Isaiah Love, a talented defensive back prospect out of West Covina, Calif., will delay his enrollment and arrive at Washington State next January, a source tells CougCenter.
The three-star cornerback suffered a neck injury last offseason and missed his senior year, so a grayshirt year will allow him to fully heal before arriving on campus. Love's injury occurred during a car accident while on a recruiting trip last summer.
Despite the injury, Love was still heavily recruited by the likes of Colorado, Fresno State, UNLV, San Jose State and San Diego State, though he committed to WSU in late August, about a month after primary recruiter Ken Wilson offered the 5-foot-11, 160 pound defensive back.
The 247 Sports Composite, Rivals, Scout and ESPN all rate Love a three-star prospect, while 247 Sports rates him as a two-star recruit. He's the No. 15 cornerback in California and the No. 94 overall prospect in the state, according to Scout. He officially visited WSU in early December.
Love split time between cornerback and running back as a junior, tallying over 700 yards and 13 scores on offense while playing lockdown corner on the defensive side, including 28 tackles and four picks.
Brian Anderson's scouting take
Excellent at finding the ball in-phase with the receiver. Really great hands. Can out-athlete receivers for a catch. More of a coverage corner than a run stopper, but shows good physicality. Great speed, ran easily with receivers in press coverage. Projects well for a field side corner, who typically has more coverage responsibilities.
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★★
24/7 - ★★
ESPN - ★★★
Composite - ★★★
Position — Cornerback
Hometown — West Covina, Calif.
Height — 5-foot-11
Weight — 160 pounds