Did Rutgers Gain on UNC with Issaka's Visit?

Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka told ScarletReport.com last week North Carolina was his leader, but he visited Rutgers over the weekend. Did things change for him? And who is the third team is now in the picture? Also, Issaka could be making his decision on Monday. Check out what is happening with his recruitment inside.

A third team could get into the Max Issaka sweepstakes, but right now the Woodbridge (N.J.) High three-star defensive end is looking primarily at Rutgers and North Carolina.

But is Issaka leaning either way?

"I would say it's a 50-50 right now," Woodbridge High coach Brian Russo said. "I don't know."

Last week Issaka told ScarletReport.com he was leaning toward North Carolina, but that was before he took an official visit to Rutgers.

Since the trip, Russo said Issaka has been advised to lay low and think about the impending decision as Feb. 2 signing day approaches, and the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Issaka is doing that.

"Rutgers did an unbelievable job with him," Russo said. "He told me he really enjoyed it. If he wants to stay close to home, he's going to go to Rutgers. If he wants to go away, he's going to go to North Carolina.

"He hasn't decided about Michigan yet. I don't know if he's going to go, but if he does, that will be another choice."

Michigan offered Issaka recently, but a decision needs to be made about taking an official visit there. That decision could also sway his timetable for an announcement.

"Right now he's between North Carolina and Rutgers," Russo said. "He's thinking about Michigan and taking a visit out there. His mother and father are going to let him know if they want him to.

"Right now it's North Carolina and Rutgers. He's going to make a decision, hopefully, by Monday or next week."

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