LB Zayd Issah charged with felony

July, 13, 2013
7/13/13
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Three-star linebacker Zayd Issah, who was expected to join Penn State in January, is in trouble with the law again. And, if the newest allegations are true, head coach Bill O'Brien said he won't be joining the team.

According to police and the criminal docket, State College police were called to Beaver Hill Apartments at 1 a.m. Saturday, when Issah was charged with a felony for aggravated assault, three counts of resisting arrest and one count of marijuana possession. His bail was set at $20,000.

"If this is true, he certainly won't be part of the team," O'Brien said Saturday afternoon.

The newest allegations come four months after Issah faced felony charges for passing off counterfeit $20 bills at a McDonald's in Harrisburg, Pa. As a result of those charges, Issah was recently accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which is open to first-time offenders in an attempt to wipe the criminal charges from their records.

O'Brien initially released Issah from his letter of intent after the first round of charges. But Issah had hoped to join the team in January following a semester at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy.

Issah could not immediately be reached for comment.

"I just got a call from someone in State College, so I don't know too much about it," O'Brien said. "He was not going to be at Penn State this year at all. So I don't know the ins and outs yet; I'm on vacation now -- but he wasn't coming to Penn State this year."

Issah committed to Penn State before the announcement of PSU's sanctions on July 23, 2012. He decommitted in the fall and then re-committed on Dec. 9. He planned to enroll over the summer and compete for immediate playing time until his first run-in with police for attempting to pass off fake $20 bills.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker played in the Big 33 Game last month, which pitted a roster of Pennsylvania all-stars against Maryland, and said then he felt as if PSU treated him fairly.

"It's Linebacker U," Issah said. "Penn State's Linebacker U. That's all I got to say. I got my sights set on PSU right now, unless something changes."

Issah started both ways for Central Dauphin and finished his senior season with 80 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. On offense he had 376 rushing yards, 275 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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