Sophomore running back Ty Isaac, the No. 54 overall player on the 247Sports Composite in 2013, announced Tuesday that he is transferring after one season at USC.
Isaac is from Illinois and confirmed with Lindsey Thiry of Scout.com that his decision was not football related but rather because he is having family issues and wants to move closer to home.
"I have family stuff with my mom and want to be closer to home," said Isaac, according to Thiry. "I had a good time at USC. Last year's team was something really special ... When you pick a school, you don't foresee a decision like this happening."
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"Right now they are a team I can’t talk to," said Isaac of the Fighting Irish. "That might change. (USC) might have missed the deadline to give restrictions. If they did I would consider it."
Isaac also noted that he does not want this "to be a dragged out process," and indicated that, because of his mother's recovery from surgery to correct hearing loss, he is hoping to be granted immediate eligibility in 2014. He has already filed a hardship waiver to the NCAA.
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Isaac was listed as an all-purpose back coming out of high school. At 6'2", he is tall for a running back, but he has good one-cut-and-go speed, solid power and is adept at catching the football.
Despite these gifts, however, Isaac found himself buried in a deep backfield rotation at USC. He finished fifth on the team with 40 carries and 236 rushing yards last season, but three of the players above him—Javorious "Buck" Allen, Tre Madden and Justin Davis—were also underclassmen.
USC will lean on that trio next season and be able to stomach Isaac's loss. Even though it hurts to lose such a promising young talent, the Trojans keep the cupboard stacked at tailback and always have.
Of the notable schools close to Isaac's home state of Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan pursued him the hardest coming out of high school, per 247Sports. Though nothing can be confirmed at the time, any of those would seem like reasonable destinations.
If he does go to one of those schools—or any other FBS program—Isaac would likely have to sit out next season, per NCAA transfer rules. If he goes to an FCS program, he will be eligible immediately.
We'll keep you updated as we learn more.
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