Even though Bishop Gorman (NV) OG Jacob Isaia grew up 4,000 miles away from Ann Arbor and his uncle and grandfather played football for Michigan State, he is interested in the Wolverines.
“My mom went to Michigan State and my grandfather was an All-American fullback and the first Polynesian to play at Michigan State, so that was a big school for my family growing up,” Isaia said.
The Hawaiian native Isaia is an offensive lineman, projected offensive guard by the Michigan coaching staff, has moved to Nevada where he will be a junior at Bishop Gorman this fall. The 6’3, 245-pounder visited Michigan in April and is working on plans to return in August for the Barbecue at the Big House. Those plans are not finalized.
“I had an amazing visit; beautiful campus, incredible education, unmatched football tradition, and very friendly and helpful coaching staff. It would be an honor to play for Michigan, I look forward to visiting again and hopefully for an official visit (as a senior),” Isaia said.
“I’m still in contact with coach (Tony) Tuioti and coach (Antonio) Bam (Richards)… Very high on my list,” Isaia added.
BYU was the first school to offer Isaia when they offered on Tuesday. Isaia said that UNLV, Hawaii, Washington State, Michigan, and Michigan State are the schools he has the most contact with that could be close to offering.
“I just received my first offer from BYU today. I’ve visited Michigan State, Ohio State, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State, Utah, San Diego State, UNLV, and Boise State. I’m also in contact with a few more,” Isaia said.
With Michigan State, Isaia visited for the spring game with his grandfather and enjoyed it. However, his family ties to Michigan State will not play a major factor in his final decision should he receive an offer from the Spartans.
“It’s big, but not the only thing I’m looking at. I’m looking for a great education and fit with the coaching staff and fellow players. Those are the most important factors to me,” Isaia said.
Going into his junior season, Isaia has yet to hit the national radar. Look for his stock to rise exponentially once film at Bishop Gorman comes out during and after the season.