The recruiting of former USC running back Ty Isaac is starting to heat up, as the Illinois native has begun looking for a new school to transfer to. According to Isaac’s mom via ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, he will visit Michigan on Tuesday, and could also be headed to a particular rival of the Wolverines: Ohio State.
Michigan has always been a major player for Isaac, going back well before Signing Day 2013. When Isaac’s transfer was announced back in the middle of May, the knee jerk reaction among many pundits were that the Wolverines would be the front runner.
Notre Dame and in-state schools Illinois and Northwestern were/are also linked as potential suitors, though a move to South Bend would be contingent whether or not the Trojans can block a move to their arch rivals.Mike Helfgot of the Chicago Tribune reported last month that Notre Dame was on a restricted list, though the terms and permanency of that list was in question.
We now know that Ohio State is, or least was, in the same boat as the Irish. The Buckeyes could suddenly be a big factor here, as they have reportedly sought out permission from USC to contact Isaac, according to VanHaaren.
With all of the hubbub between Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer over the past year plus, including scholarship offer shenanigans between the two rivals, it’ll be interesting to see if the race for Isaac turns into another variant of The Game.
Should Ohio State get permission to talk to Isaac, they would likely have to settle for the third visit. Isaac is expected to visit Illinois this week, after his stop in Ann Arbor.
In 14 games as a freshman, Isaac for 236 yards on 40 carries as a reserve running back at USC. He got a bulk of the second half carries in a blowout against Cal last November, finishing with a season-high 87 yards while scoring his only two touchdowns of the year.