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USC losing former five-star RB Ty Isaac to transfer

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Shortly after the end of spring practice and prior to the start of summer workouts, USC’s depth at the tailback position has taken a slight hit.

The Trojans confirmed via Twitter Wednesday afternoon that running back Ty Isaac has decided to transfer out of the Trojans football program and continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere.  The stated reason behind the transfer is the player’s desire to play closer to his home state of Illinois, although a wealth of talent at the position certainly didn’t help.

As a true freshman in 2013, Isaac rushed for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 40 carries.  Coming out of high school in Joliet, Ill., Isaac was a five-star recruit rated as the No. 4 back in the country and the No. 27 player at any position in the country.

In the year prior to National Signing Day 2013,  Isaac committed to USC over the likes of Michigan and Notre Dame.  Those two Midwest schools could very well be in play for the talented back’s transfer services.

Regardless of where he ends up, if it’s at the FBS level, the 6-3, 225-pound Isaac will be forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA guidelines.  Beginning in 2015, Isaac would then have three years of eligibility remaining.

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20 Responses to “USC losing former five-star RB Ty Isaac to transfer”
  1. mydixienormus says: May 14, 2014 5:13 PM

    The truth matter is that he probably didn’t want to play for that lip licking liar of a head coach!

  2. mattacc31 says: May 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    Not a USC fan but the rumor is that his mother is sick and he left because he wanted to be closer to her. He’d be a good fit for ND but I doubt USC lets him go there without a fight, so I’m thinking he ends up at Northwestern. Would be a great fit at Michigan, MSU, or Iowa but those schools are a little further from his home

  3. thekatman says: May 14, 2014 5:58 PM

    The kid’s a monster RB and I’ll miss watching him bounce around the line as he runs through it. ND? Hope not. They got Carlysle, and that’s a mystery as to how ND convinced the NCAA to let him play without sitting out a year. Oh yea, Missy Conroy and her minions worked that one.

  4. irishdodger says: May 14, 2014 6:45 PM

    I think the kid would be better served at LB ala Anthony Barr who also started as a RB. Best of luck wherever he goes. If his mom is truly sick, I would bet he chooses Northwestern as it’s not too far from Joliet, a suburb of Chicago.

  5. derekgorgonstar says: May 14, 2014 8:02 PM


  6. addict2sport says: May 14, 2014 9:46 PM

    How soon can USC use his scholarship?

  7. Professor Fate says: May 14, 2014 10:31 PM

    Isaac will be missed in the rotation. Good luck to him wherever he ends up.

    enormusdixhead: Kiffin coaches at Alabama now.

    mattacc: USC usually doesn’t limit where transfers can go, even if it’s a traditional rival.

  8. stoicpaisano says: May 14, 2014 10:52 PM

    RB version of Kyle Prater, might/could be a rotational guy as a RS senior.

  9. mydixienormus says: May 14, 2014 11:16 PM

    Kif and Sark are football brothers. Sired from the same football father.

    Search your feelings Prof. Fate. You know this to be true.

  10. irishdodger says: May 14, 2014 11:43 PM

    USC has not released him to transfer to Notre Dame. Hearing he may not an academic fit at Northwestern. Rumors are Northern Illinois or an FCS school. No confirmation on the mother’s illness either. He was tight w/ former RB coach, Tommie Robinson, who is now at Texas.

  11. louis8401 says: May 15, 2014 12:56 AM

    I found it strange that he signed with USC in the first place since they had already signed Justin Davis in the same class. Davis was having a much better season last year before he was injured against ND.

  12. socalcharger says: May 15, 2014 2:37 AM

    Going to miss Ty. Fight on! Always a Trojan.

  13. harbourimages says: May 15, 2014 6:43 AM

    He could play as soon as he’s eligible at MICHIGAN, while getting a great education as well! Sure could use him!

    GO BLUE!!!!!

  14. andy44teg says: May 15, 2014 10:46 AM

    @ thekatman

    Carlilse ended up sitting out his entire first year at ND with an injury anyway. No harm, no foul!

  15. niubears says: May 15, 2014 11:43 AM


    Very close to home. Wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to NU either.

  16. kansacity88 says: May 15, 2014 1:17 PM

    NIU is actually close to where he is originally from. Its VERY possible that he could end up there. Just over 45 minutes (and some change) from where his mom is!

  17. louis8401 says: May 15, 2014 2:31 PM

    He was currently 5th on the depth chart of a not exactly an amazing group of RBs. Tre Maddon was the leading rusher with only 703 yards.

  18. thekatman says: May 15, 2014 2:45 PM

    Folks, if you’re going to recite any sort of stats be sure you’ve researched them for correctness and understanding before posting to chat boards.

  19. mattacc31 says: May 15, 2014 5:28 PM

    USC last year had Silas Redd, Tre Maddon, and Buck Allen as guys that all would have been featured backs elsewhere but split time there due to injury and the fact the position was so deep. They also had true freshmen like Isaac and Justin Davis, who were each able to get involved due to their talent level as well. They weren’t the Auburn, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, or Oregon backs but they are just behind those teams because of both talent and depth.

  20. scbaby2013 says: May 15, 2014 11:15 PM

    Ty’s mom is ill and I wish him nothing but the best…even if he decided to go to ND

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