When Jacob Isaia joined his Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman teammates for USC’s Elite Trojan Day event, he may have felt like just another Gael in the group with so many familiar faces in attendance.
But the USC coaching staff quickly let Isaia know they had specific interest in him, which surprised him to an extent.
Isaia said it stood out when “a lot of their recruiters were interested in me. They were talking to me, especially Coach [Johnny] Nansen. He goes to Hawaii a lot and he was talking to me a lot too.”
Though Isaia now lives and plays in Las Vegas, he was originally from Hawaii before the family had to move due to business purposes. Nansen, who recruits the islands for USC, apparently had heard good things about the light, but super athletic class of 2018 offensive lineman.
At 6-foot-3, 233-pounds, Isaia produced the second best SPARQ rating for an offensive lineman thus far in this spring’s The Opening Regionals testing. He ran a 4.91 40-yard dash and produced a 36.6-inch vertical to produce a 101.31 rating.
“I think SC is interested in me. I think they see some talent and something in me, I’ve just got to show it,” Isaia said before describing himself as a player: “I listen to my coaches. I do my best. I try to do what they expect me to do and I just ball out.”
The son of former UCLA offensive lineman Sale Isaia, who played two seasons in the NFL, Jacob has a definite interest in the Trojans’ crosstown rival. He joined a smaller group of Bishop Gorman players that took a short visit to Westwood after the USC event. They got an opportunity to see the UCLA locker room while also getting a sneak peek at the new facilities currently being built on campus.
While he doesn’t have a timeline for his future decision, which could end up being nearly two years away, Isaia said USC would join UCLA, Washington and Michigan State under early consideration after the Elite Trojan Day visit.
“It was great. I got to talk to a lot of coaches. I got to see the facilities. I just thought it was amazing.
“Our group went through the facilities and toured the campus and looked around to see the different types of majors. It was just great. I was glad we could see the academic side and the athletic side.”