There are players every year who work there way into a division 1A scholarship. These players are normally tough hardnose football players who might not have focused on football in the previous years, worked in the weight room, or had the size that major programs were looking for. Isa Abdul-Quddus might be one of those players. At 6'1"-200lbs, Abdul-Quddus plays LB and FB for Union H.S. As a junior, he registered 118 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 6 sacks, and 2 INTs. For his efforts, he was named defensive player of the year for Union County and 3rd team All-Group IV. This has placed him on the radar of Maryland, Virginia, Norht Carolina, Rutgers, Army, and Boston College.
In previous years, Abdul-Quddus played basketball. In order to focus on football, he quit the team and has focused on preparing for his senior season by running and hitting the weight room. His weight room performance is pretty decent already. He has a 335lb bench press and 425lb squat with a 4.6 forty yard dash. These are some good numbers for a prospect who states his strength as being his speed and ability to make plays from sideline to sideline.
As far as factors for making a decision, he lists the following:
- Academics - "I am looking for a school with a good math or engineering program.
- Coaching staff - "a friendly staff that will push him to be a better player"
- facilities - "a good weight program and weight room. I plan to be there a lot."
Abdul-Quddus will look to put up some great numbers and performance at the U.S. All-American Combine at Rutgers University. Stay tuned to Scout for the results from the national tour of the U.S. All-American Combine, where some of the best athletes in the nation will be in attendance.