When news of Ty Isaac’s transfer first broke earlier this week, Notre Dame and Michigan were the first two schools to come to mind as possible suitors for the five-star running back. Both recruited him heavily out of Illinois’s Joliet Catholic, and were considered possible destinations for a flip after Isaac’s plans to enroll early in the spring of 2013 fell through.
While Notre Dame made sense due to past recruiting ties, it raised questions, given that they’re USC’s arch rival in football.
Plus, the Trojans have prohibited quarterback Max Wittek from transferring to any school on their future schedule, barring him from making a move to South Bend.
For Isaac however, Notre Dame could actually be in play as it was for running back Amir Carlisle two years ago.
In an interview by Mike Helfgot of the Chicago Tribune, Issac mentions that USC may have shot themselves in the foot, leaving the Fighting Irish a loophole with which to try and snag him.
“Right now they are a team I can’t talk to,” said Isaac, a former five-star recruit who rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries as a freshman. “That might change. (USC) might have missed the deadline to give restrictions. If they did I would consider it. … I definitely don’t want it to be a dragged-out process. I want to figure out where I’m going to be next year and get to work.”
The process could get much longer regardless of where Isaac ultimately decides to go, as it’s expected that he’ll seek a hardship waiver. Isaac is looking to get closer to his family in Illinois.
If the NCAA deems it worthy of granting a waiver, he would be eligible this upcoming season and retain his redshirt.
In addition to Notre Dame, potential landing spots for Isaac include Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. The running back told the Chicago Tribune that he doesn’t have a top list, but is considering schools in the Big Ten.