Former USC running back Ty Isaac reportedly has found a new home after announcing last month he would be transferring from the Trojans to be closer to his Illinois home and will continue his college career with the Michigan Wolverines, according to CBSSPorts’ Jeremy Fowler.
Isaac visited the Ann Arbor campus on Tuesday and stayed overnight into Wednesday where he worked with the admission process and committed after the visit. Fowler would later write that Isaac gave the Wolverines “strong indications” that he he’ll be enrolling at Michigan per his source.
The former four-star recruit in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings visited the University of Illinois prior to seeing Michigan and is the only other place the 6-3, 225-pound running back visited. Isaac rushed 236 yards on 40 carries as a true freshman in 2013. He was the No. 8 all-purpose running back and No. 54 player overall.
Isaac has filed for a hardship waiver in order to play in 2014, but it remains to be seen if he will be eligible this season. Isaac is transferring to be closer to his mother who had complications stemming from a surgery to repair hearing loss according to NCAA rules regarding hardship waivers, the student-athlete must transfer to a school within 100 miles of his home. Michigan is nearly 260 miles from his home of Shorewood, Illinois.
If the NCAA does not approve his hardship waiver he will have to sit out the 2014 season and will be eligible to play in the 2015 season with three years of eligibility remaining where he will team up with another top running back recruit from the 2013 recruiting class, Derrick Green.
Ohio State had requested permission to contact Isaac according to ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren and Notre Dame, was reportedly an intriguing option for Isaac, but USC did not offer a release to that school because they are on the schedule of the Trojans.