UNIVERSITY PARK — Zayd Issah will not join the Penn State football team this season and his status with the Nittany Lions beyond 2013 is unclear.
A Penn State spokesman confirmed to the Centre Daily Times on Thursday that the former Central Dauphin star’s scholarship has been put on hold after Issah was charged with multiple felony counts for allegedly playing a role in a counterfeiting scheme. Authorities charged Issah and three others after they allegedly tried to pay for fast food at Harrisburg-area restaurants with counterfeit money.
Penn State coach Bill O’Brien told the Associated Press on Thursday that Issah could eventually make his way to Penn State but that future moves “will be determined by him.”
Issah signed his letter of intent to play for Penn State in February and O’Brien said then he expected Issah would contribute as soon as he arrived on campus this summer.
Now, Penn State is left with only two scholarship linebackers in addition to expected starters Glenn Carson, Mike Hull and Nyeem Wartman.
While Carson and Hull are both seasoned veterans, Wartman played sparingly in the first two games last season before taking a medical redshirt. Ben Kline and Gary Wooten are both on scholarship but only Kline has collegiate experience of the two. Kline is being held out of spring practice drills as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.
Issah, along with Brandon Bell, was expected to augment the linebacking corps. Now Bell will be the only scholarship linebacker joining the fray this summer.
Issah could not be reached for comment.