When it comes to NYC’s Public School Athletic League (PSAL), not many football fans realize that there is indeed copious amount of talent coming out of the Big Apple high school association.
Here are three Brooklyn guys making waves in the college ranks and could start to open up even more eyes in the 2022-23 college football year.
Adisa Isacc — Penn State/Canarsie High School — Defensive End
Many college and NFL football draft analysis believed Isacc was headed for the 2022 NFL Draft, but he missed the entire season due to a torn Achillies heel. No worries, as he has healed and is strong, back to his old form, according to a source.
Isacc is a formidable edge pass rusher that more than a few college football insiders believe that the Brooklyn native could go in the first round of the 2023 draft.
As a sophomore, he recorded 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries.
The 6-foot-4, 249 pounder is still on the rise talent wise, though, considering he took up the sport later in life.
Isacc enjoyed a ridiculous high school senior year with Canarsie, amassing 88 tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 25 sacks, setting the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) and school records for sacks in a season. For his outstanding efforts, he claimed All-USA New York Defensive Player of the Year as selected by USA Today.
Izzy Abanikanda — Pittsburgh/Abraham High School — Running Back
Pittsburgh has a talented group of running backs, but for the moment, Head Coach Pat Narduzzi has tabbed former Lincoln star Abanikanda as the team’s number one running back option.
According to an article in triblive.com, Abanikanda possesses the raw speed and split-second decision-making skills that will help him lead the running back pack at the start the season.
Last campaign, Abanikanda paced Pitt in rushing yards (651) and rushing touchdowns (seven) on 123 carries (5.3 avg.) in 13 games, six of which were starts. Also, he was the Panthers’ top receiver out of the backfield with 24 receptions for 197 yards (8.2 avg.) and a touchdown.
Additionally, he led Pitt in kickoff returns, averaging a team-best 29.4 yards per attempt (seven for 206 yards and a TD).
Abanikanda ran for 1,350 yards and 20 touchdowns on just 136 touches as a senior as he guided the Railsplitters to the PSAL Championship Conference semifinals.
Matthew Jones — Ohio State/Erasmus Hall — Offensive Lineman
Out of Erasmus Hall, Matthew Jones is a veteran, experienced offensive lineman who has played in 29 games and started five times.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Jones is generating some NFL draft buzz. And he possesses the size and numbers to support the hype. In 2021. as a junior, Jones saw action in 11 contests and amassed 459 snaps. He surrendered six quarterback hurries, two hits, and no sacks while playing the majority of his snaps at left guard, and the rest at right guard.
— Jerry Del Priore