July 20, 2008
Isadore visit to TCU: Amazing
When it comes to recruiting prospects and turning them into defensive playmakers, there may not be another program in the southwest that has the skins on the wall like TCU does in recent years. This year, arguably the top linebacker in the Lone Star state in the college ranks is Jason Phillips, a three-time All-MWC selection.
Just to the left side of Phillips is another all-conference linebacker in Robert Henson. The good news is both have one year left to play, the bad news is the TCU coaches have to find some quality replacements who could hopefully continue what Phillips and Henson leave behind.
One of those players the staff has its eyes on is Beaumont Ozen's Justin Isadore. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder racked up 114 tackles and 4 interceptions in '07 and is entering his fourth year on the varsity. He is also rated 19th among the inside linebackers in the country.
The hard-hitting backer has reported offers on the table from Arizona State, Kentucky, Auburn, Kansas, Iowa State, Syracuse, Colorado State, and most recently TCU. Isadore says it's a four team race for his services.
"My top four are ASU, Kentucky, TCU, and Kansas," he said. "Those will be the four schools in the end when it comes down to it."
Isadore says all four schools are at an even lock for his services. Although he doesn't have a true favorite yet, he does know what he's looking for in a program.
"Staying close is not a big issue," he said. "I do want to go where the players graduating percentage is good for the seniors. I'm also looking at how many players they send to the league, and how many they send from my position. I also want to go where the team wins ball games, and the campus lifestyle is a big deal and what the city is like."
Isadore was at TCU Friday for what some had thought to workout in the Coach Patterson camp. However, Isadore was just making an unofficial and gave the Frogs glowing reviews.
"Actually it was an unofficial visit, I didn't even know a camp was going on. Had I known it was going on I would've participated. The visit was amazing, they had nice facilities and me and Coach Patterson talked. Coach Patterson treated me like I was one of his players. Everything was cool about it, I got to meet a couple of the players, one of them, (Jonathan)Jones a receiver, came up to me and also treated me like I was one of the players. He was treating me like I could come up here and just chill with him."
Isadore says the Frogs offered last week and says he has a familiarity with what the Frog defense runs.
"It was last week when they offered," he said. "They had sent it in the mail but I didn't get it so I emailed them and eventually spoke with Coach Patterson and he said I had an offer. I like their defense, my sophomore year I played in a similar defense with two linebackers. I really don't know where they'll put me at linebacker since they only use two, they haven't told me."
Isadore maintains that he has no favorites out of the top four schools but also says a decision could happen anytime.
"It could happen anytime," Isadore said of a decision. "I'm unpredictable."
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