Now that Bishop Gorman (NV) 2018 offensive lineman Jacob Isaia has officially signed with #15 Michigan State, the 3-star recruit has turned his attention to doing a little bit of recruiting of his own, as well as playing in one final prep football game later this month.
Spartan Nation spoke with Isaia about officially signing with Michigan State and he said that he’s both relieved and excited to officially be a Spartan.
“It felt great,” he said. “All of the responsibilities, I can put them all to Michigan State. My parents are happy, it’s just a great relief. The process was fun and all, but it had to end somewhere and I’m glad I chose Michigan State.”
The grandson of Spartan legend Bob Apisa, Isaia also added that he was excited to pass along the news to his grandfather after officially choosing the Spartans.
“It was great,” he said. “He cried, he was so happy, he was at a loss for words. It was just great to tell him finally, where I was going.”
But now that his recruiting process is officially in the rearview mirror, Isaia is excited to see that a teammate of his, wide receiver Jalen Nailor, who holds an offer from the Spartans is being heavily recruited by Michigan State and hopes that the 3-star wide receiver joins him in East Lansing.
“I’m just glad that Michigan State is looking at him,” he said. “He’s a really good tool to use and he’s a really good player on and off the field. His nickname is ‘Speedy’ so you know he’s really quick. I’ve seen his speed, I know what he’s capable of and I’m glad that Michigan State is still looking at him and is still in contact with him.”
Nailor, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver who is known for his speed, currently holds 10 offers, including offers from Utah, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Wisconsin, along with the Spartans.
Isaia admitted that while he is doing some recruiting of his own to try and get Nailor to commit to Michigan State, he’s also encouraging his friend and teammate to make the best decision for him personally.
“A little bit,” he said. “Every time I talk with him and he talks with me, I tell him it’s his decision whether it’s Michigan State or not, it’s up to him, I can only do so much. He usually comes up to me and says ‘Wow, I just watched that Spartan Insider’ – the TV show – or ‘I watched some film from a game and they look pretty good.’ And I said ‘Well, that’s Michigan State’.”
Although Isaia is signed with Michigan State, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman still has one final high school football game to participate in, the Polynesian Bowl, which takes place on January 20th, at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
“It’s truly a blessing, I cannot wait to play in the Poly Bowl,” he said. “It’ll be my last high school game and it’ll be in the place where I started football. I’m just excited.”
Isaia also added that he’s obviously excited to take part in the Polynesian Bowl not only because of his heritage but because of the fact his grandfather has been a great pioneer for Polynesian football players and will be inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame at the Polynesian Bowl later this month.
“It does, being one of the few Polys selected for this bowl is truly a blessing and truly an honor,” he said. “I’m so glad I was selected to play in this bowl game. I know that on a separate celebration, it’s great for grandpa because he now gets a lot of recognition that being one of the few Polys to venture out further than the west coast. I’m glad he did it and hopefully, I’ll be able to get some Polynesian Spartans.”
With his time at the high school level winding down, Isaia still remains focused on improving between now and when he arrives in East Lansing and is motivated to improve different aspects of his game.
Isaia said that while he wants to improve physically, he also wants to prepare himself as best he can from a mental standpoint and getting ready for a higher level of football in college.
“I really want to work on my technique and my fundamentals,” he said. “College is a whole other level of football and I’ve got to prepare for mentally for the game and then physically, I’m hoping to get up to 290 or 300 (pounds) and that’s all just muscle weight and at the same time maintain speed because that’s what Michigan State likes about me, that I’m a fast offensive lineman and that’s what they like – they like athletic linemen.”
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