4-Star Defensive End Adisa Isaac Signs Letter Of Intent With Penn State

By Matthew Filipovits on December 19, 2018 at 8:55 am
Adisa Isaac officially signed his letter of intent with Penn State during the early signing period in December.

Welcome to early signing period for the 2019 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

The Nittany Lions received a big boost on Monday when Adisa Isaac announced his commitment to Penn State. The top-ranked player in New York will give Sean Spencer another elite edge rusher to work with.

Adisa Isaac
Position: Weak-side defensive end
Height/Weight: 6'5/220 lbs.
High School: Canarsie (NY)
247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9625)
Positional Rank: No. 79 Overall, No. 4 Weak-side defensive end, No. 1 in New York
Commitment Date: December 17, 2018

247SPorts Scouting Report

Uber athletic with great length. Is 6-5, 220, but has frame to carry 240 pounds easily. Is dominant off the edge. Great burst, body control and closing speed. Long strides at get-off allows him to get around edge in three steps. Flexible. Dips shoulder and corners well. Possesses nice swim move. Loose athlete is also a good basketball player. Very good at backside pursuit. Can drop into coverage. Has to get stronger to deal with college offensive tackles. Improved ability to disengage, but must continue to work on using his hands to offset initial punch. Needs to play lower in running game and show he can be effective when teams run at him. Overall technique improvement needed. Can be a dominant player at an elite Power 5 program with first-round NFL draft pick potential. (More at 247Sports)

NFL Comparison: Chandler Jones

RLR's Take

Isaac can beat you in just about every way imaginable. He's fast enough to blow right by you, strong enough to push you out of his way, and has a motor that never quits. A sure tackler, his highlight tape is littered with big hits on quarterbacks. He's the kind of player who can knock the ball free on every play and could be a turnover machine. He has the ability to slide inside and play defensive tackle when needed, similar to the role Ryan Buchholz and Yetur Gross-Matos have played in past seasons.

Moving Forward

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Even if Miller goes off to the NFL, the Nittany Lions are very deep at defensive end. While he's more refined than Jayson Oweh and Nick Tarburton were at this time last year, Isaac could find himself in a similar situation. He will probably see snaps in the first two games, allowing the staff to figure out what to do with him. If he does indeed continue to play, he'll likely be a key part of the defensive line rotation and could pair with Toney to form a fearsome pass rush on passing downs. He will compete for a starting job as early as 2020 and has the potential to be the team's best defensive lineman by 2021.


2019 Defensive End Scholarship Chart
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Shareef Miller* Daniel Joseph*   Jayson Oweh*
  Shane Simmons*   Nick Tarburton*
  Shaka Toney*   Hakeem Beamon
  Yetur Gross-Matos   Adisa Isaac

* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Adisa.