Penn State beat writer Bob Flounders from the Harrisburg Patriot News broke the news earlier this afternoon that highly touted LB recruit Zayd Issah was arrested for allegedly attempting to pass counterfeit money. The charges include two felonies. The report also states that there are Facebook messages showing Issah and other men charged were aware the money was counterfeit. A hearing is scheduled for May.
It will be interesting to see how Bill O’Brien and the coaching staff choose to react to this. O’Brien made it known last year that, in essence, there is a zero tolerance policy for off the field transgressions. Highly touted defensive end prospect Shawn Oakman was dismissed from the team before ever playing a snap for the Nittany Lions after an incident in an on campus convenience store. O’Brien kicked him off of the team prior to any charges being filed, although eventually he was charged with a misdemeanor. If O’Brien follows that precedent, it would seem to be a distinct possibility that Issah will never see the field for Penn State.
Losing Issah would be a blow to what was an impressive, albeit small, 2013 recruiting class. He was one of the headliners of the group, and expected to contribute immediately to a defense without much depth at linebacker.
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