Commitment Date: August 14, 2012
Hometown: Manchester, CT
High School: Manchester High School
Weight: 225 lbs.
ESPN Rank: #39 TE, 3-star
Scout.com Rank: #28 TE, 3-star
Rivals Rank: #9 TE, 4-star
247Sports Rank: #16 TE, 3-star
40 time: 4.60 secs. (Rivals); N/A (ESPN, Scout.com, 247Sports)
Other Offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers.
In late November of 2011, Andrew Isaacs committed to Boston College. In mid-August 2012, he switched his commitment to Maryland. He explained that he felt that Maryland was a better fit for him, and it also gave him the opportunity to play immediately. There are a lot of different opinions of Isaacs in the rankings above, and there is good reason for that. He tore his ACL during his junior year, and a lot of analysts and recruiters are very wary of ranking a player too highly after an injury like that.
But Rivals ranks him as the #1 recruit in Connecticut, and the #9 TE in the nation. Adam Friedman, a recruiting analyst for Rivals, told Baltimore Sports and Life that Isaacs can probably expect to see a good amount of playing time in his first year with the Terrapins. He also mentioned that his playing time will definitely increase as he gets more familiar and comfortable with the offense. Randy Edsall more than likely used his contacts in Connecticut to land Isaacs (He served as head coach of the UConn Huskies from 1999-2010).
ESPN cites Isaacs’ blocking as his best skill. Though he is a very good blocker, Isaacs can also catch the ball well. He is a pretty well-rounded tight end that will fit very well into Mike Locksley’s read-option scheme. Isaacs should be able to fill out well, and provide a big target on short passing routes for Terps quarterbacks. In any read-option attack, it’s important to have players who can get 4-6 yard chunks on any given play, so tight ends can play huge roles in offenses like these. I would expect Isaacs to start, but share time with Dave Stinebaugh and Daniel Adams at the tight end position his first year, but should fully take over the starting tight end spot by his sophomore year.