Zayd Issah still mulling PSU commitment

Commit Zayd Issah said he'd like to visit Penn State for the game against Ohio State. Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

Zayd Issah (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) is still mulling over his commitment to Penn State and would prefer to make a decision soon, but he does not have a timetable.

"For me, I just want to see how they move forward from it," Issah said, referring to the sanctions. "So I want to see, because of all the talk and all the support -- it's great they have people backing them -- but I just really want to see how they rebound."

The three-star athlete said he has not reached out to any other coaches and has no plans to visit other schools. He received only one new offer since the sanctions, from Oregon.

"I'd like to really decide soon so I can let the coaches know," Issah added. "I know they're not stressing on me, I'd just like to have an answer. I'm going to talk about it with my family a little more, and I'm going to weigh the pros and cons."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound in-state product said he has no current plans to attend Penn State's home opener Sept. 1 against Ohio. But he wants to be in the stands for the Oct. 27 "White-Out" game against Ohio State.

"I thought the atmosphere would be crazy," he said.

Issah talked with his parents about the potential visit, and his mother offered some advice he plans to follow: Go to a school you'd want to attend if there was no football.

The state's 24th best recruit declined to name other schools he might consider if he eliminated Penn State. But Oregon, Arizona State and Maryland could be among the contenders.

Issah spoke softly about the sanctions and those other scholarships but brightened up at talk about his high school season.

A cheery Issah said he'll see more time as a slot receiver this season, and he'll start as a linebacker/safety hybrid. Last year, he was more of a defensive end/linebacker hybrid in the style of former Penn State LB Tim Shaw.

That athleticism will be in high demand. Issah already boasts 15 offers, and a few more might be coming his way. Still, it's one step at a time.

"It's just thinking right now. I'll know when the time's right, I'll know where I'll want to go," he said. "I really think, with everything that's happened, I just want to think about it."