Switching his commitment to Maryland from Boston College was “the most difficult decision” Andrew Isaacs said he’s made in his life. He had a good relationship with the Eagles’ coaching staff, thought the team was filled with “great guys,” and liked the fact that Chestnut Hill is less than two hours away from his Manchester, Conn., home.
“That was one of the schools that stuck with me after my [ACL tear junior year],” Isaacs said. “A lot of schools don’t want to recruit anyone injured. That really stuck with me. … [But] I just felt that I had a better opportunity at Maryland. Maryland was just a better fit for me. I had to make that switch, as hard as it was. I built a good relationship with the coaches up there, but ultimately making the switch was best for me.”
Isaacs, a four-star prospect and the No. 1 prospect in Connecticut according to Rivals.com, made that switch in August. He cited Maryland’s broadcast journalism program as the biggest reason for his decision, in addition to an opportunity to play early. The Terps graduated Matt Furstenberg, Devonte Campbell and Ryan Schlothauer, leaving Isaacs to compete with Dave Stinebaugh, P.J. Gallo and Daniel Adams for playing time.
“It’s a level playing field,” Isaacs said. “It matters how hard I work and how much better I get. It’s all up to me. They can’t promise playing time, but they can promise that I’m going to have the opportunity to compete. As a player, that’s all you can ask for.”
After dominating Connecticut high school football, Isaacs said he’s looking forward to joining the Terps and getting a taste of college competition.
“Sometimes [in high school] you just go through the motions because you know you’re bigger and stronger and faster,” Isaacs said. “Now it’s going to be who outworks who. I’m excited to be in that environment where I can see how my work ethic matches up with the best.”
Here’s an introduction to Isaacs:
Name: Andrew Isaacs
Birthdate: Jan. 24, 1995
Birthplace: Hartford, Conn.
Hometown: Manchester, Conn.
Position: Tight end
High School: Manchester (Conn.) High
Senior statistics: 32 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns. 10 sacks.
Rankings: Rivals.com – Four-star prospect, No. 1 player in Connecticut, No. 9 tight end. Scout.com – Three-star prospect, No. 28 tight end. ESPN.com – Three-star prospect, No. 8 player in Connecticut, No. 39 tight end, 70 rating. 247Sports.com – Three-star prospect, No. 1 player in Connecticut, No. 15 tight end, 89 rating.
Bench max: “We don't bench max, but my last one was probably 360.”
40-yard dash: 4.8
Runner-up school: Rutgers
Other schools considered: “At first I was obviously committed to Boston College. Then it was really between Maryland, UConn and Rutgers, but I really liked Maryland the most.”
Favorite NFL player: Vernon Davis
Favorite NFL team: “I don’t really have a favorite team, but since I root for Vernon Davis, the 49ers.”
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Wale, Kanye West
Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”
Favorite book: “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers