Nick Isham wanted to find the perfect fit for his style of play so even after visiting Louisiana Tech the first weekend of January he took trips to New Mexico State and Pennsylvania to investigate all his options.
In the end, Louisiana Tech had everything he was looking for from a spread offense to an outstanding coaching staff and so the Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake dual-threat quarterback decided to make his commitment.
"I took everything into consideration and looked at all the pluses and looked at all the minuses," Isham said.
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"Through each visit I came up with more things to ask and more things to look for and by the end of it, between me and my parents and my coach, we all put our heads together and figured out Louisiana Tech was the right place for me.
"In terms of football it was the offense and the program and I really like the coaches and the people around the program. I really like how coach (Sonny) Dykes runs everything there and I just felt like I'd fit in the best there."
Isham, a 6-foot, 185-pound three-star prospect, had 2,990 passing yards with 34 touchdowns and seven interceptions this past season. He also rushed for 581 yards and five touchdowns.
Two of the biggest factors for Isham was Louisiana Tech's style of offense and the fact that he'd be working with Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, whose offenses at Middle Tennessee averaged 32 points and more than 421 yards. Those were big factors in Isham's decision.
"That was a big factor," Isham said. "All the schools I was looking at run systems suitable to me and Louisiana Tech runs the spread and they do a good job of running it with a good offensive coordinator with coach Franklin.
"I'm very excited to play under them. That was one of the things I looked at - their backgrounds - and they both have great backgrounds and it will be exciting to play for them."