You show up at a camp and look around and the best looking player physically is someone you have never heard of. Then you find out that he's never played a down of varsity football in a game, but it was obvious looking at Israel Isuman-Hurdley that the chances are pretty good this football thing is going to work out for him.
STILLWATER -- Recruiting followers are always wanting to know about that big surprise, that huge sleeper. It's the prospect that is unknown and then all of a sudden appears and has the potential to be a really good football player and addition to their team. Meet Nigerian-born Israel Isuman-Hurdley. I hadn't until Friday at the first minicamp put on by the Oklahoma State football staff. Isuman Hurdley is a great story that it turns out was first introduced on Scout before anywhere else and by Scout recruiting analyst Greg Powers.
Isuman-Hurdley gained his second scholarship offer on Friday as during a break in camp he told me he was led into head coach Mike Gundy's office for a discussion. Powers, in his story a couple of weeks ago, detailed that he had been offered a scholarship by Baylor. All of this before the 2019 class defensive end even plays a down of varsity high school football at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas. His high school coach was gushing over his find. It turns out that he came to America in November of 2014 looking to play basketball and found another sport captured his passion.
"I moved here to play basketball and I played for two years but then I switched to football," said the enthusiastic 6-4 1/2, 222 pound junior to be this fall. "People say it is a passion. I say it is fun."
Without playing a real down in a real game he has captured the imagination of coaches and will no doubt be seen by more over the summer. He runs track, in fact, he can run the quarter mile pretty good. He ran a 4.73 in the forty and he had a 9'10" standing broad jump. That's pretty explosive. He seems to be having a lot of fun.
"It was unbelievable because the coach invite me to come to this camp to show what I can do," said Isuman-Hurdley, who confirmed he now has two scholarship offers. "I try my best to do what I can do. I played like real well and this was a good camp."
On top of that he is a good student that says he wants to major in Business when he gets to college. It certainly looks like his athletic talents currently being converted into football talent will get that degree and education paid for.