During his career at Acadiana High senior Javonis Isaac has been moved around as needed, playing tight end and defensive end.
While Isaac hasn’t necessarily experienced a statistical windfall at either position, the net result for the Wreckin’ Rams has been back-to-back Class 5A state championships.
Expect to find Isaac in a team-oriented role once again for Acadiana, starting at tight end and spot playing at defensive end, but once his high school career’s over the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder will specialize on one side of the ball.
That’s because Arkansas State, where Isaac recently committed, has extended the opportunity for the versatile athlete to become the Red Wolves’ tight end of the future.
“They liked my ability to get off the ball, my explosiveness to block a defender and go out and catch a ball in open spaces on deep routes,” Isaac said of Arkansas State. “There was a comfort (level) I had being around them.”
Arkansas State jumped on Isaac’s recruiting radar during the spring evaluation period, getting a chance to watch him work out during spring practice.
Isaac then took part in a satellite camp Arkansas State conducted in Louisiana, followed by a recent unofficial visit with his father and brother to the Jonesboro-based campus.
Several days later, Isaac committed over offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane, McNeese State, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Colorado State, Lamar, Nicholls State, Army and Southern Mississippi.
“After they came in the spring to watch me practice, I liked the way their coaches talked to me,” Isaac said. “That caught my attention. It was like I was already one of their players.”
After serving as Acadiana’s backup tight end to LSU signee Bry’Kiethon Mouton, Isaac is poised to take over full-time duties in the Rams run-based veer offense.
Isaac caught four touchdown passes as a tight end during his sophomore season but turned in a couple of memorable plays later that season in Acadiana’s 77-41 state-title victory over Parkway.
Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said in an effort to help combat against athletic quarterbacks that liked to scramble he inserted Isaac to provide depth at defensive end.
Isaac registered an interception of LSU-bound quarterback Brandon Harris and also recorded a sack and a fumble recovery in 10 plays.
“He is 6-3, but with his length and athleticism, he plays at about 6-5,” Davidson said. “He’s very athletic and can play numerous positions.”
The primary focus for Isaac last season, which ended in a 23-7 victory over Destrehan, switched him primarily to defense but he was utilized on offense in two tight end sets and caught a touchdown in a quarterfinal playoff win over Ponchatoula.
“I liked to be looked at as an athlete where I’m good on both sides of the ball,” Isaac said. “I’m going to be more of a leader this season because I’m one of the seniors on offense. I have to take charge and take everything seriously.”