Issah Out at Penn State (For Now)

Legal issues have waylaid the top linebacker's Nittany Lion career before it even began. But the door is not closed on him still eventually landing in Happy Valley

One of the top prospects in Penn State's 2013 recruiting class will not be playing football for the Nittany Lions next season.

Harrisburg, Pa., linebacker Zayd Issah was recently implicated in a scheme to pass counterfeit money at a fast-food restaurant in his hometown. He faces felony charges of forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 9.

On Wednesday, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien told the Associated Press that Issah will not be with the team this fall. But he did not rule out the possibility of the FOX Sports NEXT four-star prospect joining the Nittany Lions in the future.

“We want what's best for Zayd,” O'Brien told the AP. “We don't think Zayd is a bad kid at all. We think he's a young guy that's made a couple questionable decisions. His next move will be determined by him. … He will not be here next year to play football at Penn State, but eventually could end up at Penn State down the road.”

Issah was expected to compete for a backup linebacker spot and contribute on special teams in 2013.

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