Michigan picked up a potential instant impact transfer today when Ty Isaac, a former blue-chip recruit who was offered by the Wolverines and considered them out of high school, but signed with USC, decided he would play in Ann Arbor this Fall.
Scout.com's Allen Trieu saw Isaac multiple times in high school and had a chance to see him in action as a freshman with the Trojans.
"He was always a great athlete," Trieu says, "a long-strider who covered ground effortlessly. I think people wondered, with his height and running style, could he absorb hits and break tackles at the next level. He ran free a lot in high school. I think, watching him last year, even though it was in limited action, I think he proved he could do that."
Isaac (6-3, 225 pounds) carried the ball 40 times for 236 yards and scored two touchdowns as a true freshman. He also caught four passes for 57 yards.
"He was in a pretty loaded backfield," Trieu explains. "I thought his talent was evident though. He's big, the definition of deceptively fast, and ran more physically than I expected."
"Obviously we don't know if he can play this Fall yet. If he does, I think it's a pretty good bet he will get carries and I believe he would make a big difference. I think he's built for Big Ten. He's a Midwestern kid and his high school teams played deep into the playoffs, so he's used to grinding it out when the weather gets bad."
Isaac was a five-star recruit and number 7 running back in the nation in the 2013 class. He would have to petition the NCAA to play immediately this Fall.