Isaac's Popularity Continues to Grow

He's the No.1 running back in the country and the No.13 player in the country by With that kind of ranking, it's no surprise that a lot of the top rushing schools in the country have offered Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill) running back Ty Isaac, including Wisconsin.

MADISON - Freshly minted as not only the top player in the state of Illinois, but as the top running back in the country and the 13th-best player in the country by, Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill) running back Ty Isaac was appreciative of the hype.

He wasn't blown away by it, especially since schools from the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC have already told him the same thing: he's the top running back they are recruiting.

"There are a lot of new schools popping in, schools trying to get me to visit and telling me I am the top running back on their recruiting board," Isaac told Badger Nation. "The recruiting process is what you make of it. You can make it be stressful or you can accept it. It's starting to get hectic, but it hasn't been too bad."

Over the past two weeks, Isaac - 6-2, 220 pounds – said coaches from Auburn, Clemson, Oklahoma and Washington have all popped in to his school and have either offered or visited. They join a long list that includes Arkansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and USC to name a few.

Recently, Isaac visited Notre Dame and Michigan and will take in USC later this month, which are the three schools that were among the first to offer him.

"I've been getting steady interest from (those three schools) for a long time," said Isaac.

Although they are just a couple hours to the north and well known for developing NFL running backs, Wisconsin hasn't been one of the schools that have heavily pursued him since he was offered. Isaac visited UW last summer, but it appears the Badgers are looking elsewhere.

"We speak here and there, but I don't know if I am going to go up there again for a visit," said Isaac. "I haven't talked to them much since the new staff came."

A starter since his freshman season, Isaac was named the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year after rushing for 2,114 yards and 45 touchdowns on 203 carries. He scored 51 total touchdowns and rushed for 515 yards and six touchdowns in the 2011 state title game, a loss to Lombard Montini.

Isaac put up those numbers while still splitting carries with teammate Malin Jones, who will be a true freshman at Northwestern this upcoming fall.

"We both had a lot of production last year," Isaac said. "This year is going to be fun to see if we can get back to the title game."

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