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PennLive Report: Recruit Zayd Issah in Trouble with the Law

Update — April 4, 2013, 6:15 p.m 

In an interview yesterday, Bill O’Brien told Genaro Armas of the Associated Press that Zayd Issah would not be with the Nittany Lions this fall. O’Brien met with Issah and his family last weekend to discuss the recruit’s future.

“We want what’s best for Zayd. We don’t think Zayd is a bad kid at all. We think he is a young guy that’s made a couple questionable decisions. His next move will be determined by him… He will not be here next year to play football at Penn State, but eventually, he could end up at Penn State down the road,” O’Brien said to the AP.

Yesterday, as part of our continuing Blue-White countdown series, we examined how Issah’s situation will impact the 2013 roster.

Original Story from March 28, 2013

According to Penn Live, Penn State linebacker recruit Zayd Issah is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly attempting to use counterfeit money at a Harrisburg  McDonalds back on March 9.

Per the Patriot News Report, Issah and two friends fled when police were called to the fast-food restaurant. Once apprehended, the two individuals told authorities that Issah was part of the plan, confirmed by Facebook messages between Issah and one of the other suspects.

The following day, March 10, Issah was charged with two felony counts of forgery and conspiracy to forgery and four misdemeanor charges of theft by deception.

It is not yet known how these criminal charges will impact the high school senior’s status with Penn State, but a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 9.

Issah originally committed to Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class in late June before opening up his recruitment towards the end of the summer following the NCAA sanctions. He came back aboard in early December and received praise from head coach Bill O’Brien during his February signing day press conference for his athletic ability and versatility.

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Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.


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