NU Aims For Another Hilltopper

Northwestern already has Malin Jones locked up for the 2012 recruiting class, but they hope to add another Joliet Catholic running back for the following year. Four-star running back Ty Isaac maintains a close relationship with NU coaches, and thinks very highly of the Wildcats.

Ty Isaac and Northwestern commit Malin Jones have formed a great running back duo for Joliet Catholic Academy this season.

Isaac (6-foot-2, 195), a junior, holds an offer from Jones's future school, Northwestern, and the two Hilltopper stars know they could become a duo in Evanston.

Jones has given a recruiting pitch to Isaac, but has been respectful in allowing his teammate to go through the recruiting process.

"I appreciate him for taking that type of approach," Isaac said of Jones. "I understand if he recruits me, but we know how it is. I just need to make the right decision for me."

Jones joined Isaac on an unofficial visit to Northwestern for their game with Michigan back in October. The junior running back met with the coaches, toured the facilities, and took in the action at Ryan Field.

Isaac left Evanston with positive feelings from his observations.

"You can definitely see the players they've got coming in, they're starting to be what they want to be," Isaac said of Northwestern. "The coaches are all straight up with you. That's something I definitely like."

Isaac speaks regularly over the phone with NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald as well as running backs coach Matt MacPherson.

"We talk football, how family is doing, and whatever else," Isaac said. "It's a pretty good relationship. I definitely want to stay in contact with them and go from there."

A number of things about Northwestern have caught Isaac's attention, and he is impressed.

"I like them," he said. "They seem to be running the ball well—they do it when they need to and when they can. The coaches are straight-up guys. They‘re about the right thing. It's one of those take-it-or-leave-it things. It's a great school."

Isaac is a four-star running back for the class of 2013 rankings. He currently holds offers from Northwestern, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Toledo.

Isaac, Jones, and the JCA Hilltoppers play rival Morris High School in second-round action of the IHSA tournament.

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