A bum shoulder didn't prevent USC running back commit Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy) from heading west last weekend.
Isaac traveled to Los Angeles for an unofficial visit Saturday, attending the Trojans' victory against Cal and experiencing the game-day atmosphere on campus for the first time. He returned home Monday with a better understanding of what to expect the next few years.
"It was a great time," Isaac said. "The atmosphere in the Coliseum was nice. They played a great game and were able to bounce back from the Stanford loss. But just being able to see what a game-day atmosphere was like on campus was big. There were a lot of things going on."
It was a weekend filled with mixed emotions. On Friday night, Isaac re-aggravated a shoulder injury he initially suffered in the Aug. 24 season opener. He played through the discomfort, though, finishing with 106 receiving yards and two touchdowns as Joliet Catholic fell to Chicago (Ill.) Marist, 27-24.
Moving forward, Isaac said he plans to help Joliet Catholic reach the postseason -- with or without shoulder pain. He will consider sitting out only when a playoff spot is secured.
"We're trying to do damage control," Isaac said. "I'm doing better. We're just going to take it day by day and see how it progresses. Obviously I want to play and be there for my team because it's the most important thing, but at the same time I want to be able to be there later on in the season."
Isaac, who intends to enroll at USC early, said he is no longer being recruited by other schools. The nation's seventh-ranked running back has no other visits planned.