Ty Isaac is coming home, and that could end up being really good news for the Big Ten. Or at least one school in the Big Ten.
A couple days ago, Isaac — the former five-star running back out of Joliet Catholic — was released from his scholarship at USC, something he requested so he could move back to the Midwest and be closer to his ill mother.
Isaac eluded Big Ten schools back in 2012, when he committed to play for the Trojans, but his move back to Big Ten Country means those schools could get a second chance at landing the talented back.
According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Isaac is "looking at Big Ten schools" and has already heard from both Illinois and Michigan.
“I wouldn’t say I have a top three, but I’m looking at Big Ten schools that are close to where I live,” Isaac said in the report.
Notre Dame, which was one of Isaac's top choices before he picked USC, might not be in the mix this time around. He told the Tribune that Notre Dame is "a team I can’t talk to," one of the conditions of his release from USC. That might change, according to the report, but at the moment it seems to give a leg up to local Big Ten schools.
The report also said that Isaac has applied for a waiver so he would not have to sit out a year and would be eligible to play his sophomore season starting this fall.
Back in 2012, Isaac received scholarship offers from almost the entirety of the Big Ten, according to Rivals: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Last season with the Trojans, Isaac carried the ball 40 times for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns.