Former USC running back Ty Isaac says he's transferring to Michigan

Southern California running back Ty Isaac (29) rushes the ball against Fresno State during the second quarter of the Royal Purple Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Cleveland)

Former USC running back Ty Isaac is heading back to the Midwest.

After one season with the Trojans, the Rivals five-star running back from Joliet, Ill tweeted Thursday that he will transfer to the University of Michigan and confirmed the news with

“I decided that I’m going to transfer to Michigan,” Isaac said. “I had a good visit there and it’s just the place where I feel the most comfortable. I didn’t want to drag all of this out and see a ton of schools. Michigan was in my final three when I committed to USC and the reasons I liked Michigan are still very much in place.”

In his one season at USC, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Isaac ran for 236 yards on 40 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Trojans. According to the Detroit Free-Press, Isaac sought out a transfer to be closer to his mother, who is ill. He hopes to apply for a hardship waiver and be eligible to play next season.

“I need to enroll and then go through the hardship process with the NCAA. I’m hoping to be able to be eligible right away but either way I’m just excited about Michigan,” Isaac said.

Isaac also visited Illinois, but his familiarity with the Michigan coaches from his initial recruiting process made the Wolverines a logical choice.

“I just always felt that Michigan was one of the schools I wanted to look into once all of this started happening,” Isaac said. “They have all of the same coaches except one since I was recruited by them. They have a great staff, a great tradition and I also feel like I will be a good fit. The offense is a good system for me and I feel that I can come in and compete right away.”

Isaac will join a Michigan backfield that includes fellow sophomores Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith.

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