One of the top running backs in the recruiting Class of 2013, Ty Isaac plans to attend Southern Cal and play for coach Lane Kiffin. First, he has some unfinished business at the high school level.
Isaac, a four-star recruit from Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy, is reviewed as an all-purpose back with size, speed and good hands as a receiver out of the backfield. He led the Hilltoppers to a runner-up finish in the state last season and rushed for 515 yards and six touchdowns in the state championship game. That was after gaining 2,114 yards (2,629 for the season) with 45 touchdowns in his first 13 games as a junior, the all-time records at Illinois 5A powerhouse Joliet. His father, Tyrone, starred for Joliet Catholic in 1987 as the leading rusher on the Hilltoppers' state title team.
Provided his commitment to the Trojans holds up, he has a chance to play immediately and could share the backfield with five-star quarterback recruit Max Browne, the Sammamish (Wash.) product who turned down Alabama and Oklahoma to play for the Trojans. However, Isaac's height prompted speculation from recruiting services that he might move to linebacker or defensive end at the elite college level.
Isaac, 6-2, 210 pounds, was rumored to be leaning toward Michigan and also considered Notre Dame. He had offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Rivals.com ranks Isaac as the No. 2 back in the Class of 2013 and 18th overall. He's ranked 68th overall by ESPN.