Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Visit reaffirms Ty Isaac's commitment
By Johnny Curren
LOS ANGELES -- Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy) -- the No. 8-rated running back -- made the trek out West this past Thursday for his official visit to USC as part of what was a big recruiting weekend for the Trojans. Having committed to USC back in May, the trip did nothing but solidify his commitment to Lane Kiffin and Co.
A visit to USC confirmed Ty Isaac's decision to join the Trojans next year.
“I had a good time,” said Isaac, who rushed for almost 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2012 despite missing significant time due to shoulder and groin injuries. “Obviously my stance on USC has not changed, and it won’t throughout the rest of the process. I know a lot of people have been asking, but I’m set with where I’m at.”
With Isaac having already been to USC on three separate occasions, this trip was less about discovering anything new about the school or football program than it was about relaxing and enjoying time spent with his future teammates.
“I feel like every time I’ve been out there I’ve had a really good time and I’ve enjoyed myself,” Isaac said. “For the most part, it was just about me getting in there and spending time with the other commits. We’ve got a pretty good class of football players, obviously, but also some really good character guys as well. So it was nice to spend time with them.”
Also on hand this weekend were two highly prized prospects not currently committed to the Trojans, Mission Viejo (Calif.) safety/wide receiver Max Redfield and Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson -- a Texas verbal commit. And while Isaac isn’t necessarily one of those players who likes to get in the ear of other prospects, he was encouraged by what he saw from the two Trojans’ targets.
“I personally don’t really say too much about anything,” Isaac said. “I know guys are going to make the right decision for themselves, whether it’s SC or not. I feel like both of them are going to do what’s best for them, and hopefully it’s the Trojans. They both looked very comfortable on campus. They were comfortable with us, the players on the team and the staff. So I feel good about both.”
Hosted by USC redshirt-freshman quarterback Max Wittek, with whom Isaac has stayed with on all four of his trips to campus, he also enjoyed the conversations that he had with the current Trojans players, in addition to the coaching staff.
“Obviously they like my size,” Isaac said. “I feel like I can do all things pretty well. Playing time is just based on how you take advantage of the opportunities, so when I get there I’m going to do the best that I can.”
Isaac, who has changed course recently and now plans to enroll at USC in May as opposed to January, has heard the rumors that the development could cause him to look around at other programs, but reiterated that nothing could be further from the truth.
“Nothing that they’ve told me has changed and obviously my position about the school hasn’t changed,” Isaac said. “I still feel good and I’m just excited to come in there in May.”
And while schools such as Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State still attempt to gauge his interest, Isaac has no plans to take any other official visits at the moment.
“Like I said,” Isaac said. “I’m really solid with where I’m at.”