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Penn State Football: Zayd Issah in More Legal Trouble, Future at Penn State in Doubt

by on July 13, 2013 2:14 PM

Penn State 2013 verbal commit Zayd Issah was taken into custody Saturday and charged with resisting arrest, marijuana possession and aggravated assault, according to court documents.

The aggravated assault charge is a felony, according to court documents. Issah was arraigned at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and was unable to post his $20,000 bail. His hearing is set for July 17.

Issah was visiting Penn State this weekend during the multi-day Arts Festival that takes place in downtown State College, according to his Twitter account. Although Issah had signed his letter of intent and committed to the Nittany Lions in late December of 2012, he was scheduled to attend an ARD school following an incident involving passing counterfeit cash at fast-food restaurants in March. Issah had recently been admitted into a probationary program that should enable him to avoid a criminal record.

According to court documents related to that case, Issah was using counterfeit $20 bills at McDonald's, Popeye's and Taco Bell restaurants in the Harrisburg area. Less than $100 in fake bills were involved.

The Central Dauphin High School football standout was still on track to attend Penn State although head coach Bill O'Brien had made it clear to him that it would not come without effort.

"We want what's best for Zayd. We don't think Zayd is a bad kid at all. We think he's a young guy that's made a couple questionable decisions," O'Brien told The Associated Press. "His next move will be determined by him. He will not be here next year to play football at Penn State, but eventually he could end up at Penn State down the road."

It is unclear at this time if Issah's most recent legal troubles will be the final blow to his chances of ever attending Penn State.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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