Chad Ricardo: Jacob, it’s been an absolute pleasure to cover you over the span of the last year or so. Through our interactions, you’ve always proven to be an excellent and thoughtful young man. It is excellent to see your football accolades begin to catch up with your character.
To that point, I was a national scouter previously and I believe you have what it takes to be one of the TOP O-linemen in the nation. In your opinion, what are your top attributes as a football player?
Jacob Isaia: Thank you. I think my athleticism and technique are my top attributes.
Chad Ricardo: I’d have to agree with that assessment; not only do you have the size and the power, but your ability to move, get to the next level and clean out linebackers has college coaches salivating as we speak! Let’s talk about your present school for a moment though. Bishop Gorman is arguably the most high-profile program in the history of High School football. What has it been like playing for the Gaels and what teammates have helped you adapt to the surroundings?
Jacob Isaia: It’s been really great to play for Gorman. The other linemen and the other Polynesians on the team have helped me the most.
Chad Ricardo: That’s what’s up. Gotta appreciate the fraternity of “BIGS”. Also, shout-out to Palaie Gaoteote; that young man also has the potential of being the best in the business at his position.
You all played a THRILLING game against St.Thomas last weekend. Describe the emotions you felt throughout that game–and what was it like winning it in the clutch?
Jacob Isaia: I’m lucky to play with such great players who came thru for the team in the clutch. St. Thomas Aquinas is stacked with great players, too, and it was a battle the whole time. It was awesome to come away with the win.
Chad Ricardo: That Gorman schedule is FEROCIOUS. It’s amazing to witness what you all are able to accomplish year in and year out. Truly does say a lot about the collection of talent and coaching you all have out there.
Looking a little down the road, by the time you graduate, what do you hope to have accomplished at Bishop Gorman?
Jacob Isaia: I hope to leave Gorman with a great education, great friendships, and to continue the winning streak for a 4th national championship.
Chad Ricardo: 4th NATIONAL championship… my Gosh! Brother, there are teams hoping to win 4 GAMES this year—Big goals are certainly the starting line for unprecedented accomplishments.
You and I have spoken previously and I know how important family is to you. Here’s my final question: No one makes it to this level of success on their own, who/whom has helped you accomplish that which you’ve accomplished thus far? Who has assisted in you developing into this quality young man on and off the field?
Jacob Isaia: My parents (my mom, my dad, and my step dad) have all made huge sacrifices to get me here. I’m lucky to come from a very supportive family, including my grandparents, aunties, uncles, step sisters, and cousins who have either travelled to watch me play or have watched me on TV. I’ve had the privilege of learning from the best coaches in Hawaii and in Las Vegas. Coaches Brian Derby, Chad Ikei, and Kenny Patton from Hawaii and Coaches Manny, Chris Brown, and Kenny Sanchez have all helped me.
Chad Ricardo: You’re a great dude Jacob Isaia. I wish you health, happiness and success. Thank you for your time.
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