Former four-star prospect Ty Isaac announced his decision to transfer from the USC Trojans this week after one season on the west coast. The Joliet, Illinois, native has said he would like to play closer to home the rest of his career but hasn’t announced where exactly that will be. One spot that makes a lot of sense for the talented back would be in South Bend with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
When Isaac was originally being recruited out of high school, Notre Dame landed in his top three schools before he ultimately chose USC. Now that he’s back on the market, he could move on to one of his other top choices from his recruiting cycle as he fits the mold of a “traditional” Notre Dame transfer. Head coach Brian Kelly prefers transfers have three years of eligibility remaining, meet the academic standards of the university, and fill a positional need.
Isaac was at USC for just one season, rushing for 236 yards on 40 carries with a touchdown, and will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014 season. He was already on the path to signing with Notre Dame, so he must have the academic chops to cut it at the university and he would fill a pressing need on the Irish roster.
Projected starter for 2014 Cam McDaniel graduates following this season and second-year players Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant are the only other running backs on the roster. Notre Dame whiffed on adding a running back in the 2014 recruiting class after Elijah Hood decommitted last summer before signing with his home-state North Carolina Tar Heels.
There’s no denying that Isaac is a talented back who will make an impact on whatever program he decides to join this summer. At Notre Dame, he will be in an environment he knows that he enjoyed during his initial recruitment at an elite academic and football institution with a clear opportunity for playing time. In short, the Irish present the best situation for Isaac’s continued collegiate career.