Despite being a Penn State lean since the spring of his junior year, Adisa Isaac took his time in his recruitment. He took an official visit to Texas A&M in April, an official to Penn State in September, and then an official to Miami in November, before making the call for the Nittany Lions two days before the early signing period.
Great frame and length at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. Long arms and the frame to hold 255 pounds in a couple years. From an athletic perspective, not much else you can ask for from Isaac. Explosive kid with an elite first step. Already does a good job with his hand movement — displays a swim that he uses often to beat defenders inside. Shows the ability to get skinny and dip his shoulder. Appears to have a really good motor too, which is always a plus with an athlete of his caliber.
Like any young defensive end, will need to work on his pad level in the run game, though he should become more stout naturally as he adds weight. Other than that, it’s the obvious stuff — refining technique, developing more pass rushing moves, etc. — that Isaac will have to iron out.
Although Isaac is supremely talented and there is always a role for someone who can get after the quarterback, I think a redshirt year is likely in order. Penn State, at least right now, has a legitimate three-deep at defensive end with Yetur Gross-Matos, Shane Simmons, Shaka Toney, Jayson Oweh, Daniel Joseph, and Nick Tarburton. While Isaac might be the second best pure pass rusher out of that group (after Toney), he could use a year to get up over 240 pounds, and to become a more complete defensive end.