Why Did Issaka Say RU May Be "right choice"?

After attending an on-campus event at Rutgers last week, Woodbridge (N.J.) High's Max Issaka said the day taught him why Rutgers "may be the right choice for me." This weekend, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound hybrid defensive end/linebacker expounded on why he said it, and the important things he learned about the Scarlet Knights during his trip last weekend. Go inside to find out why he said what he did.

Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka always liked Rutgers, but after his visit last Sunday to the nearby school he came away impressed.

Issaka said in the hours after the get-together he learned Rutgers "may be the right choice for me,'' and this weekend he expounded on his thoughts behind it.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Issaka had a chance to speak with member of the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff, including head coach Greg Schiano, and was made to understand how he would be used in Rutgers' defense, and how that could help him later in his career.

The Scarlet Knights view Issaka as a hybrid, shifting between a rush-end and linebacker.

"If I go to Rutgers, it's more technical positioning,'' Issaka said. "You just have to do your job. You don't freelance. In the NFL, you have a hybrid, and if you want to make it to the next level like I do, you have to have a hybrid, so Rutgers is perfect for that situation.''

Issaka made 58 tackles and had six sacks as a junior at Woodbridge, and his recruitment has escalated greatly since a strong performance at the Nike Football Training Camp in early May.

Issaka said he doesn't have a leader, but Rutgers and Pittsburgh are recruiting him the hardest. Furthermore, he is trying to set up a visit to western Pennsylvania so he can meet with the Panthers coaching staff and see more of the campus.

"I don't have any leaders right now,'' Issaka said. "All my decisions are family-based and my experience, as I go through my visits, it's yet to be known. But when I go to Pitt, I'll figure out what I want to do, but not right now.''

As for last week's unofficial visit to Rutgers, Issaka enjoyed to the opportunity to sit with some of the top talent in the area and share recruiting stories.

"We got to sit down with all the recruits,'' Issaka said, "the top recruits that mean something to Rutgers, sat down with coach and we talked about everything and our decisions are going to decide (Rutgers' recruiting class). It was a great. It was just a good experience.''


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