Class of 2013: Welcome, Zayd Issah

Patrick Smith

Penn State Football Class of 2013: the early enrollees, the Signing Day commits, and the names that Steve and Jack will be calling for years to come.

Zayd Issah was on Penn State's radar pretty early on in 2012, and received his official offer to become a Nittany Lion at the University's Junior Day. He visited again for Blue/White weekend, then originally pulled the trigger and committed to PSU in June.

Then Hurricane Fremmert hit.

Issah was the fifth player of the 2013 class to decommit (officially just "reopening his recruitment") from Penn State after the sanctions hit--but he was the only one who publicly stated that PSU was still a frontrunner, stating even on the day of his decommitment that his top choice would still be to don the blue and white. And even though his recruitment was still technically open, Issah didn't take any more official visits (he had visited Oregon before his original commitment to the Nittany Lions), and once again stated his intention to come to Happy Valley as one of a trio of commits BOB secured early in December.

One of the complaints surrounding the previous coaching staff was their inability to lure top notch in-state talent to PSU. While relationships with local high schools can't be rebuilt in a year, BOB and staff are trying to turn this around, and Issah is a step in that direction, hailing from Harrisburg's Central Dauphin High School (the alma mater of fellow Nittany Lion Evan Schwan).

Though he spent time on both sides of the football in high school, Issah was recruited primarily as a linebacker, having won several awards despite missing some of his senior year due to injury.

Welcome to Penn State, Zayd.


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