Issaka Discusses Rutgers Visit, Timeline

Woodbridge (N.J.) High three-star defensive Max Issaka took an official visit to Rutgers over the weekend, and he spoke to about the trip. He also updated his situation on recruiting, and gave a timeframe for when he hopes to make a decision.

Woodbridge (N.J.) High three-star defensive end Max Issaka knows there is speculation about his future college home, but right now he is trying to talk with his family about his next move.

And, Issaka told, that entails deciding whether to make an official visit this weekend to Michigan, or chose between Rutgers and North Carolina.

If he doesn't trip to Michigan, Issaka said he will decide either Thursday or Friday.

"At this point, Rutgers, and UNC are evenly matched, and then there is Michigan, which is also there," Issaka said. "I mean, it's Michigan. I'm going to see what's going on, and maybe take the Michigan trip."

Issaka said assistant coaches from Rutgers and North Carolina were by the school today.

But Understanding Issaka didn't want to get too heavy into his thought process on picking a school, the focus of the interview turned to how the 6-foot-3, 236-pounder enjoyed his weekend official visit to Rutgers.

He was hosted by middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais, and certainly came across a lot of friendly and familiar faces during the trip.

"The visit, itself, was fun, more from the aspect of relaxing with the people that I know," Issaka said. "As you know, so many kids that are committed, or went on that visit, committed to Pitt, and are people that I know personally, and that I got close to and are fun to know."

Former Pittsburgh commits on the trip included Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova and Woodland Hills (Pa.) High cornerback Lafayette Pitts, both of whom committed to Rutgers, as well as Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High defensive tackle Marquise Wright.

Also, Rutgers commits Keith Lumpkin of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) and Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis both played with Issaka at the Chesapeake Bowl, as did Nova and Pitts.

"We went out to see the city (Times Square), we went bowling," Issaka said. "It was kind of a family-type thing. It made me happy to know that I can be close to home. It was fun. I enjoyed myself."

Issaka also had the opportunity to sit down with Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano during the trip.

"Before I committed to Pitt, I really thought I was going to go to Rutgers, knowing I officially visited Rutgers so many times," Issaka said. "When I committed to Pitt, it just ended on a bad note. When I went to Rutgers, I wanted to clarify what happened in the past."

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