Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.) linebacker Zayd Issah uses the terms “re-opened” and “decommitted” interchangeably when talking about his recruiting situation with Penn State. But that doesn't mean the four-star linebacker has ruled out the Nittany Lions completely. In fact, he still plans on visiting University Park this fall.
“I've been talking to the coaches, and I still want to get up there for a game this season, even though I've been there a bunch of times” Issah said Friday night after his Central Dauphin side fell 24-7 to cross-town rival Bishop McDevitt. “I'm thinking I'll come up for the Ohio State game. I think that will be an awesome atmosphere.”
Issah didn't play in Friday night's loss -- he was suspended for violating team rules -- but the senior was open about why he chose to reassess his situation after the game. He calls his recruitment back at square one, and is revaluating all of his options.
“I think it's just the sanctions,” Issah said. “No one has gotten hit like Penn State did, and even teams that got hit less had a hard time recovering, so I just wanted to take a step back and look at things and get an idea of what's going on up there.”
“The staff said they were glad I as upfront about it, and they said that because I didn't beat around the bush and was honest, they knew they were recruiting the right guy,” he added.
The Class of 2013 member picked up an offer from Oregon shortly after the sanctions hit, and Issah plans to visit Eugene this fall. He's also getting interest from Arizona State and Alabama, but no program stands out to him at this point. As for the Nittany Lions, Issah thinks it will be clear if Penn State is still the school for him.
“I think it will be obvious. I think it will be very easy to tell and see how they take the blow and move on,” he added.
But for now, he'll focus on his senior season, starting next week with Southwestern.
“Things will work themselves out, and when I know, I'll know. It'll be obvious when I know,” Issah said. “I just want to focus on continuing to get better this season.”