by Jarrett Johnson for Inside the Red Raiders
It’s good to have options and that is certainly the case for 2022 Fayetteville (Ark.) four-star receiver Isaiah Sategna who wants to play football and run track at the next level. That’s sounds great to Texas Tech, which offered him a football scholarship on Wednesday, but is also interested in him joining the track team.
“Coach Luke Wells was the one that offered me,” Sategna told Inside the Red Raiders. “I was FaceTiming and then he told me the great news, I couldn’t stop smiling and I was super excited to receive the offer. I have been talking to Tech for awhile and recently I’ve been talking to their assistant receiver coach, coach B.J. Johnson, and we have been going over film and he’s been helping me with drills and stuff to do.”
As a 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver Sategna caught 39 passes for 823 yards (21.1 ypc) and eight touchdowns in eight games this past season at Fayetteville High School en route to being selected as an all-state performer.
He also participates in nearly every event for the track team in order to help garner as many points as possible and has won multiple Arkansas state titles in both sprinting and jumping events. In fact, he was so dominant on the track as a sophomore he was named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year after setting new state records in the 60-meter dash and the 60-meter high hurdles at the Class 6A indoor state that winter, before claiming five individual titles at the February meet, including the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter dash and the long jump.
Simply put, Sategna is considered by many to be one of the top young track athletes in America.
“I want a program that I feel welcomed and I know that they have success in developing receivers and have receivers that are in the league,” Sategna said. “I want to go to a school that compliments my style of play and somewhere that’s good at both track and football because I want to do both in college. Tech is OK with me doing both.”
Sategna’s track roots run deeper than just his personal exploits as his father, Mario Sategna, is an assistant coach at Arkansas, spent a decade as an assistant at Texas among other places and was an All-American decathlete at LSU in the nineties. His mother, Dahlia, was also a track star at LSU and competed for Jamaica in the 1992 Olympics in Spain.
Texas Tech boasts one of the top track programs in the country after claiming the 2019 outdoor national title and multiple Big 12 championships under longtime head coach Wes Kittley. The Red Raiders are well aware of Sategna as associate head coach and men’s and women’s jumps coach James Thomas is leading his recruitment.
“I have talked to the jumps coach, coach Thomas,” Sategna said. “My main events are the hurdles and long jump and at the next level I want to do the 100, 110 hurdles and long jump.”
If his feats on the track weren’t enough, on the gridiron Sategna’s rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 246 overall prospect in the country, the No. 35 receiver in the nation and the top overall player in Arkansas for the 2022 class according to the 247Sports Composite, an average of the major recruiting rankings services. 247Sports itself has him rated a little higher as 185thoverall in the U.S. and the 27th receiver in the country.
Inside the Red Raiders asked Sategna for his take on what he brings to the football field as a player and what he’s working on this offseason.
“So, obviously the best part of my game is my speed and I’m a deep threat because you can double me but I still feel like I can beat a team deep,” Sategna said. “I want to work this off-season on my route running, releases and running each route 100% like I’m going to get the ball even when I know I’m not going to.”
In addition to the recent offer from the Red Raiders, Sategna also holds reported football scholarship offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida State, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, SMU, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, West Virginia and Western Kentucky. There are currently three 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Sategna with two in favor of Arkansas and another for Texas A&M.
“I have a couple schools like Baylor, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma state and Florida state recruiting me the hardest right now,” Sategna said.
As for Texas Tech, for now Sategna said they do not have a virtual visit set up but he is hoping for one with the coaching staff next week to learn more what the Red Raiders are all about.