Monster Back Enjoys Auburn Trip

2013 running back prospect Ty Isaac will be one of the top players in the country and he visited Auburn on Friday.

Joliet, Ill.—Rated an early four-star prospect and expected to be one of the top running back prospects in the country for next season, big 6-2, 220 Ty Isaac from Joliet Catholic took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Friday to check out the Tigers. Getting a recent offer and making a trip over from Atlanta to see things, Isaac said he enjoyed everything about the visit.

Honestly, I had no expectations," Isaac said about Auburn. "It's a great place. It kind of surprised me in some of the things I saw and the way these guys are. It's a good place and I'm definitely going to stay in contact.

"It's just the whole overall feeling," he added. "I've never been down to the South for football. But it's a slower pace and it seems a little bit simpler. Then they talk to you and it's just a good place."

Auburn signed only one running back in the 2012 class, Jovon Robinson, and the Tigers are making the position a focal point for next year's class. That's something that Isaac said he heard from the coaches and could play a part in his decision down the road.

"That's one of the things," Isaac said. "You have to look at the depth chart. You can go to a great school but if there are eight guys at your position; you know what I'm saying. That's something I'll look at and consider. You've got this whole next season to see how things turn out and then go from there."

A physical runner with the ability to take it the distance, Isaacs had a monster junior season that ended with a loss in the state title game. Named the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year, Isaac ran for 2,629 yards and scored 51 touchdowns in 2011.

His best performance came in the Class 5A title game as he ran for an astounding 515 yards on 26 carries and six touchdowns in a 70-45 loss to Lombard Montini. He had 376 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone on just 13 carries, which broke the state title game record.

"It didn't seem like that," Isaac said. "The other team was putting up points so it just seemed like, I can't even explain it. I saw the number at halftime and it felt like I only had about five carries. It was great. Obviously I wish we would have won because that's a lot more important, but it's something cool to say you did. I really enjoyed it. I think our team is going to be better next year with a better line."

With such a big year as a junior Isaac will be a wanted man in 2012. He said while there is sure to be pressure he's prepared to keep working hard to accomplish his goals on the field.

"We have a lot of young guys coming back on the line," Isaac said. "You see a kid that goes out his junior year and does great then his senior year he falls off. I have preached to myself to be productive and continue on what I started."

Being recruited by schools from all over the country with over 20 offers at the moment, Isaac will have plenty of choices when the time comes. Planning to take his time he said for him taking visits and seeing schools is going to play an important part in things.

"Right now I don't know because there are so many schools coming in," he said. "Honestly before they (Auburn) offered they weren't even on the radar. I go down there and it's just a good place to be. I'm going to keep it open and after I visit some schools I'm interested in then I'll go from there."

Saying it helped Auburn "100 percent" to see the campus and meet the coaches such as Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor in person, Isaac said he's not sure when he'll make another visit to the Plains. He added that if he does it could come during the season when he can make a weekend out of it.

"If I did plan on going on another visit it would probably be official," Isaac said. "Whatever the situation may be, possibly a game. This was kind of something where we already had the tickets and they offered and it was convenient. Obviously it's pretty expensive so we're just going to plan things out from here on."


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