Ty Isaac heading to Big Ten ... but not Illinois

Ty Isaac heading to Big Ten ... but not Illinois
June 5, 2014, 10:00 am
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Vinnie Duber

Ty Isaac's search for a new school closer to home is already at a conclusion.

The USC transfer and former five-star running back out of Joliet Catholic announced his decision to play for Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines on Thursday morning after a visit this week.

It was reported last week that Isaac would visit both Michigan and Illinois as he searched for a new place to play football following his decision to leave USC. The decision stemmed from his desire to be closer to his mother, who is recovering from surgery. Big Ten schools figured to have an inside track to land Isaac, and the conference got an even bigger leg up when it was reported Isaac wouldn't be able to pick Notre Dame, a condition of his release from his USC scholarship.

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The Wolverines could be looking at a completely transformed backfield for the 2014 season. After a 2013 campaign that saw the Wolverines post the worst rushing numbers in the Big Ten outside of Purdue, Hoke could be looking at two of the top four running back recruits from the Class of 2013 as his top two ball-carriers. Isaac (ranked No. 4 by Rivals in 2013) and Derrick Green (ranked No. 1) could team with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to erase the memories of last season. Last season at USC, Isaac rushed 40 times for the Trojans, gaining 236 yards on the ground. Green carried the ball 82 times for the Wolverines in his freshman season, picking up 265 yards, but he mostly played in a reserve role behind Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Isaac has said he has applied for a hardship waiver from the NCAA, which would make him eligible to play this fall, though the folks at College Football Talk point out that typically only applies to those transferring within 100 miles of their hometown, which would not be the case for Isaac in Ann Arbor.