Issaka To Visit Rutgers?

Like many of the former Pittsburgh commits, Woodbridge (N.J.) High's Max Issaka's situation has sparked a rush in his recruitment. Rutgers, North Carolina and Central Florida are the three schools involved. Issaka already made a trip to UNC, but will Rutgers get a visit? And where does UCF stand in things?

Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka's de-commitment from Pittsburgh has opened the door for Rutgers to move in, and the Scarlet Knights are in his final three.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Issaka will make an official visit to Rutgers, according to Barons coach Brian Russo, either the weekend of Jan. 21 or Jan. 28.

"He was at North Carolina over the weekend," Russo said. "He enjoyed the trip to North Carolina and I believe he's going to go to Rutgers either Jan. 21 or Jan. 28. He needs to decide whether he wants to go to Central Florida for a trip.

"He's up in the air with what he wants to do right now. I told him it's getting time to pick where you want to go."

Furthermore, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano met with Russo this morning, and is scheduled to meet with Issaka and his family today.

"I told him to take a trip to Rutgers," Russo said. "That's what I'm advising them to do. Rutgers has been unbelievable to him. He committed to Pittsburgh and Rutgers left him alone. Then, when he de-committed, Rutgers started recruiting him again."

"Everyone wants to make him as a 3-4 linebacker rushing the passer, or at defensive end," Russo said. "He's got great body and strength to get to the quarterback."

Issaka had 46 tackles and 1½ sacks as a senior, but his numbers were down because Woodbridge played four option teams.

"He expected more out of himself and is kind of kid when motor is running full tilt, he's a problem for everybody," Russo said. "He's a good kid, works hard and practices hard. The upside is tremendous for him."

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