University of Southern California running back Ty Isaac announced Wednesday that he would transfer.
Multiple reports indicate that the move was for "personal reasons," and that Isaac hopes to play his college football closer to home.
A source close to the situation said NU is "in the mix" to land Isaac, though he still has "no idea" where he's going.
This bodes well for Northwestern—which should have obvious interest given its hometown loyalties and recent transfer experience. Isaac played his high school football at nearby Joliet Catholic High School.
Better, Isaac was a former five-star recruit who has three years of eligibility remaining. He could earn a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately.
In his freshman season, Isaac had 40 carries for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Per ESPN Los Angeles, coach Steve Sarkisian listed Isaac as the "primary backup" behind co-starters Buck Allen and Tre Madden.
In recent years, Pat Fitzgerald has been aggressive in pursuing transfers. He landed Kyle Prater two seasons ago, and grabbed Rutgers transfer Miles Shuler midway through last season. Fitz offered Isaac out of high school, as did some powerhouse schools.
There's a long way to go, but for Northwestern, the Isaac transfer is one worth noting.