star recruit out of Bishop Gorman high school in Nevada is weighing all of his options as he’s seen his recruitment take off in recent months.
Isaia, the grandson of Bob Apisa, a running back on Michigan State’s 1965 and 1966 National Championship teams, landed an offer from the Spartans back in January and currently holds 20 offers and he recently spoke with Spartan Nation about the recruiting process.
“It’s been a really good and great process,” Isaia said. “I like talking to all of these coaches and there’s always something different and something that I like from every single school that I go to, so it’s going to be a really hard decision.”
Along with his Michigan State offer, Isaia currently holds offers from Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona and several others.
Isaia, who has been in touch with Michigan State quarterbacks coach Brad Salem recently, said that he appreciates the way he’s been recruited by the Spartans and the fact that they’re allowing him to take his time when it comes to making a decision.
“I love the Michigan State community, because they’re not pushing me as hard as some of the schools that I’m talking to,” he said. “They’re like enjoy the process and look at every school before you make the right decision and they also just offered our receiver, over here at Gorman.”
The receiver that Isaia was referencing is Jalen Nailor, a 3-star receiver from Bishop Gorman, and Isaia had high praise for his teammate who was recently offered by the Spartans.
“His name is Jalen Nailor but we all call him speedy over here,” he said. “He’s a great receiver, he started for us last year and he’s going to start again, but he’s also going to play defense this year too.”
While nothing is set in stone, Isaia said that he hopes announce his commitment before the start of the high school football season, but likely not until the end of the summer.
Another team that Isaia has shown interest in is Minnesota and the 6-foot-3, 272 pound offensive lineman admitted that new head coach P.J. Fleck and the Golden Gophers have made a big impression on him since receiving an offer back in March and visiting the school in mid-April.
“They really surprised me,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know anything about Minnesota and I hadn’t realized that their record last year was actually pretty good. They’re a growing team and coach Fleck is a really good and straight forward coach, he’s just straight forward with me he talks to me about what I need to do, what I need to work on and coach Ed Warinner, the O-line coach over there, he’s a good coach too and he’s very straight forward with me too.”
But Isaia still has his focus on playing football at the high school level and heading into his senior year, the 3-star recruit is embracing the opportunity to take on a bigger leadership role this fall.
“Right now, I really have just got to focus down and lead the team, I’m probably going to be one of the leaders this year,” he said. “I also have to work on establishing the relationship and a good sense of the plays. We’ve got a new O-line coach and a couple of coaching staff changes, so we’re just trying to get everything settled before we start in August.”