2018 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) lineman Jacob Isaia has seen some of the top west coast schools take a look at him. He also was one of the top performers at the Oakland regional of The Opening, saying he improved on his one-on-one game.
Isaia is the only player returning from last year’s offensive and defensive lines. He has the capability to play center and guard on offensive line and interior tackle on defense.
“It's up to the coaching staff and what the team needs from me if they need to me to play center or guard or if they need me to play defense at tackle I wouldn't mind doing that.”
Isaia’s versatility is partially due to Bishop Gorman’s offense.
“I've been able to adapt to different situation since Gorham runs so many different formations on our offense,” Isaia said. “I'm very, versatile and able to adapt to whatever formation that colleges put me in.”
While competing in Oakland, Isaia also visited Stanford during their junior day. While the Cardinal have addressed the offensive line and then some in their past two classes and scholarships may be limited at that position group, Isaia is impressed with the Cardinal and hopeful for an offer.
“All colleges are great and an offer is an offer," Isaia said. "But Stanford really stood out because they were very serious and they were really considering me as one of the guys they want to offer."
He holds a 3.0 GPA and has taken the SAT and ACT, and he hopes to camp with Stanford this summer. The three-star recruit has offers from Arizona, BYU, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Syracuse, UCLA, Utah, Virginia and Washington Sate, among others.
He also hopes to visit Oregon, Washington and Virginia.
His weight is now up to 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, another reason he feels his recruitment has picked up.
“It shows my hard work is starting to pay off,” Isaia said. “A lot of colleges are starting to notice my talent and my ability to adapt to change.”