In the past 24 hours, it became fairly evident (and widely reported) that former USC running back Ty Isaac would be heading to Ann Arbor to join the Michigan Wolverines via transfer. However, the “formal” announcement came via Twitter on Thursday afternoon from an incredibly reliable source.
I will be attending the University of Michigan this year
— Ty Isaac (@TyIsaac) June 5, 2014
Isaac’s announcement could have a major impact with the Wolverines, as Brady Hoke has been searching for a dominant running game since arriving at Michigan. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Isaac was a top-10 running back in the class of 2013 by virtually every recruiting service, and he was fairly impressive during his true freshman campaign at USC when he tallied 236 yards on just 40 carries.
The biggest question at this point is whether Isaac will be granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, as the stated reason for his transfer from USC was that he was seeking a closer institution to his home in order to assist in caring for his mother. Unfortunately for Michigan, this is far from a slam dunk, as Ann Arbor sits more than 200 miles from Isaac’s home, leaving his request for immediately eligibility very much up in the air.
Regardless of whether Ty Isaac will be immediately available, this is a great pick-up for Brady Hoke and company. Michigan grabbed their own top-tier running back in the class of 2013 when they snatched Derrick Green, and the Isaac-Green combination could be a fruitful one for Michigan either in 2014 or 2015, depending on Isaac’s eligibility.