Isidora Becomes a Cane

Wanting to make a final college decision once his senior season ended, three-star offensive guard Danny Isidora made his choice to stay close to home and play for the Hurricanes.

MADISON – It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Cypress Bay (Fla) HS offensive lineman Danny Isidora.

With over 30 scholarship offers, Isidora trimmed his scholarship lists down to two and had to make the challenging choice. Does he stay at home and play for Miami, his favorite school growing up and a school that could be hit hard with NCAA sanctions? Or, does he play for a school that has a rich tradition in sending offensive lineman to the NFL in Wisconsin?

After weeks of debating the issue, Isidora finally decided that hometown comfort outweighed everything else.

Isidora is Miami's 28th verbal commitment and the third offensive lineman (Taylor Gadbois and Ereck Flowers).

"He knows the coaching staff pretty well, and was very comfortable with that," Isidora's high school coach Mark Guandolo told Badger Nation. "He really likes the school despite the stuff going on. He felt comfortable with the school and fit in with the players."

Miami was the strong favorite since early in the process, but Wisconsin appeared to jump back into the discussion once the Yahoo! Sports reports broke about Nevin Shapiro's providing impermissible benefits to dozens of University of Miami football players. But even with the program moving forward under a cloud of suspicion, staying close to home and restoring pride to his childhood program was too perfect of a situation.

"He really likes the school," Guandolo said. "He really likes the new staff."

A 6-4, 330-pound senior at Cypress Bay (Fla) HS, Isidora – a three-star offensive guard that is ranked No.49 in the country at his position by Scout.com - projects as a college guard position despite the fact that he played at left tackle for Guandolo.

"He's just a great athlete," Guandolo said. "He has great feet with some quickness in each direction. We have a great strength and conditioning program. Danny does everything the running backs do and the other skill positions. He's lower body is so wide and thick, a guy that can move like that and get on you and run, it's rough tough for the defense, especially with the explosion that he has in his hips. He'd be a great college guard at the next level."

He also fits in as a perfect lineman – a quiet kid that isn't flashy and just likes to go about his business without much fanfare.

"He's a hard worker, a great team player and a great kid," Guandolo said. "He didn't play JV ball and he started as a sophomore in really his first time playing football at the high school level. From there, he just started getting in better and better condition. We work them really hard, and I think his body has changed quite a bit over three years. He stays very grounded, and he doesn't get to wowed by anybody."


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