Isaac considers Michigan, Illinois, not NU

Northwestern couldn't recruit Ty Isaac if he wasn't listening. More on that and weekend recruiting tidbits.

USC transfer Ty Isaac will reportedly visit Michigan and Illinois, without putting Northwestern into consideration.

More interestingly, the former Joliet Catholic High standout never made contact with the Wildcats—who most analysts viewed as an ideal fit when the process began.

It can hardly be viewed as a recruiting failure when Pat Fitzgerald never had another opportunity to recruit Isaac, who held an offer from NU during his high school career.

In this situation, you can't blame anyone. It had nothing to do with program fit or reputation. It makes sense for Isaac to play in a more conventional—or even I-formation—offense that better suits his needs.

NU, too, has a strong backfield core led by senior Venric Mark and future standouts including Warren Long, Stephen Buckley and incoming Glenbard North HS running back Justin Jackson.

Fitzgerald and staff can focus on now on building their actual USC transfer, Kyle Prater, and on adding to their strong 2015 recruiting class.

Their only hope is that Isaac chooses the program they'll face on the gridiron less often; he should contribute immediately for whichever team he chooses.


Adam Lemke-Bell marks another huge weekend visitor. The three-star offensive tackle fits perfectly with their recruiting mindset. The Wildcats need an offensive lineman for their 2015 recruiting class, and clearly view Lemke-Bell as a player with remarkable upside. He's the starting heavyweight for Oak Park and River Forest High School. Next week, we'll see many more campus visitors.

— Next week should be another interesting weekend on the quarterback front. Northwestern needs another for its 2015 class, and are considering solid prospects including Jason Pellerin, Sam Darnold and four-star pivot Travis Waller. Pellerin will visit next weekend from Louisiana—the longest trip of his life. If that works out, the spot could be taken sooner rather than later.

June expects to be a busy recruiting month, with consistent visitors from across the country. Stay tuned to for the latest recruiting information.

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