Isaac Maselera: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Glenpool High School head coach Steve Edwards about Isaac Maselera, a 6-0, 190-pound safety from Glenpool, Okla.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Steve Edwards: He's really a strong student first and foremost. I think the days of the old, dump jock no longer exist, and I think he just really epitomizes the student-athlete by what he does in the classroom. (On the field), he's extremely fast and very strong. He's so versatile. With his frame, speed and athleticism there are so many places he can help you in a football game. I think he's going to be a great addition to Oklahoma State's football team.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Steve Edwards: Naturally the speed of the game. Every level you move up, whether it's going from high school to NAIA, the speed just gets faster. Sure he's a fast kid but you've got to learn how to play fast too. I think that will be the biggest adjustment but once he kind of gets the feel for that he'll be fine.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Steve Edwards: I can remember one for sure. It just so happens it's one that Coach (Joe) DeForest was there to watch him. We were playing here against Seminole and he got turned around in the secondary and a guy had him beat. (The receiver) was behind him and they throw a post route over the middle, he bails back and jumps, we have a picture of it in our field house where his waist is above this guy's head, and he knocks the ball out of bounds. It was just a great play. That one stands out when you see a guy with the speed and athleticism to do that. I'm sure it impressed Coach DeForest too.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Steve Edwards: Smart, fast, and strong.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Steve Edwards: I think OSU, you can't really call them on a team on the rise anymore because I think they've risen ... I think he sees it as a growth situation. They play in such a great venue there now and they take a backseat to nobody as far as facilities are concerned. I think any recruit that walks in there and sees what they've done with that stadium has to be extremely impressed. I know it impressed him. His mother is an Oklahoma State grad, and I'm sure that had something to do with it too. He got a chance to talk to some of the coaches there and work out with them at camps ... there's something to be said for who a kid is going to call a coach, and he feels like he's going to have a good relationship with the coaches there.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Steve Edwards: I know he's going to be a great ambassador for Oklahoma State, and he's also an ambassador that comes from Glenpool High School. They're getting more than just an athlete in him. I think he's going to be a great ambassador for the school. I hope he's a part of the winning tradition there. I can assure you that the coaches will know who he is and the players will know who he is, and he'll be a leader on the practice field and in games.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Steve Edwards: He always had just a great attitude and is a very likeable person. I think the thing I'm going to miss is his personality and his leadership.


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