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Colts star RB decides he wants to play in Pac-10

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 23 2008 12:22 a.m. MST

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Brada Man

Go Bears! Good job Isi! We are all proud of you! It's exciting... Choohoo!

Great Class

This has to be one of the most impressive Football classes ever. I do not remember, and I'm an old guy, another time when so many of the glory teams from out of state has come after the Utah boys.

Good luck to all of you kids. Make good decisions and use this gift of Football prowess to get yourself a College degree.

Congratulaions to all that are mentioned here and all of the other kids not mentioned in this article that have the same chance at USU, SUU, Weber or wherever else.

Your bodies will be beaten and injuries WILL occur. Don't let Football use you.

USE Football to get that degree that lasts a lifetime.

Why

Why is it that cottonwood players never committ to in state schools. Does their coach have soemthing against them and pushes them out of the state. For the most part they are at best average players for these bigger schools with the exception of Stanly Havelii.

DHS DARTS

If I was a football player at a high level like this kid I would go out of state in a heart beat

DHS Sucks

Too bad you are not. Davis never has good D1 football players.

Why:response

Why stay in Utah hen you could play in Cal, warm weather, beautiful girls.

Cottonwood players get recruited by a lot of out of state programs because of Cottonwood's system. Cottonwood runs a college system. They are well coached and are definitely a football school.

nottyou

Let's see, in the last 30 years, Cal has won or tied for the Pac-10 Championship in football exactly one time. Sounds like the coaches of Cal are excellent salespeople. Good luck with that.

Cal?

That's great that he went out of state. But the reality is that Cal's football program is no better than BYU or Utah. Cal's about academics and hippies, and they have an occasional great year in football. So as I see it, he could have been on a team that's just as good or better than Cal, and he could have avoided the hippies of Berkeley by staying close to home.

One of his coaches

Isi, way to overcome your physical limitations, by working harder than anyone i've ever coached. NEVER missing a workout, practice or game in 3 years where you carried the ball more than anyone ever has in this state. And most of all going to class and being a shining example of what a young man should be. Our staff doesn't care if our players go to Cal, BYU or timbucktoo. That these kids have the talent and effort to have someone pay for their education is the only thing that matters and we should be honored that schools outside this state see that. P.S. BYU never offered and Utah pulled theirs

nottyou

To: One of his coaches -- sounds like you were a good coach. Keep up the good work and the development of student athletes.

Ute Fan

Congrats to Isi. What some of you don't understand is that, even though Cal may be on the same level as BYU or Utah, the Pac-10 provides competition EVERY WEEK with lots of guys who are NFL-bound. Thus, if someone has, say, NFL aspirations (Isi is undersized, but who knows?) their resume looks a lot better because they are doing what they're doing against a lot of the same guys that will be at the next level. That is one of the reasons why guys like Haloti Ngata and Stewart Bradley went out of state (now both starters in the NFL). No dis to the Utes(who could finish 1st or 2nd in the Pac-10 this year) and Cougs, but this is a big factor. Plus, can you argue with Cal's education? Additionally, some kids really want/need other experiences outside the state.
Lastly, whoever made the comment local schools were not after him is probably inaccurate. Of course they were, but he probably told them early on he wanted to go out of state.

Have a clue, please...

Enough with the stupid stereotypes! Under Jeff Tedford (who went to Fresno State), Cal has been a consistent winner. Seven straight winning seasons and counting.
Did you know that before Tedford arrived, the head coach at Cal was NONE OTHER than current BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe (how ironic, huh?!?). In Holmoe's five seasons there (1997-2001), the BEST he did was 5-6 in 1998. His full record there was a PATHETIC 12-43.
And yes, you come out of Cal pretty darn smart, too, hippies and all. Nothing wrong with that.

Colt Tyler

It is not necessarily about the BEST program. It is the best program for the player. Just look at Cal's current running back. He is 5'10'' and 193 lbs. A small back. This bodes well for Isi who is a small back too.

player

congrats isi, ive been playing against you since 5th or 6th grade and you were always the factor that we couldnt stop, you deserve this, from what i have seen you work hard and earned what you got, go ball at cal

Good For Isi

I am a CW Players Parent and watched a lot of Practices the last 2 years and no one deserves this more than Isi does. He works harder than anyone during and after practice to get better and stronger. Anyone ever wonder how a Guy that is 5-7, 165 lbs carries the ball for 3 straight years and breaks the all time carriers mark and doesn't get injured is? He may be small but he is very durable and has heart bigger than anyone will ever know, I will miss watching your runs next year when CW resumes football in 5A again. Some of your best runs this year were called back, great highlight reel stuff. Good Luck to you Isi and I wish you the Same success at Cal that you had at CW.

One who Knows.

Lets set the record straight. Getting a scholarship is to pay for your education period. The average income out of BYU is 86,000 per year, UofU, 72,000. CAL is 176,000. Do the Math. CAL is a very smart decision for Isi. I really don't believe Isi will play on Sunday's, not because of his ability rather his size, and even if he did, the average tenure in the NFL is less then 3 year, then what? Also, Cottonwood does a very good job in helping their kids, while it is the parents and athletes responsibility to market their kids, CW goes steps further by sending film to Rivals, Scout and other places. Registers their kids timely in the clearinghouse and makes sure they understand the needs of the NCAA Eligibility Center, etc. 95% of Utah High Schools don't inform their kids of the NCAA Clearinghouse. Hats off to CW, this is WHY they have big time recruits.

Congrats Isi and CW!

I agree that CW coaches are the best in state in marketing their players - this is extremely beneficial for their players and why kids transfer there to play..

and this compliment is coming from a TV parent--

MONEY TALKS

COTTONWOOD DOES A GOOD JOB FOR THEIR KIDS. IT HELPS WHEN CATE CAN SEND THE CWOOD KIDS TO CAMPS AND COMBINES. THIS ALLOWS THEM TO BE NOTICED NATIONALLY. ALSO, THE REASON THESE KIDS GO OUT OF STATE AND TO BIGTIME PROGRAMS IS BECAUSE THEY AREN'T GOING ON MISSIONS. MORE KIDS FROM UTAH WOULD BE RECRUITED MORE IF THEY WEREN'T GOING ON A MISSION. MOST SCHOOLS WILL NOT RECRUIT MISSION KIDS.

steve kinyon

ya to bad Byu didnt have the brains to get this kid and utah pulls there offer sounds like another lewis walker

Re Money

This year the Nike combine was at Murray Park and the Skills camp was at BYU.

There were MANY cottonwood kids that attended and competed; but I'm pretty sure it didn't take alot of ANYBODY's money to "send" them there.

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